Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

The University of Alabama School of Law

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

The University of Alabama School of Law is seeking applicants for a full-time Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. The non-tenure earning position will be on a contract basis with an initial three-year term, with possible additional three-year terms. The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to contribute to the further growth, development, and improvement of the legal writing program. The Legal Writing faculty have a director. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate on strategies for teaching and share core assignments, but faculty members select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons.

Applicants must have a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school and a strong academic record. Applicants must demonstrate effective legal writing skills and should be admitted to and in good standing with a state bar. Preference will be given to applicants with four or more years of legal experience and to applicants with teaching experience. Applicants will teach in the first-year program and will also be expected to develop an upper-level writing or drafting course.

All applicants must apply for this position through the University of Alabama’s job board at Applications must include a resume, cover letter, list of three references, and a writing sample. Applications will be received until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 22, 2020.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

Legal Research & Writing Faculty Teaching Position

Job Posting Disclosure Form

for the LRWPROF-L Listserv

The completed form must appear within the body of an E-mail posting about a posting, and the completed form must be included within the text of any file attachment.

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:

     __   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.

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

     X    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.

2.  The professor hired:

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

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

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.)

___ over $120,000

___ $110,000 - $119,999

___ $100,000 - $109,999

___ $90,000 - $99,999

X      $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:

Position also includes $5800 professional development fund for each year of the contract. Additional compensation may be available for teaching overload courses.


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

     __   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 successful applicant will also be responsible for developing and teaching an upper-level writing class (enrollment limited to 12) and teaching it during two semesters of the three-year contract term.

Note:  The Legal Writing Institute recommends that this disclosure form accompany all E-mail postings of teaching opportunities for legal research & writing professors sent to subscribers of the LRWPROF-L  listserv.  This form is not required for notices of academic support positions, for notices for writing specialists, or for other academic teaching opportunities, unless those positions require the teacher to teach courses required of a legal research & writing professor at the law school (however, we strongly encourage the optional use of the form for such appointments)

1-4 Years
$80,000 - $89,000
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Tom Ksobiech
Associate Dean for Administration and Communication
101 Paul W. Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401