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Oscar J. Salinas

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Education

  • 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).  Professor Salinas also assists with the Writing and Learning Resources Center’s academic success programs, and he is the faculty coach for the Holderness Interviewing and Counseling teams.  Salinas is also the lead professor for the Southeast Region's Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), where he teaches a program designed to 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), where he taught Learning Communities academic support courses through the Tómas Rivera Center for Student Success. Salinas also taught undergraduate Criminal Justice courses, as well as a graduate level course in the Master’s in Justice Policy program.

Professor Salinas is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. While in college, Salinas played tennis and was a Writing Tutor at the Learning Assistance Center. He 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 on "Integrating Client Interview Skills in the 1L Legal Research and Writing Class" at the 2013 Legal Writing Institute's Regional Workshop in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Presented on "Expert Learning for Law Students" at the 2013 Council on Legal Education Opportunity's Attitude is Essential Seminar in Miami, Florida.

Co-presented with Professor Craig Smith on "Hybrid Teaching Beyond the Traditional Classroom" at the 2013 Institute for Law Teaching and Learning in Topeka, Kansas.

Co-presented with Professor Jon McClanahan on "The (Mis)Use of Statistics in Evaluating Academic Success Programs" at the 2013 AALS Annual Meeting (Academic Support Section) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Presented on "Counseling Students on Academic and Non-Academic Issues" at the Law School Admission Council's 2012 Academic Assistance Training Workshop in Denver, Colorado.

Presented on "Learning Disabilities and Law School Study Aids" at the Law School Admission Council's 2011 Academic Assistance Workshop in San Antonio, Texas.

Curriculum Vitae PDF

Selected Publications

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  • Law School Learning Communities: A Community of Learners for the Benefit of All Learners, 19 THE LAW TEACHER 28 (Fall 2012). [Hein, Document Link]
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