Legal Advisor

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Legal

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Provides legal guidance to the department. The primary duties include structuring solutions for disputes, providing support in legal issues and reviewing legal materials and contracts.

Level Scope:

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of areas typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Legal Advisor must:

  • Litigate viable claims of innocence on behalf of inmates
  • Supervise volunteer lawyers, investigators and interns who investigate and evaluate the cases of inmates who claim they are innocent of the crime for which they have been convicted
  • Determine whether cases are suitable for DNA or other forensic testing, determine whether other avenues are available to establish a claim of innocence, and litigate viable claims of innocence on behalf of inmates
  • Visit penal institutions on a regular basis and as necessary to speak with clients and conduct screening interviews as needed
  • Conduct other factual investigations, as needed, to assess and develop inmates' cases
  • Make court appearances as needed for cases generated by work for inmates
  • Contribute to classroom instruction and outreach efforts

35% of Time the Legal Advisor must:

  • Assist with required grant reports.

5% of Time the Legal Advisor must:

  • Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Licensed to practice law in Idaho
● Comply with grant and other reporting requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school;

Active Idaho Bar Member in good standing, or ability to be licensed in 1 year.

A minimum of Five (5) years as a practicing attorney in good standing or related professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience as a criminal defense lawyer or prosecutor.
Salary and Benefits:

Annual Salary $67,455 to $74,000. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Resume and Cover Letter



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