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Contact's full name:Stephen McJohn
Title:Professor, Chair of Legal Practice Skills Committe
Organization:Suffolk University Law School
 120 Tremont Street
 Boston MA 02018
Description:SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL in Boston invites applications for a position as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing beginning in the fall semester of the 2016-2017 academic. Assistant Professors in the Legal Practice Skills Program (LPS) are responsible for teaching the required first year LPS course that covers legal research, legal reasoning, legal writing, and oral advocacy. In addition to teaching, responsibilities include developing persuasive and objective writing assignments, conducting individual student conferences, judging students' oral arguments, and providing individual feedback on students' memoranda.
Candidates must be available to teach both day and evening-division students and are required to work with students both in the classroom and on a one-on-one basis. The position is not tenure-track, but may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. The person hired will teach legal writing each semester to a total of approximately forty-five students a semester.
We welcome applications from all persons of high academic achievement with a strong commitment to legal writing, and particularly encourage applications from people whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty. Legal writing teaching experience is preferred. Interested candidates must have a J.D. degree and be admitted to a bar. Interested applicants should address a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to: Professor Stephen McJohn, Chair, LPS Committee, at smcjohn@suffolk.edu. Alternatively, applicants may address their materials to the Chair and send them to the following address: Professor Stephen McJohn, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, Massachusetts 02108. The Committee will begin reviewing resumes in September of 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Suffolk University is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-12-01

Contact's full name:Craig T. Smith
Title:Clinical Prof. & Asst. Dean for the WLRC
Organization:Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law
 Campus Box 3380
 Chapel Hill NC 27599-3380
Description:Position Announcement:Clinical Faculty Appointment for Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy Plus Academic Excellence
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law invites applications for two full time clinical faculty appointments to teach first year legal research and writing and to serve in the Writing and Learning Resources Center. The Center houses the law school's rigorous, six-credit Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy ("RRWA") Program and its comprehensive Academic Excellence Program. Starting in the 2016-2017 academic year, the individuals selected for these positions will teach two seminar sized sections of RRWA per semester and occasionally offer academic excellence workshops or provide educational counseling or tutoring. Required duties do not include teaching additional courses; nonetheless, the Center's faculty have occasionally taught such courses.

Candidates must have a J.D., bar admission, and practice or clerkship experience. Candidates also 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 would be additional experience or degrees in education, counseling, or academic excellence work. The individuals hired will 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/80875. Input the preceding direct-link URL from any browser to apply. Applications should include a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and contact information for four references. Confidential inquiries are welcome; they can be made to 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 the UNC CH School of Law, please visit our website: www.law.unc.edu.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We also encourage protected veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2016-01-15

Contact's full name:Tammy R. Pettinato
Title:Assistant Professor of Law
Organization:University of North Dakota School of Law
 215 Centennial Drive
 Stop 9003
 Grand Forks ND 58203
Description:The University of North Dakota School of Law invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Law position to begin in the 2016-2017 academic year. The new hire will teach one 3-credit section of Lawyering Skills I in the fall semester and one 2-credit section of Lawyering Skills II in the spring semester. Additionally, the new hire will teach one other course each semester to be determined based on the new hire’s interests and expertise as well as curricular needs.
Lawyering Skills I & II are UND's required first-year legal research and writing courses. Professors in these courses teach legal analysis, writing (both persuasive and objective), research, and citation. The Lawyering Skills professors at UND enjoy full faculty status and complete equity with other members of the faculty. This includes benefits such as voting rights, professional development funds, summer research grants, and the ability to hire teaching and research assistants. Professors in the program have the same level of academic freedom in designing their courses as professors in all other academic areas. They also regularly benefit from an organic spirit of collaboration and community.
Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, a strong academic record, and excellent writing and analytical skills. Prior experience teaching legal writing and/or legal research is strongly preferred. Prior law practice and/or judicial clerkship experience is also strongly preferred. Other relevant experience may be considered. Applicants should have prior publications or be able to show strong evidence that they will be able to meet the scholarship requirements of a tenure-track faculty member.
The University of North Dakota School of Law is an Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage applications from those whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Professor James Grijalva, Chair of the Faculty Selection Committee, at james.grijalva@email.und.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Position Type:tenure
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-11-01

Contact's full name:Ezra Ross
Title:Professor of Lawyering Skills
Organization:UCI School of Law
 401 E. Peltason Drive
 Suite 1000
 Irvine CA 92697
Phone:(949) 824-9743
Description:The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites applications for a full-time position as a faculty member teaching lawyering skills, with the possibility of an additional appointment as Associate Dean for Lawyering Skills.
Teaching responsibility would be primarily in the first-year Lawyering Skills class -- a six-unit course that teaches skills such as analysis, writing, oral communication, negotiation, interviewing, and fact investigation.
Depending on qualifications, the applicant may also be considered for the position of Associate Dean of Lawyering Skills. The Associate Dean of Lawyering Skills will direct the Lawyering Skills program at UC Irvine Law. This includes: (1) oversight of the first-year required six-credit Lawyering Skills course; (2) oversight of the law school’s upper-level skills curriculum; (3) coordination with the Associate Dean for Clinical Education in the planning and sequencing of skills instruction in the upper-level curriculum; and (4) coordination of other (non-clinical) law school litigation, transactional, and counseling skills programs and initiatives, including the trial advocacy program and moot court program.
Applicants must hold a J.D. degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Consideration in hiring will focus on teaching experience, practice experience, and academic and scholarly achievements. Also, Security of Employment requires that the candidate makes outstanding and recognized contributions to the development of his or her specific discipline and/or pedagogy.
Applicants should submit a cover letter describing teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and all relevant professional and academic experience using UC Irvine's on-line application system, AP RECRUIT, located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03049.
Review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by October 31, 2015.
UC Irvine School of Law is the first public law school in California in nearly 50 years. Fulfilling a longstanding vision of the campus, the school opened its doors to its first class of 60 law students in fall 2009. Today, the Law School has 44 full-time faculty and 330 students. The School of Law is an innovative and visionary law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers and driven by academic excellence, intellectual rigor and a commitment to enrich our communities through public service. From the outset, our goal has been to create one of the top law schools in the country and to prepare our students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. UC Irvine School of Law combines the best of a large and renowned academic institution with a collegial, supportive and friendly environment.
The Law School continues to rank highly. In 2015, its first year of eligibility, UCI Law was ranked No. 30 by U.S. News & World Report. This was the highest debut ranking by any new law school in U.S. News history. Additionally, our clinical program ranked No. 11, our intellectual property law program ranked No. 23 (tied with UCLA Law), and we were the only top-tier school to be listed in the top 10 index for student diversity. UCI Law also had the seventh best student-faculty ratio of any law school in the country. Our faculty has been ranked No. 6 in scholarly impact in a recent study; in the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, the majority of our student population rated their entire educational experience as "Excellent," far exceeding our peer schools and the national average; and UCI Law ranked No. 3, behind Yale and Stanford law schools, and above Harvard, in a ranking of student placement in prestigious federal judicial clerkships. UC Irvine School of Law's innovative curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning, interdisciplinary teaching and research, and public service. The University of California, Irvine School of Law is a uniquely positioned law school that is relevant to law practice and legal scholarship in the 21st century and that pushes the frontiers of the profession.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the University of California nondiscrimination policy.
Position Type:tenure
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-10-31

Contact's full name:Jamie Hickey
Title:HR Generalist
Organization:LRP Publications
 360 Hiatt Drive
 Palm Beach Gardens FL 33418
Description:LRP Publications, Inc. has been an industry leading provider of a wide variety of multimedia solutions for business and education professionals for over three decades, offering world-class content and exceptional customer service. LRP's customers receive the guidance, knowledge, and tools they need in the format they want.
LRP is currently seeking a Legal Editor to write disability case law summaries designed to convey the impact of the decision to our legal and non-legal subscribers in a concise, practical manner. The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated time-management skills and a proven ability to read and efficiently summarize case law.
The Legal Editor will select and summarize no fewer than three rulings per day to be included in our newsletters and websites, as well as:
-Write legal articles on disability topics according to LRP's style guidelines and edit work for spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors according to AP style format.
-Maintain and update several legal research binder products. Routinely review laws, regulations and policies to make sure our products are up to date.
-Conduct extensive interviews with a variety of sources to elicit advice-driven information.
-Perform regular news searches for newly filed lawsuits and settlements, and legislative and regulatory developments.
-Respond to external customer inquiries quickly and efficiently.-Interface with company department personnel, including Customer Service and other Editorial staff.
Position Requirements:
-JD degree required
-At least one year of experience writing case summaries and editing according to AP and Bluebook format
-Proficiency in Excel, Microsoft Word and Outlook
-Must reside within 40 miles of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Desired Qualifications:
-Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently
-Ability to maintain high standards despite pressing daily deadlines-Ability to accept and internalize feedback and corrections-Willingness to work as a team member and take on new assignments to help the team
-Ability to learn and efficiently use several proprietary computerized databases and websites
-Ability to write in-depth but concise articles targeted to a niche audience

LRP is committed to providing a challenging and cooperative work environment where each employee is treated as a valued resource. In addition to a stable and supportive work environment, we provide:
-Comprehensive insurance coverage
-401(k) retirement savings account with employer match
-Paid holidays and vacation
-Business casual attire
As an EO/AA employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran, or disability status.
Position Type:tenure
Faculty Vote:No
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-12-31

Contact's full name:Melissa Essary
Title:Professor of Law
Organization:Campbell Law School
 225 Hillsborough Street
 Raleigh NC 27603
Description:CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position as Director of Legal Research and Writing to commence in the Fall Semester 2016. The successful applicant for this position will be expected to direct, manage, and teach in the required legal research and writing program for 1L students.
The Director of Legal Research and Writing will, among other possible duties:
Design and implement the 1L legal writing curriculum;
Develop legal writing course materials, including assignments, problems, and instructional materials as needed;
Teach at least one section of students in thE 1L legal writing program;
Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate adjunct legal writing faculty; and
Coordinate, collaborate, and cooperate with the faculty, generally, and the Directory of Advocacy, specifically, to support the goals of Campbell's program of legal education.
Candidates should have excellent academic credentials, experience in teaching in a law school legal writing program, either as a full-time faculty member or as an adjunct, a proven record of outstanding classroom teaching, and a proven record of (or demonstrated potential for) outstanding scholarship.
The law school is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, a location that provides its approximately 450 students with a wealth of opportunities that enrich their educational experience.
Raleigh and the Research Triangle are repeatedly cited in national surveys as one of the best areas for starting a new career or business, for excellence in education (from public schools to post-graduate studies), and for enjoyable quality of life.
Consistent with Campbell University's overall mission (available at http://www.campbell.edu/mission/), the law school is a highly demanding, purposely small, intensely personal community of faculty and students whose aim, guided by transcendent values, is to develop lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, who view the practice of law as a calling to serve others, and to create a more just society.
To that end, the law school has adopted the following distinctives: (1) we offer an academic program that is highly demanding;
(2) we bring together the theoretical and practical to produce thoughtful and talented lawyers;
(3) we utilize the talents of a faculty that is profoundly committed to students and teaching;
(4) we view the practice of law as a calling to serve others; and
(5) we offer a Christian perspective on law and justice. More information about the law school can be found on our website: http://www.law.campbell.edu/.
To be considered, an application must include each of the following:
(1) a cover letter of interest addressing the candidate's qualifications for fulfilling the position, how the candidate can contribute to the University's mission, and how the candidate can further each of the law school's five distinctives;
(2) an unofficial law school transcript;
(3) a current curriculum vitae;
(4) a representative example of scholarship and/or a research agenda; and
(5) if available, course evaluations for any prior teaching engagements.
All applications must be submitted through this link: http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CAMPUNIV&cws=1&rid=579
Position Type:tenure
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-10-23

Contact's full name:Ted Becker
Title:Interim Director, Legal Practice Program
Organization:University of Michigan Law School
 625 S. State Street
 Ann Arbor MI 48109
Phone:(734) 763-6025
Description:The University of Michigan Law School seeks applicants for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Law to teach in our Legal Practice Program beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Legal Practice Program is a first-year, five-credit, two-semester program that integrates legal analysis, research, writing, advocacy, skills training, and other aspects of the practice of law. Legal Practice faculty teach two sections, with each section meeting twice a week. Faculty members generally have a similar number and scope of assignments, but have flexibility in designing the details of the course. We are a collegial and collaborative faculty and meet regularly during each term to exchange ideas.
The position is a twelve-month, non-tenure-track contract appointment. The initial contract length is two years, potentially longer depending on teaching experience. Professors are then eligible for additional contract renewals, which may culminate in successive three-year and then seven-year renewable contracts. Legal Practice faculty with three- and seven-year renewable contracts have voting rights. Salary to be based on experience and other factors.
Candidates must have superior academic records, at least three years of professional experience, and expertise in legal research and writing. Prior teaching experience is preferred. Applicants should include a letter of interest, CV, a list of three references, examples of teaching materials (if available) or a writing sample (if teaching materials are unavailable), and, for recent graduates, a law school transcript.
Application materials should be submitted to:
Kathi Ganz
Legal Practice Program
University of Michigan Law School
625 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Or by email: kganz@umich.edu
The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Position Type:long-term
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-10-30

Contact's full name:Mark Spiegel
Title:Professor of Law
Organization:Boston College Law School
 885 Centre Street
 Newton MA 02459
Description:Boston College Law School invites applications for full-time Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing faculty to teach Law Practice I and Law Practice II, a new two-semester course sequence that replaces our current first-year LRR&W course. Law Practice I, a graded three-credit course, uses simulated problems to teach professional skills in legal problem solving, including legal analysis, legal research, fact analysis, and oral and written communication. Law Practice II, a graded two-credit course, focuses on development of legal writing skills.

Candidates must have a degree from an accredited law school, excellent writing and analytical skills, a strong academic record, and experience in law practice or a judicial clerkship. Teaching experience is preferred. The position, which will begin August 1, 2016, may lead to a form of security reasonably similar to tenure. A tenure track appointment may be possible, depending on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected under federal, state or local law. We strongly encourage women, minorities and others who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity at http://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity. Boston College Law School, part of a Jesuit, Catholic university, is located in Newton, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

To apply, please send a statement of interest and resume with three references by email to Professor Mark Spiegel at lrrwsearch@bc.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Position Type:Long-term contract (tenure track appointment may be possible)
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2016-01-31

Contact's full name:Meredith Stange
Title:Director of Legal Writing Program
Organization:Northern Illinois University College of Law
 Swen Parson Hall
 DeKalb IL 60115
Description:The Northern Illinois University College of Law anticipates having an opening for one Legal Writing/Academic Success Program Instructor beginning in spring semester 2016:

The Legal Writing and Advocacy Course is a core course in the first and second-year curriculum at Northern Illinois University College of Law. The four-credit, two-semester course is structured to help first and second-year law students acquire and refine the basic legal writing and analysis skills fundamental to the successful completion of law school and to the competent practice of law. As a secondary goal, students in Legal Writing and Advocacy are also introduced to other skills and topics important to the practice of law, including oral communication of legal issues, interviewing and counseling, professional responsibility, and motion practice.

In addition to, and in conjunction with the Legal Writing Program, Northern Illinois University College of Law assists law students in achieving their greatest potential through the Academic Success Program (ASP). There are numerous components to ASP throughout the course of the students's academic career at NIU Law. As part of ASP, all 1L students participate in the Introduction to Legal Skills course during the second seven weeks of the fall semester. This course is taught by the Legal Writing/ASP faculty and introduces students to exam-preparation, study skills, synthesis, and analytical writing. Further, as part of ASP, select incoming 1L students are required to participate in a Jump Start Orientation program the week prior to the 1L Orientation. These students are instructed in basic analytical and rule development skills during a week of writing-intensive course work taught and implemented by the ASP Instructors. Further, select admitted students are invited to participate in the 1L ASP based on objective criteria including undergraduate GPA and law school admission test scores. Participation is a mandatory condition of admission for students who meet certain criteria determined by the faculty. Students participating in the program attend weekly mentor and study sessions conducted by upper-level student Graduate Assistants for their four doctrinal courses. 2L students with a GPA of 2.4 and below are required to participate in Upper-Level ASP, semester-long, one-hour, weekly, ungraded course taught by the ASP Instructors. The writing-intensive Upper-Level ASP focuses on exam-writing, outlining, and study skills. The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors, together with the Co-Directors of Legal Writing and Academic Success, are responsible for the delivery of the legal writing and academic success programs at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors report to the Co-Directors of Legal Writing and Academic Success. This is a ten-month position within the University.

The responsibilities of a Legal Writing/ASP Instructor include:
- Teach the required Introduction to Legal Skills Course to first year law students
- Teach the required Legal Writing and Advocacy Course to first and second-year law students•Plan and develop legal writing and legal skills problems for these courses
- Provide individual instruction to first-year students•Grade and comment on legal writing and legal skills assignments
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of programs tailored to help ASP students reach their full potential
- Provide academic counseling to ASP students •Assist in the hiring, training, and oversight of upper-class students who serve as Graduate Assistants for ASP students
- Assist in the planning and delivery of meetings geared toward developing general study and exam skills for the entire first-year class during the fall semester
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of the week-long academic orientation program for select incoming 1L students participating in the NIU Law Jump Start Program
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of the orientation program for the entire first-year class
- Cooperate and assist with other programs involving oral and written communication skills, including the second-year moot court competition and third-year external moot court teams
- Provide individual instruction to students selected to participate in upper-level ASP during fall semester
- Provide individual instruction to first-year students selected to participate in the exam-writing seminar during spring semester
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of Bar programs for upper-level students and alumni
- Assist in the continuing in-depth evaluation of both the legal writing and academic success programs and identify and implement program improvements
- Other responsibilities that may become necessary as determined by the Deans and program directors

NIU Law seeks applicants for one anticipated Legal Writing/ASP Instructor position.

Required qualifications include a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, a valid license to practice law, strong writing skills, strong academic credentials, and a minimum of two years of teaching and/or practice experience.

Preferred qualifications include the ability to work well within a coordinated program structure, background or training in counseling or educational theory, the ability to work with a diverse student population and strong organizational skills.

Applicants please send a letter of application addressed to Interim Dean Mark W. Cordes stating qualifications, transcripts, current curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for two professional references to:

Tita Kaus
Administrator, Office of the Dean

Applications will be received until the end of business day, Thursday, November 5, 2015.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.
Position Type:1-4 years
Faculty Vote:Yes
Per Semester:
Submission Deadline:2015-11-05