Assistant General Counsel-Exec Mgt – East Lansing, MI

Assistant General Counsel-Exec Mgt

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

The University seeks an Assistant General Counsel who will provide legal advice related to litigation and direct representation of the University in litigation and arbitrations. The person will be responsible for a significant portion of the University's litigation portfolio. The person will also function as a generalist, providing advice and services in a variety of subject areas handled by OGC. Substantial knowledge and experience in a minimum of three practice areas relevant to higher education is preferred, such as labor and employment, civil rights, Title IX, FERPA, student life, state and federal constitutional law, contracts and procurement, business transactions, risk management and insurance, subpoena and discovery practice, policy development, health care, and public records.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Law

Minimum Requirements

  • The required qualifications include a Juris Doctorate granted by an ABA accredited law school.
  • Admission to or eligibility for admission to the State Bar of Michigan within 6 months of the position start date;
  • at least 6 years of relevant work experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong academic background. 
  • Excellent writing ability and advocacy skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, work on, and advance multiple concurrent projects and issues.
  • Ability to address and advise diverse groups of University constituents. 
  • Familiarity with college/university operations is a plus.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.

Special Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Brian Quinn, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, by applying to Posting 849653 at by April 7, 2023.  Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool has not been identified by the deadline.  The successful candidate will be required to complete a criminal background check.

Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

The Office of the General Counsel represents the University with respect to all litigation and supervises all outside legal services provided to the University to assure they meet the highest standards.  Our services include advice and counsel on all matters that have legal significance for the University, including contract review, advice regarding state and federal laws, legal workshops, and educational programs.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


Find Jobs