University Counsel

California, United States
Jan 28, 2021
End of advertisement period
Mar 28, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Office of the General Counsel

Please note, the funding for this role is the same as for requisition ID 87713.  We may have flexibility as to whether the selected candidate works full-time or 80% FTE.  If you are open to either option, please apply to the full-time position. If you are only interested in working one of these schedules, please only apply to the posting that matches your required schedule. You may provide further detail/explanation of your choice in your cover letter.

Immediate opening for a 100% attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at Stanford University. This is a University Counsel position and reports to the Deputy General Counsel for Research and Medicine.

This attorney is primarily responsible for providing legal counsel to the Stanford University School of Medicine (SOM), but may also provide advice across the University.

The attorney must have experience with one or more of the following:  complex agreements in a highly regulated environment; sophisticated business transactions; and litigation and investigations. Other preferred areas of expertise include experience working with universities or academic medical centers, medical education and physician services agreements and advice, and animal research. 

The position requires excellent client management skills and the ability to juggle competing interests. It also requires discretion, flexibility, excellent judgment, collaboration and the ability to understand and manage a broad range of client needs in a constantly changing, cutting-edge academic and medical center environment. The attorney must be able to work independently, while also partnering and working collaboratively with outside counsel and other staff attorneys.


Applicants should have a law degree from an accredited law school and a minimum of six years of relevant experience, and be a member of the California Bar or able to become one shortly. Requirements include excellence in academic credentials, writing, analytical and communication skills as well as good judgment and a practical approach to solving legal problems. Applicants must be comfortable with technology, committed to teamwork, responsive and have a proven record of providing the highest quality client service.

***The final candidate will need to successfully pass a background check to be considered for this position.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 3076
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: N
  • Requisition ID: 87712