Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

University of Dayton Law School


The University of Dayton School of Law invites applications for one Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills. This is a non-tenure track position with an initial appointment of one year and the possibility of renewal for long-term (three or five-year) appointments after three years of satisfactory service.

The faculty member would join a team of experienced full-time faculty members who make up the School of Law’s nationally recognized Legal Profession Program.  The focus of the Legal Profession Program at the University of  Dayton School of Law to help students develop essential lawyering skills.  The Program is a broad two-semester six-credit-hour sequence during a student’s first year at the School of Law. These courses, called Legal Profession I and Legal Profession II, are devoted to building the legal research, analysis, and writing skills used in today's law practice. The courses also emphasize the development of cultural humility and competency, professionalism, and ethics. Classes meet in small groups led by experienced full-time faculty who are at the forefront of trends in legal writing and research. Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills will include:

  • teaching Legal Profession I and II, and other legal research and writing courses related to legal reasoning and critical reading;
  • providing service to the School of Law and the University; and
  • participating in the larger community for legal research and writing professionals through regular attendance or presentations at conferences and other relevant endeavors to support the faculty member’s professional development.

The University values our inclusive environment because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic environment. For more information about the School of Law, please visit our website at

Minimum Qualifications

  • A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Articulable commitment to the field of legal research and writing, including implementing the best models and practices available to teach legal research and writing and utilizing recent developments in pedagogy in law schools in the United States; and
  • Excellent written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may possess all the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Demonstrable recent successful experience in legal research and writing teaching, including implementing best models and practices available to teach legal research and writing and utilizing recent developments in pedagogy in law schools in the United States;
  • Prior legal practice experience in the United States;
  • Experience in participating and teaching in online education; Excellent oral communication skills, including effective presentation skills;
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills with various constituencies;
  • Demonstrable successful experience working independently and collaboratively;
  • Demonstrable commitment to socially and culturally diverse communities;
  • Demonstrable successful experience mentoring and working with students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Expressed willingness to engage with Catholic and Marianist educational values; and
  • Law school achievements and accomplishments, including high academic achievement, law review, moot court, and/or mock trial.

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A document describing your commitment to legal research and writing, including implementing the best models and practices available to teach legal research and writing and utilizing recent developments in pedagogy in law schools in the United States. 

Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2021.  To be considered as a candidate for this position, you must apply online at All required documents must be submitted electronically on the website at the time of application. 

University Summary Information

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels.  Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service. 

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at

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 1.  The position advertised:

     __   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.

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2.  The professor hired:

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

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

Professors of Lawyering Skills will vote on all matters except matters concerning appointments and promotions of tenure track faculty; changes in the status of the Lawyering Skills staff positions; conversions of the Lawyering Skills staff positions; and continuation of the Legal Profession Program.

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, teaching in summer school, or conference travel or other professional development funds.)

___ over $80,000

_X__ $70,000 - $79,999
_X_ $65,000 - $69,000

___ $60,000 - $64,999

Long Term
$60,000 - $69,000
Students per Semester:
Less than 30
Submission Deadline:
Adam Todd
Professor of Lawyering Skills
300 College Park