Oscar J. Salinas

Director, Academic Excellence Program and Clinical Professor of Law

(919) 962-0279
5064 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Academic Support
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Client Counseling
  • Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
  • Interviewing and Client Counseling
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Profession
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing


O.J. Salinas joined Carolina Law in 2011 as the first Hispanic to ever hold a full-time faculty position at the law school. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and serves as the Director of Academic Excellence. His teaching and research interests include academic and bar support, legal writing, and client counseling. He has written several essays and blog posts on academic and bar support, and he is the author of A Short and Happy Guide to Effective Client Interviewing and Counseling (West 2016). In 2017, Salinas received the Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (along with Alexa Chew). He also received the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence from the graduating Class of 2017.

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


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

Selected Publications

Improving Bar Success: Curricular Changes at University of North Carolina School of Law, 88 BAR EXAMINER (Summer 2019).
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KF311 S25 2016

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.
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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).
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