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Assistant General Counsel


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  General Counsel (10000804)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Definition of Class

This position performs duties in representing the legal interests of the University by providing legal support and guidance to University senior leadership, staff and faculty. Incumbent makes decisions concerning the proper response to legal inquiries from University clients and responds to requests from individuals outside the University related to legal issues. 


 Annual salary: $86,869 - $100,000 (may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget)

Examples of Work Performed
  • Provides advice to University departments and offices pertaining to various legal issues and obligations that may affect the University including, but not limited, to compliance with state and federal regulations, risk management strategies, transactional actions, and employment law.  
  • Analyzes legal risks for different courses of action being considered by University personnel.  
  • Collaborates and coordinates with University officials, offices and departments to provide legal education and support.
  • Reviews contracts and recommends proactive strategies and actions to minimize legal risks and ensure legal compliance.  
  • Participates in the planning and development of long-term projects as assigned; implements, plans and reviews the effectiveness of long-term projects.
  • Develops and presents training sessions to University personnel on compliance and other legal topics that are relevant to University functions.
  • Conducts in-depth legal research and composes memos, policies, letters, or other work product to support the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Responds to requests for public records, subpoenas and other outside requests related to legal matters.
  • May provide supervision and guidance to personnel in the Office of the General Counsel, including legal secretaries, law fellows, law school interns and graduate students.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned by the General Counsel.
Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Provides legal advice to senior leadership, staff and faculty on a broad range of legal issues.
  2. Responds to requests from outside the University related to legal matters.
  3. Conducts in-depth legal research to support the work of the General Counsel.  
  4. Prepares written work product in the form of memos, policies, letters, etc., to the General Counsel.
Minimum Education/Experience

Juris Doctorate Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, member of the Mississippi Bar Association, or obtain admission into the Mississippi Bar within 6 months of employment.




Four (4) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi