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Contact's full name:Craig T. Smith
Title:Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean
Organization:University of North Carolina School of Law
 Campus Box 3380
 
 Chapel Hill NC 27599-3380
 
Phone:919-962-7059
Fax:
Email:crgsmith@email.unc.edu
Website:
Description:The UNC School of Law seeks to hire a full-time clinical faculty member to start in summer 2017. The person hired will generally teach two sections of two graded, three-credit, first-year courses: Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy (RRWA) I and II. Each section will have about 17 students, and each semester a professor starts fresh with different students. The person hired will likely have opportunities periodically to substitute a different course and, accordingly, to teach three rather than four RRWA sections in a year. The person hired will join the School of Law's nine-person Writing and Learning Resources Center (WLRC) (http://www.law.unc.edu/academics/wlrc). The WLRC is expanding because one member (Jon McClanahan) is now an associate dean and other members are increasingly teaching outside the first-year curriculum. Our experienced team is collaborative and creative. For example:

--We teach writing---and closely related skills---in ways that integrate research strategy, citation literacy, and professionalism
--We use an innovative textbook written by our colleague Alexa Chew and our former colleague (and now professional writer) Katie Rose Guest Pryal: The Complete Legal Writer (Carolina Academic Press 2016). The book pioneers a genre-discovery approach that promotes student autonomy by linking sample documents with clear explanations and teaching a systematic process for learning to write unfamiliar legal documents.
--WLRC members also provide some academic support and counseling in various ways.

Candidates must have a J.D., bar admission, and practice or clerkship experience. Candidates should have an outstanding academic record, the ability and desire to work collaboratively on an established team, and experience or demonstrated potential in teaching. A strong plus is additional experience or degrees in education, counseling, or academic excellence work. The individuals hired receive an initial three year, nine month appointment subject to long term contract renewal.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications must be submitted electronically at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/105835. Applications should include a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and contact information for four references. Confidential inquiries are welcome; contact Professor Craig Smith, Assistant Dean for the Writing and Learning Resources Center, at 919.962.7059 or crgsmith@email.unc.edu. For more information about School of Law, visit www.law.unc.edu.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Salary:80-89k
Students
Per Semester:
31-35
Submission Deadline:2017-01-31

Contact's full name:Jason Potter Burda
Title:Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee
Organization:University of Massachusetts School of Law
 333 Faunce Corner Road
 
 North Dartmouth MA 02747
 
Phone:5089851191
Fax:
Email:jpotter1@umassd.edu
Website:http://www.umassd.edu/hr/employmentopportunities/
Description:THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL OF LAW -- DARTMOUTH

Full-Time Lecturer, Legal Skills I and II

Position Announcement

The University of Massachusetts School of Law -- Dartmouth invites applications from persons interested in teaching Legal Skills I and II, courses in which students develop abilities in legal research, writing, and analysis. Legal Skills I and II are part of the law school's core first-year required curriculum. Full-Time Lecturers may also apply to teach a summer course for additional compensation subject to the law school's curricular needs, and are eligible to apply for summer research stipends subject to the law school's standard selection process. The position will begin in July 2017. Successful applicants must be available to teach in the day and evening/weekend divisions, as needed.

The law school's mission emphasizes public service and access to legal education. The law school seeks to prepare students to practice law in a competent and ethical manner while serving the community. We offer a robust legal education program that includes nine required credits of Legal Skills, including six in the first-year at credit hours equal to other first-year courses, an Upper-Level Writing Requirement, simulated practice courses, in-house and off-campus clinical programs, and a field placement program under the guidance of experienced practitioners.

Minimum qualifications: Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic credentials, and previous experience teaching legal writing.

Preferred qualifications: We prefer applicants with full-time legal writing teaching experience.

To apply please submit an application package @ http://www.umassd.edu/hr/employmentopportunities/ including (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) the contact information for three professional references, (4) two samples of feedback on student work (anonymized), (5) a copy of prior student evaluations, and (6) a writing sample.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

UMass Law is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups who will add diversity to the Law School Community.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, Presidential Executive Orders, and state and local laws designed to protect employees and job applicants from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, veteran status or other non-merit based factors.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on all potential employees.
Position Type:1-4 years
Faculty Vote:Yes
Salary:70-79k,80-89k,90+k
Students
Per Semester:
41-45
Submission Deadline:2017-01-31

Contact's full name:Kristi Running
Title:Clinical Professor of Law
Organization:University of Idaho College of Law
 875 Perimeter Dr. 2321
 
 Moscow ID 83844
 
Phone:2088850860
Fax:2088850860
Email:krunning@uidaho.edu
Website:www.uidaho.edu/law
Description:The University of Idaho College of Law is hiring an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law to teach the College's legal analysis and writing course on a full-time basis at its Boise, Idaho location. The course is a two-semester, five-credit, required first-year course. This role will be responsible for developing the course collaboratively with two other faculty members located at the College of Law's other location in Moscow. In addition to shared responsibility for course development, this role will be responsible for the direct instruction of a section of approximately 35-40 students. This role will also teach an additional two-credit course, depending on areas of interest and the College of Law's curricular needs. For more information on the position, and to apply, please visit: https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/16130.
Position Type:1-4 years
Faculty Vote:Yes
Salary:70-79k
Students
Per Semester:
36-40
Submission Deadline:2017-01-23

Contact's full name:Susan Ferrazzano
Title:Human Resources Coordinator
Organization:University of Pennsylvania Law School
 3501 Sansom St.
 
 Philadelphia PA 19104
 us
Phone:2155739595
Fax:2155739595
Email:sferrazz@law.upenn.edu
Website:https://www.law.upenn.edu/
Description:Legal Practice Skills

Penn Law's innovative Legal Practice Skills program offers practical training in the diverse writing and communication skills today's lawyers need. The centerpiece of the program is a mandatory first-year course, which spans two semesters and carries six credits (four in the fall; two in the spring). While providing students with a solid foundation in legal research, analysis, and writing, Legal Practice Skills also introduces them to a range of other essential practice skills, including fact development, interviewing, negotiation, basic contract drafting, and informal oral and written communication. The course presents assignments as simulations to help students understand the context in which these skills are deployed in practice.

More broadly, the Legal Practice Skills program seeks to encourage our students to recognize practice readiness and skill development as central to their Penn Law experience and offer opportunities for them to build those skills over the course of their three years here. To that end, the Legal Practice Skills program also functions as an umbrella organization for a range of other Law School activities and services, including upper-level course development, the Academic Support program, the summer legal writing course for LLM students, additional writing assistance and writing sample support, co-curricular skills development programming, and the intramural moot court competition.

Penn Law seeks two Senior Lecturers from diverse practice backgrounds to join the Legal Practice Skills program.

The Senior Lecturer Position
Senior Lecturers teach Legal Practice Skills to one section of approximately forty first-year students, assume substantial responsibility for one of the other Legal Practice Skills activities and services, and have the option of teaching an upper-level experiential writing or practical-skills course.

In their role as teachers of the Legal Practice Skills course, Senior Lecturers are expected to:
- Collaborate with peers to design and execute a curriculum that is uniform across the first-year class;
- Teach first-year students in large lecture, small group, and one-on-one formats;
- Review and provide individualized feedback on student work; and
- Supervise third-year-student Littleton Fellows as they work with smaller cohorts of first-year students.

Salary will be $80,000, and Senior Lecturers will be eligible for the full range of benefits described on the Benefits of Working at Penn website https://www.hr.upenn.edu/pennbenefits.

The appointment will begin July 1, 2017 and is subject to an initial, one-year probationary term, with the possibility of renewal for two additional two-year terms. After five years, the position will again be subject to a competitive search. Incumbent position holders will be eligible to participate in future searches, but will not be entitled to any presumption in favor of rehiring in those searches.

Candidates should have at least five years of recent, post-law-school, professional experience; demonstrated ability in legal reasoning, writing, and other practice skills; and superior academic records. Candidates with practice experience in areas other than litigation are invited and encouraged to apply. Prior teaching experience is not required.

Applications
To apply, please go to the Penn Faculty Searches website at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/1039. Materials required to apply: a one-page cover letter describing your interest, a resume, your law school transcript, a writing sample, and three references (letters preferred, but a list of contact information will also be accepted). Review of applications will begin January 2017.

Please note: The Legal Practice Skills program will not provide instructors with institutional support or preparation for entering the traditional legal academic market. Penn Law encourages scholars interested in legal academia to apply for one of its academic fellowships. More information on those programs is available at https://www.law.upenn.edu/faculty/fellowships.php.

The University of Pennsylvania Law School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania Law School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class status in its employment practices. To learn more about the University's policies and practices visit http://www.upenn.edu/affirm-action/eoaa.html.
Position Type:1-4 years
Faculty Vote:Yes
Salary:80-89k
Students
Per Semester:
36-40
Submission Deadline:2017-04-30

Contact's full name:Patrick Rietz
Title:Director of Human Resources
Organization:University of Illinois College of Law
 504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
 
 Champaign IL 61820
 
Phone:217-265-9882
Fax:
Email:rietz@illinois.edu
Website:
Description:Teaching Professor of Legal Writing
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law

The University of Illinois College of Law seeks applicants for a Teaching Professor of Legal Writing to begin in August 2017. This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track position with the possibility of renewable contracts. Depending on experience, the individual will be hired on the University's Specialized Faculty Track as a Teaching Assistant Professor, Teaching Associate Professor, or Teaching Professor. This individual will teach one section of the graded first-year legal writing courses, Legal Writing & Analysis and Introduction to Advocacy, as well as one or two upper-level courses, including at least one upper-level writing course.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. They must also have excellent writing and analytical skills, an outstanding law school record, and a minimum of two years of legal practice experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Prior teaching experience is preferred.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following items as a single PDF file by February 1, 2017: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a writing sample, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date, but no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with experience. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Patrick Rietz, Director of Human Resources, at rietz@illinois.edu or at 217-265-9882.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).
Position Type:1-4 years
Faculty Vote:Yes
Salary:60-69k,70-79k,80-89k
Students
Per Semester:
31-35
Submission Deadline:2017-02-01

Contact's full name:Larry Cunningham
Title:Vice Dean & Professor of Legal Writing
Organization:St. John's University Law School
 8000 Utopia Parkway
 
 Queens NY 11439
 
Phone:718-990-7616
Fax:
Email:Larry.Cunningham@stjohns.edu
Website:law.stjohns.edu
Description:ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment to teach Legal Writing in its J.D. program, beginning in the fall of 2017. The professor will teach one section (approximately 45 students) of Legal Writing, a 2-credit course taught in each of the fall and spring semesters. The professor may, depending on curricular needs and his or her interest, teach other courses in advanced writing, drafting, or doctrinal subjects. St. John's has a robust program in writing and skills development that includes a Writing Center staffed by accomplished upper level students, a full-time Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement, and a curriculum rich in advanced writing and legal practice courses.

Legal Writing faculty are fully engaged members of the Law School community. They are encouraged to undertake scholarship and are supported in doing so. All faculty, including Legal Writing professors, are able to hire research and teaching assistants, participate in faculty colloquia, receive support for academic travel, and are eligible for summer research grants and publication awards. They participate in committees, hold administrative positions, and engage in other aspects of shared governance.

The School of Law is part of St. John's University, a Catholic and Vincentian institution of higher education committed to academic excellence and service to those lacking economic, physical, or social advantages. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, St. John's encourages applications from women and minorities. The University is located in New York City in the borough of Queens, on record as the most diverse urban county in the United States. Diversity of all kinds is welcomed and encouraged at the Law School, which benefits from student organizations like the Black Law Students Association, Latino American Law Students Association, the Gay and Lesbian Law Association, and others.

A candidate hired as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing will be given a one-year renewable contract that can lead, after three years, to renewable longer-term contracts with security of position. Candidates should have strong academic records (including a J.D. or its equivalent) and experience in law practice. They should be able to show a strong interest and competency in teaching legal research and writing. Teaching experience is a plus.

Applicants should submit a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) the names of three references, (4) a writing sample, and (5) teaching evaluations (if available) to Larry Cunningham, Vice Dean and Professor of Legal Writing, at lawfac@stjohns.edu. Please submit the documents as a single PDF file in the order indicated. Review of applications will commence immediately.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Salary:80-89k,90+k
Students
Per Semester:
41-45
Submission Deadline:2017-01-31

Contact's full name:Kamela Bridges
Title:Director of the David J. Beck Center
Organization:University of Texas School of Law
 727 East Dean Keeton
 
 Austin TX 78705
 us
Phone:5122321864
Fax:
Email:kbridges@law.utexas.edu
Website:https://law.utexas.edu/
Description:Texas Law seeks to hire a visiting legal-writing teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. The person hired will teach two sections of legal analysis and communication in the fall and two sections of persuasive writing and advocacy in the spring. Each section will have approximately 20 to 25 students.

The successful applicant will work with the faculty of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. Job duties will include teaching classes, holding student conferences, training and supervising teaching assistants, creating writing problems, commenting on student papers, and judging oral arguments.

Applicants should have strong academic credentials, including a J.D. from an accredited law school, and proven expertise in legal writing. Law-practice experience, which includes judicial clerkships, is expected. Experience teaching or working with students is valuable.

This visiting position is at the University status of Lecturer, with a nine-month contract (September 2017 to May 2018).

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, and writing sample by visiting https://apply.interfolio.com/40086. The application deadline is January 31, 2017.

For more information, please contact Kamela Bridges, Director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy at kbridges@law.utexas.edu or at (512) 232-1864.
Position Type:upper-limit
Faculty Vote:No
Salary:80-89k
Students
Per Semester:
36-40
Submission Deadline:2017-01-31

Contact's full name:Elizabeth De Armond
Title:Director of Legal Writing
Organization:Chicago-Kent College of Law
 565 W. Adams St.
 
 Chicago IL 60661
 
Phone:312-906-5172
Fax:
Email:edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu
Website:http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/le
Description:The Visiting Assistant Professor program is a centerpiece of the Chicago-Kent legal writing program. The program is designed to provide students with a faculty that has diverse academic interests and legal practice experience and to provide promising teachers an opportunity to bridge from their practice and legal writing teaching experience to doctrinal law teaching and academic scholarship.

Each year, several legal writing classes are taught by Visiting Assistant Professors. Visiting Assistant Professors are generally appointed for two-year terms, with the possibility for a single one- or two-year renewal, or in extraordinary cases, for a long-term contract. Each Visiting Assistant Professor normally teaches a single section of approximately 30 first-year legal writing students, with Legal Writing I taught in the Fall and Legal Writing II taught in the Spring. Regular faculty meetings are held to coordinate assignments and provide newer Visiting Assistant Professors with the opportunity to enhance their legal writing teaching skills, share experience and plan upcoming assignments and classes.

In addition to teaching Legal Writing, each Visiting Assistant Professor teaches a single doctrinal course each year. Visiting Assistant Professors may teach any course in the law school curriculum other than required courses with class allocation based on the professor's experience and interests and the school's curricular needs. Teaching additional courses is permitted, but discouraged until the Visiting Assistant Professor has written at least one article, as the labor-intensive nature of course preparation makes it difficult to find time for scholarship. Visiting Assistant Professors are provided with mentoring and guidance from other faculty in preparing and teaching doctrinal courses.

The school provides Visiting Assistant Professors with considerable assistance and guidance in developing their academic scholarship, including a Research and Travel fund. Traditionally, Visiting Assistant Professors use their time at the school to write and publish one or more scholarly articles as a basis (together with their teaching experience) for eventually attaining a tenure-track law teaching position. In addition to providing faculty mentors, the school offers a series of informal "roundtables" at which faculty members, including Visiting Assistant Professors, can discuss works in progress with their colleagues.

Visiting Assistant Professors are strongly encouraged to become part of the life of the law school by attending faculty and student functions, participating in faculty roundtables and workshops, volunteering to judge moot court practice arguments and competitions, serving on faculty committees, and interacting with current and prospective students.

Over the years, the Chicago-Kent Visiting Assistant Professor program has produced exceptional doctrinal and skills professors. Some of them have continued their academic careers at such schools as University of Alabama School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Catholic University School of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Florida State University College of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, Howard University School of Law, Indiana University School of Law, John Marshall Law School, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, McGeorge School of Law, University of Memphis School of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Ohio Northern University College of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pennsylvania State University School of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, University of Virginia, Western New England College School of Law, Widener University School of Law, College of William and Mary School of Law, and William Mitchell College of Law.

If you are interested in applying for our Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) program, please submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, one writing sample and a research agenda. You may address your cover letter to the "VAP Selection Committee". Materials are being accepted beginning November 1st, 2016. One of the stipulations of our VAP program, is that we require that our faculty be out of law school a minimum of three years prior to submitting an application.

Please email your materials to Lila Wilson at Lila.Wilson@kentlaw.iit.edu.
Position Type:1-4 years
Faculty Vote:No
Salary:60-69k
Students
Per Semester:
31-35
Submission Deadline:2017-03-01