Adjunct Professor (Contract Drafting, three-week course)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Adjunct Professor (online or in-person short course, see below) – Writing in Law Practice: Drafting Negotiated Agreements

The University of Maryland Carey School of Law is seeking an Adjunct Professor to teach an intensive writing skills course, “Writing in Law Practice: Drafting Negotiated Agreements.” The position would be an appointment to teach a pre-semester writing skills course taught in a consolidated format. In the fall the course will be taught online at the following times: August 20-22, 27-29, Sept.3-5, 2021, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. In the spring, the course would be taught either online or in-person (based on the adjunct professor’s preference), at the following times: January 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 2022, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

The Adjunct Professor will be responsible for selecting course materials, designing the curriculum, teaching the course, and assessing students. This is an interactive skills simulation and legal writing course limited to an enrollment of 10 students.

The current course description appears below:

This class approaches legal drafting as a holistic process that includes negotiating a deal, counseling a client, knowing the relevant law, and mastering the principles of drafting so that an attorney can transform a deal into a document. More specifically, this course focuses on two parallel skills — (1) mastering the drafting principles that are common to all documents, and (2) learning how to draft various types of transactional documents, along with their subcomponents.

Procedurally, each written assignment will be preceded by an in-class role-play where each student will be, alternately, client and counsel. The role-plays constitute the client interview or negotiation that would occur in the real world of document drafting; each student-attorney will then draft a document that memorializes the information received from the student-client or the negotiation.

In terms of the first skill — mastering the drafting principles common to all documents — the course begins at the macro-level with organizational concepts and the importance of concision and precision, then focuses increasingly narrowly on the drafting skills related to syntax, grammar, key terminology, and layout.

In terms of the second skill — learning how to draft specific documents and their subcomponents — students will draft 5 major documents that cover the range of transactional drafting [including a contract, a settlement agreement, an LLC Operating Agreement, and an online consumer agreement], and 7 sub-documents that are components of or precursors to the major documents [including a dispute resolution clause, a force majeure clause, and indemnification clause, and a privacy policy].

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. plus license to practice law in Maryland.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a practitioner in a field that involves legal negotiation and the drafting of contracts and other types of transactional documents.
  • Prior law school teaching experience or experience leading professional legal writing trainings.

Compensation:  The Adjunct Faculty will receive a stipend of $5625 for each semester.

Interested applicants should submit (a) a cover letter, (b) resume, (c) the names and telephone numbers of at least three references by July 14, 2021.

In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.  

Duration:
Part-Time
Salary:
Adjunct less than $10,000
Students per Semester:
Less than 30
Submission Deadline:
Contact
Michele Ondra
Phone:
(410) 706-7214
500 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201