Janine M. Zanin

Clinical Professor of Law and Assistant Director of the Externship Program

(919) 962-4068
5111 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Janine Zanin joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2006. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and serves as the Assistant Director of the Externship Program. Her teaching and research interests include Legal Ethics and Professionalism. She is a regular presenter at academic conferences and continuing legal education programs on the topic of ethical supervision of law students and new lawyers.

Zanin earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was the Student Note Editor of the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal and was awarded the Order of the Wig and Robe. Following law school, she practiced in the New York City Housing Court as a Court Attorney for the judicial branch and served as a Senior Court Attorney in the New York City Criminal Court, providing legal counsel on city-wide matters in the Office of the Chief Court Attorney. She also facilitated the initiation of the Housing Court and Housing Resource Center at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, one of the nation’s first community courts. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, she was a staff attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services representing inmates on Post-Conviction matters. Zanin is licensed to practice law in New York and North Carolina.


  • J.D. (Order of the Wig and Robe), University of South Carolina at Columbia (1997)
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1993)