Assistant Professor of Legal Rhetoric

American University Washington College of Law

American University’s Washington College of Law seeks applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Legal Rhetoric Position for Academic Year 2020-2021. This position will report to the Director of Legal Rhetoric and Writing. Requirements are below. This position may require occasional evening hours, as there is a robust evening division at the Washington College of Law.

(1) Required qualifications and experience include the following:

J.D. degree or equivalent; demonstrated excellence in legal research and writing skills; strong teamwork, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; administrative skills and/or experience.

(2) Additional qualifications and experience include the following:

Experience in teaching legal research and writing and/or lawyering skills; legal practice and/or judicial clerkship experience and/or law-related work experience; teaching or training experience and/or qualifications; familiarity with recent scholarship in the legal research and writing/lawyering skills fields; background and/or qualifications in any of the areas of Rhetoric, Composition, English Studies, Education, Curriculum Design, ESL, Writing Across the Curriculum; familiarity with current legal research trends; familiarity with computer- or web-based instructional technology; demonstrated potential for scholarship; experience in working in a multidisciplinary team environment.
(3) Core responsibilities and duties include the following: Teach legal research and writing in the two-credit, two-semester first year Legal Rhetoric: Writing and Research Program to approximately 45 students per semester and carry out associated administrative tasks; conduct student conferences; design instructional and assessment material; assess and provide detailed, constructive feedback on student research and writing; work with the Director of Legal Rhetoric and Writing, library faculty, other instructors, adjunct faculty, and student teaching and research assistants (Dean’s Fellows) and others in developing and delivering a high quality, coordinated first-year Legal Rhetoric: Writing and Research program; undertake select administrative tasks delegated by the Director of Legal Rhetoric and Writing; under the direction of the Director of Legal Rhetoric and Writing, develop training materials and deliver training to Legal Rhetoric: Writing and Research program personnel.

American University and the Washington College of Law are committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and encourage the applications of women and minorities. American University is an EEO/AA employer.

The initial appointment will be for the academic year 2020-2021. Reappointment is possible based on an assessment of teaching, including engagement with students in and outside the classroom, and Assistant Professor’s participation in the administration of the Legal Rhetoric Program, for example, through curriculum administration and development, institutional service, and professional service.

A cover letter, writing sample, and resume should be submitted on Interfolio: If you have general questions regarding the application process, please contact Lynn Seumo, Faculty Coordinator, at Please contact Professor David Spratt, Acting Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program, for any other questions. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Long Term
$80,000 - $89,000
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
David H. Spratt
Acting Director, Legal Rhetoric Program
(202) 274-4059
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y364
Washington, DC 20016