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 is the faculty coach for the Holderness Moot Court Interviewing and Counseling teams.

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), 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 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.

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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  • 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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