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Contact's full name:Professor Noah Weisbord
Title:Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee
Organization:Florida International University College of Law
 Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall
 11200 SW 8th Street
 Miami FL 33199
Description:Florida International University College of Law, a public law school located in Miami, Florida, seeks applicants for entry-level or lateral appointments for the position of Lecturer in Legal Skills and Values. The start date for the position is August 2015. The College of Law's Legal Skills and Values program consists of two required courses in the first year of law school, and an additional required course by the end of a student's fourth semester. We are seeking dedicated legal writing and skills teachers to teach legal research, analysis, and written and oral communication skills, all with a heavy emphasis on professionalism, to students in the first-year courses. Lateral candidates should show a demonstrated record of teaching excellence. Entry-level candidates should show commitment to excellence in teaching and significant potential as law teachers. Relevant experience from legal practice is an asset. This is a full-time faculty appointment, with an initial one-year term, with the possibility of a three-year term and then successive five-year terms. Anticipated salary is between $60,000 and $80,000, depending upon experience. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a listing of three references. The Appointments Committee may request additional material such as teaching evaluations and letters of recommendation. Review will begin immediately and continue until the position or positions are filled. Please submit applications electronically to Professor Noah Weisbord - Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee at: Facultycareers.fiu.edu. When applying please reference Job Opening ID 508683. Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie-engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-03-01

Contact's full name:Tracy Turner
Title:Director of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills
Organization:Southwestern Law School
 3050 Wilshire Boulevard
 Los Angeles CA 90010
Description:Southwestern Law School is seeking applicants for a full-time position as a professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS). Our innovative LAWS course offers first-year students six credits of instruction in core lawyering skills including research, writing, client counseling, oral advocacy, and professionalism. Entry-level appointment as an Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills is for an initial contract of one year with the possibility of presumptively renewable five-year contracts after the third year. LAWS professors participate actively in the life of Southwestern and enjoy full faculty voting rights. The LAWS program has a director and shared core assignments, but faculty members each select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons. Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic record, and at least two years of post-law school experience demonstrating the potential for excellence in teaching legal writing and other practical lawyering skills. Teaching experience is preferred but not required. Southwestern is committed to faculty diversity. Applicants should be prepared to start work as early as May 2015 and to start teaching as early as June 15, 2015. Please send a cover letter and resume to lawsad2015@swlaw.edu. You can address your cover letter to Members of the LAWS Hiring Committee.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-02-15

Contact's full name:Seymour Moskowitz
Organization:Valparaiso University Law School
 656 Greenwich Street
 Valparaiso IN 46383
Description:VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL is seeking a visitor for a full-time legal writing position for academic year 2015-2016. Valparaiso students complete a comprehensive three-year program of legal writing. In the Fall semester, the person hired will teach a combination of one-credit, seven-week courses to first- and second-year students. Each section has approximately twenty to thirty-nine students, depending on the course. Possibilities include second-year courses in appellate brief writing and introduction to drafting and a first-year course in business communication. In the Spring semester, the visitor will teach a two-credit legal writing course for first-year students. Librarians teach research as an additional one credit course during the students' first three semesters. Legal writing professors are supported by student teaching assistants, whose duties vary with the course being taught.Questions about the curriculum may be addressed to Professor Ruth Vance, Legal Writing Director, at Ruth.Vance@valpo.edu or 219.465.7862.Preferred applicants will have experience teaching legal writing.Application Procedure: Applications will be accepted until February 4. Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, and (3) a list of three references with their contact information. These materials should be sent either electronically or in hard copy to: Professor Seymour Moskowitz, Appointments Committee Chair, at Sy.Moskowitz@valpo.edu. Mailing address is Valparaiso University Law School, 656 Greenwich Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383.Valparaiso University is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Type:part-time
Faculty Vote:No
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-02-04

Contact's full name:Anne M Enquist
Title:Director, Legal Writing Program
Organization:Seattle University School of Law
 901 12th Avenue
 Sullivan Hall
 Seattle WA 981222
Description:Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills Position AY 2015-16 School of Law Seattle University

Seattle University School of Law is currently accepting applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills in its Legal Writing Program from August 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.

Seattle University is an established leader in the field of legal writing. It founded the Legal Writing Institute, it has hosted seven Legal Writing Institute summer conferences, and its faculty has published numerous books and articles relating to legal writing. As a result, for the last six years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Seattle University's legal writing program as the #1 legal writing program in the United States. For more information about Seattle University's writing program, see http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Academics/Legal_Writing_.

The successful candidate will be required to teach three courses: 2 two-semester, 4-credit, first-year courses that introduce students to legal research, legal reading, legal analysis, citation, and effective writing (Legal Writing I) and 1 one-semester, 3-credit, second-year course that introduces students to persuasive writing and oral advocacy (Legal Writing II). For these courses, the successful candidate will be responsible for classroom teaching, meeting students one-on-one in student appointments about their writing, and critiquing and grading student papers.

Requirements: JD from an ABA-accredited institution, two or more years of experience teaching legal writing, and two or more years practicing law. Candidates should also have excellent writing and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to create and lead a challenging, yet supportive academic environment in and out of the classroom for students.

Preferred: Experience working as a judicial law clerk.

Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students, and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The school's commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection, and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity, and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide variety of successful careers in law, business, and public service.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 48 acres on Seattle's Capitol Hill. More than 7,700 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2015" ranks Seattle University among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Applicants should submit materials online at https://jobs/seattle.edu, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample that has not been edited by another person, and the names and contact information of three references (letters will be solicited upon submission of application). Review of applications will begin on February 18, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Anne Enquist at ame@seattleu.edu or Professor Mary Bowman at bowmanm1@seattleu.edu
Position Type:1-4 years
Faculty Vote:No
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-02-17