Oscar J. Salinas
Professor and Faculty Coach
UNC School of Law
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 Negotiations, and he is the faculty coach for the Client Counseling teams and the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association Moot Court Teams. He is the author of A Short and Happy Guide to Effective Client Interviewing and Counseling (West 2016).
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
, 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). 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.