Professor of Legal Writing

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for two full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Legal Writing. These positions are part of a system of contracts progressing to presumptively renewable long-term contracts, separate from the University’s tenure stream. The positions will begin on July 1, 2020. (Note that the salary range entered here is for the Assistant Professor rank. The overall salary range is $70,000 - $120,000, depending on level of experience and other qualifications.)

Pitt Law’s legal writing program seeks to develop students’ legal analytical skills and to equip students to write and speak clearly and persuasively, in a manner appropriate for diverse audiences and purposes. The first-year Legal Analysis & Writing course spans two semesters, typically including “objective” writing assignments in the fall and persuasive writing assignments and oral argument in the spring. The course typically also encompasses related skill sets, including client interviewing and negotiation, among others. While the course covers the basics of legal research and includes open-resource assignments, students are separately required to take a one-credit course on the fundamentals of legal research, taught by library faculty, in the fall semester of their second year.

Legal Writing faculty members typically teach two small sections of first-year Legal Analysis and Writing in both the fall and spring (at current projected enrollments, with 15-20 students per section), for a total of four credits for each section.  Legal Writing faculty members may also teach upper-level writing courses and may have some administrative duties relating to the Legal Writing program.  All members of the Legal Writing faculty have the opportunity to shape the future direction of the Legal Writing program as part of their participation in faculty governance of the School of Law. Therefore, candidates should be prepared to share their thinking about how that program might be adapted or reformed in light of changes in legal education, the legal profession, and society.

The successful applicant must have, at a minimum, a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, excellent writing skills, and an outstanding academic record. Experience teaching legal writing and law practice experience are also preferred. Candidates should be able to work effectively with a diverse group of students and have an interest in developing legal writing experiences for law students within a community that supports interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative teaching opportunities. 

To apply, please provide a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references addressed to Professor Mary Crossley, Chair, Appointments Committee, at Write “Legal Writing Faculty Application” in the subject line of the email. The deadline for applications is September 3, 2019.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO/M/F/Vets/ Disabled). In furtherance of our strong institutional commitment to a diverse faculty, we particularly welcome applications from minorities, women, and others who would add diversity to our faculty.  Recruitment is subject to approval by the University’s Provost. 

Long Term
$70,000 - $79,000
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Ben Bratman
Professor of Legal Writing
412 383 7671
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260