Oscar J. Salinas

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  • M.A., Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio (2007)
  • J.D. (Cum Laude), University of Dayton (1999)
  • B.A., Psychology & Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude), Saint Mary's University (Texas) (1996)

A native of South Texas, Oscar J. "O.J." Salinas is the first Hispanic to hold a full-time faculty position at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He teaches Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy (RRWA) and Negotiations, and he is the faculty coach for the Client Counseling teams and the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association Moot Court Teams. He is the author of A Short and Happy Guide to Effective Client Interviewing and Counseling (West 2016).

Professor Salinas is actively involved in law school academic success. He assists with the Writing and Learning Resources Center’s academic excellence programs, where he helps run the first-year pre-orientation program, oversees the oral advocacy support groups, and provides one-on-one academic counseling to students at Carolina Law. Salinas is also the Senior Editor for the Law School Academic Success website (www.lawschoolasp.org), and he has worked as a lead professor for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) to help orient pre-law students from underrepresented backgrounds to the study of law.

Professor Salinas graduated Cum Laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1999, where he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. He was an Associate Editor for the Dayton Law Review, participated on the Moot Court team, and was an intraschool Moot Court Champion.

Following law school, Professor Salinas practiced civil litigation in Texas. He was also a Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Salinas also received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from UTSA, where he worked with individuals suffering from severe mental illness to students seeking educational academic support.

Recent Presentations

Presented at the 2016 Association of Academic Support Educators in New York City. Presentation topic: Growing National Problem--Diversity and Inclusiviity at our Law Schools: What Can We Do to Help Foster a Supportive Learning Environment for ALL of Our Students?

Presented on the academic success panel at the 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference in Boca Raton, Florida. Presentation topic: Fostering a Supportive Environment to Enhance Learning In and Out of the Law School Classroom.

Presented at the 2015 Association of Academic Support Educators in Chicago, Illinois. Presentation topic: Help Light (or Brighten) the Light Bulb: Use of Oral Presentations and Client Interviews to Reach a Variety of Learners.

Presented at the 2015 Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference in Durham, North Carolina. Presentation topic: Connecting the Work of Clinicians, Legal Writing Professors, and Practicing Attorneys to Prepare Students for Law Practice.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Beyond the Socratic Class: Helping Prepare Practice-Ready Students by Incorporating Client Interviews in the 1L LRW Class, THE LEARNING CURVE (AALS Section on Academic Support), Summer 2015.
  • Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Maintaining the Foundation of Strong Individual Professional Development, THE LEARNING CURVE (AALS Section on Academic Support), Winter 2014 at 12. [SSRN, Document Link]
  • Law School Learning Communities: A Community of Learners for the Benefit of All Learners, 19 THE LAW TEACHER 28 (Fall 2012). [SSRN, Hein, Document Link (PDF)]
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