Oscar J. Salinas

Print This Page (PDF) Director, Academic Excellence Program and Clinical Associate Professor of Law


  • 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, O.J. Salinas is the first Hispanic to hold a full-time faculty position at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Salinas is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law, and he serves as the law school's Director of Academic Excellence. As Director, Salinas oversees all aspects of the law school's Academic Excellence Program, which provides academic support services to all UNC Law students from pre-orientation through the bar exam. He teaches courses focused on bar support, legal writing, and negotiations and client counseling.

In 2017, UNC Law awarded Professor Salinas the Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. He was also awarded the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence by the graduating Class of 2017.

Salinas is the faculty coach for the law school's Client Counseling teams and the Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association appellate advocacy teams. He has served as a Contributing Editor for the Law School Academic Support Blog, and he is the Senior Editor for the Law School Academic Support Project website.

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. He began teaching at UNC in 2011.

select Presentations

Served on a panel at the 2018 UNC Diversity & Inclusion THINKposium.  Panel topic:  Belonging--What a Feeling!

Invited plenary speaker at the 2018 Association of Academic Support Educators Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  Presentation topic:  Counseling in the ASP World: An Interactive Workshop on Enhancing our ASP Counseling Skills.

Presented at the 2017 Association of Academic Support Educators Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Presentation topic:   Educators, Attorneys, and Counselors--Oh My! (A Workshop on Enhancing our ASP Counseling Skills). 

Moderated a discussion at the 2017 Carolinas Colloquium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Presentation topic:  Being in the Room Where it Happens--A Conversation about the Conversations LRW Faculty have with Students in Individual Conferences.

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

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. [SSRN]
  • 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, BEPress, Document Link (PDF)]
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