Senior Associate General Counsel

Senior Associate General Counsel




Clemson is calling...are you ready to answer the call?  

One of the most productive public research universities in the nation, Clemson University attracts and powerfully unites students, faculty and staff whose greatest desire is to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Clemson has recently been named a top 25 public college in the country by the Wall Street Journal, a top South Carolina employer by Forbes and a Military Friendly Employer for five years running. Through our research, outreach and entrepreneurial projects, Clemson University and its employees are driving economic development and improving quality of life in South Carolina and beyond.

So,... are you ready?



Clemson University is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior Associate General Counsel to provide expert legal advice and counsel on complex legal matters. This position requires an attorney who can work independently or as the lead attorney of a legal team, with a primary focus on strategic public-private relationships and related transactions driven by intellectual property law and business law.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, the president, the administration, faculty and staff on legal matters involving or affecting Clemson University. To learn more about the Office of General Counsel, please visit our website.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Legal Guidance: Provide legal guidance and advice regarding strategies, procedures, and policies that facilitate the achievement of all three Clemson Elevate pillar goals with efforts primarily focused on research, entrepreneurism, and the management/commercialization of intellectual capital. Guidance and advice should be based on applicable law, including intellectual property and business law, and be the result of the exercise of sound legal judgment.
  • Transactional Legal Support: Provide transactional legal support to the Offices of External Affairs, Development, Research, and Athletics, among others, in the creation of strategies, structures, and deal terms for specific public-private collaborations.  Transactional support includes deal ideation, structure, negotiation, and transactional based document production.
  • Entrepreneurial Culture Development: Provide legal guidance and advice for the creation and growth of an entrepreneurial culture on campus for students, faculty, and staff, including support for the Brook T. Smith Launchpad and related initiatives.
  • Additional Legal Duties: Perform such other legal duties as assigned by the General Counsel.


  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) or equivalent from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the S.C. Bar or ability to obtain a limited certificate of admission under S. C. App. Ct. R. 405.
  • Work experience of 15+ years, primarily in areas of intellectual property law, public-private collaborations, and entrepreneurism.


  • Advanced degree in a scientific field.
  • Experience as a researcher with peer reviewed publications/patents.
  • Experience negotiating collaborative agreements between higher education entities NGO¿s, government entities, and the private sector.
  • Licensed patent attorney (USPTO).



Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

Acts as Lead - Acts as a Lead by guiding the work of others who perform essentially the same work.

No Budget Responsibilities - No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.



  90% - Sit (stationary position) for prolonged period
100% - Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself



Standard Hrs: 37.5



Salary is dependent upon several factors including, but not limited to, a candidate's previous experience, knowledge, skills and performance in accordance with Clemson's compensation guidelines.




Normal Operations

Required to follow emergency facility closure directives, and not normally expected work on-site during emergency situations.



Clemson, SC



Apply today to be a part of our dynamic legal team and contribute to the success and growth of Clemson University. Please submit via Interfolio, a cover letter, resume/CV, and a list of five references by Wednesday, July 19th, 2024.

Please direct any confidential inquiries, nominations, or questions to the Clemson Executive Search Team. 

Brennan Ledford, Executive Talent Partner




Clemson University is proud to allow educational equivalency for military technical certifications and trainings that directly relate to the job duties.

South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.      

State policy for veteran preference states that for qualifying, full-time permanent positions, a veteran applicant may receive preference if they meet the job's minimum qualifications, were discharged under honorable conditions from the military, and submit their DD-214 for confidential review by the Office of Human Resources.

To claim Veteran Preference for qualifying positions, email upon submission of your application.         



Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, or related medical condition), national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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