Professor of Law

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

Research and Writing Professor Position Announcement

Position Summary:  The Temple University Beasley School of Law solicits applications for a tenure-eligible professor of legal research and writing (LRW), as well as for a contract professor of LRW.  Temple’s LRW Program is highly-regarded and nationally ranked, and offers professors the same benefits and privileges as other law school faculty including: participation in faculty governance, funding for professional development and conferences, and summer grants and other support for the production of scholarship.  LRW faculty teach a two-semester first-year course integrating legal research, legal writing, and oral advocacy skills. Each faculty member is responsible for one section of the LRW course with approximately 30-35 students, as well as teaching an upper level seminar.  The LRW Program has no director, and faculty have a great deal of curricular freedom, centered around a set of shared goals for the program. 

Qualifications:  The minimum qualifications for the tenure-eligible position are: 1) demonstrated excellence in teaching legal research and writing; 2) a record of significant scholarly achievement, established through the authorship of professional works published in law journals or comparable publications; 3) a strong reputation in the national LRW community; 4) a record of excellent service to the applicant’s current and/or prior institutions; and 5) significant relevant practice experience.  

The minimum qualifications for the contract position are a J.D., an excellent academic record, law practice experience, and a strong commitment to excellent teaching and to producing high-quality legal scholarship.  Preferred qualifications include demonstrated excellence in LRW teaching and published scholarship.

To Apply:  Please send the following to Professor Margaret deGuzman at 1) a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and specifying whether you are applying for the tenure-eligible or contract position; 2) a writing sample, preferably of published work; and 3) a resume or c.v.  

Temple University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and we strongly encourage veterans, women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in law teaching to apply.


Interested persons are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Interviews will start in September 2019.


Legal Research & Writing Faculty Teaching Position

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Check here _x_ if the law school posting this job announcement complies with LWI’s non-discrimination policy. 

That policy provides: “The Legal Writing Institute is committed to a policy against discrimination and in favor of equal opportunity for all of its members regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.”

At least one option must be checked for each of the remaining four items below; but all options for any item may not be checked to avoid giving a specific answer, or in an effort to avoid specifying a legitimate range.  Space is provided for additional textual explanations after each item. 


1.  The position advertised:

     _x_   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.

     _x_   b.   may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

     __   c.   may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.

     __   d.  has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.

     __   e.  is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

     __   f.   is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.


Additional information about job security or terms of employment, any applicable

            term limits, and whether the position complies with ABA Standard 405(c):

Depending on qualifications, the person hired may be hired with tenure or on a contract. Initial contracts for new teachers are for one year with no cap on renewal and, in accordance with the promotion guidelines for contract faculty, may lead to presumptively renewable five year contracts


2.  The professor hired:

     _x_   a.   will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

     __   b.   will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.


Additional information about the extent of the professor’s voting rights:




3.  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below.  (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.)

_x__ over $120,000

_x__ $110,000 - $119,999

_x__ $100,000 - $109,999

___ $90,000 - $99,999

___ $80,000 - $89,999

___ $70,000 - $79,999

___ $60,000 - $69,999

___ $50,000 - $59,999

___ less than $50,000

___ this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000

___this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000


Additional information about base salary or other compensation: Salary will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience.


4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:

     _x_   a.   30 or fewer

     _x_   b.   31 - 35

     __   c.   36 - 40

     __   d.   41 - 45

     __   e.   46 - 50

     __   f.    51 - 55

     __   g.   56 - 60

     __   h.   more than 60


Additional information about teaching load, including required or permitted

            teaching outside of the legal research and writing program                    

            The two semester LRW course has a student load of approximately 30-35 students; the evening division usually has fewer. The professor will also teach an upper level seminar. Like all faculty, LRW faculty also supervise guided research projects, law review comments, and practicums




Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Susan L. DeJarnatt
Professor of Law
1719 N. Broad St.