Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University invites applicants for a full-time position commencing in August 2021 to teach first-year and upper-level courses in the College of Law’s highly ranked Legal Method and Writing program.  The position offers a professional environment with job security that exceeds the requirements of ABA Standard 405(c). Ranked 24th in the nation by U.S. News, the College of Law opened a new state-of-the-art building on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus in August 2016. 

 This is a full-time, benefits-eligible appointment. This appointment is as a probationary academic professional, on track to continuing status, under the university title of Associate Instructional Professional. Information about Academic Professionals at ASU, including status, rank, titles, and appointment categories, can be found at

 Candidates must possess a J.D. degree, at least one year of experience teaching Legal Method and Writing courses to J.D. students at a fully accredited law school, and 2-3 years of legal practice experience. Preferred candidates will have a record of demonstrated excellence as a teacher, professional contributions in the field of legal writing, and service activities. 

 The application deadline is November 30, 2020, and if not filled, on a rolling basis thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please submit a C.V., a statement of interest, and the contact information for three references. The College of Law anticipates that successful applicants will be interviewed via telephone or video conference calls. Please direct inquiries and applications to Ms. Lauren Balconi, Appointments Committee Coordinator, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, MC9520 Arizona State University 111 E. Taylor St. Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467 or electronically to:        

Additional information about the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Arizona State University is available at:

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


Job Posting Disclosure Form 


1.  The position advertised: 

   X      a.   is a tenure-track appointment. 

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

____    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. 


Our legal writing faculty members begin on a clinical tenure track (continuing status) and once achieved, faculty members enjoy full security of position.  Faculty members are also eligible for promotion from Associate Clinical Professor of Law to Clinical Professor of Law.   


 2.  The professor hired: 

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

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

  Legal writing faculty participate fully in law school governance and intellectual life and vote on all law school matters except for the hiring and promotion of tenure-track faculty.  They also serve on law school and university committees, including the appointments committee, with full voting rights. 

 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  

  X  $100,000 - $109,999 

  X  $90,000 - $99,999 

  X  $80,000 - $89,999 

  X  $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 

 Starting salary will depend on qualifications and experience.  Professors are eligible for sabbaticals, travel funding, and research assistants.  Professors are eligible for summer research grants and may elect to teach courses in the summer term for additional compensation.  If a professor chooses, she may both teach a summer course and apply for a research grant in the same summer. 


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 

      X   c.   36 - 40 

     __   d.   41 - 45 

     __   e.   46 - 50  

     __   f.    51 - 55  

     __   g.   56 - 60  

     __   h.   more than 60 


 Professors teach two classes each semester for a total of four classes per academic year.  Ordinarily, three of those classes are 1L writing classes and one is an upper-level course of the professor’s choosing.  First-year writing courses generally have 16-20 students.  Upper-level course capacity is at the discretion of the professor teaching the course; writing courses are typically capped at 16 students.  

$70,000 - $79,000
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Lauren Balconi
Appointments Committee Coordinator
MC 9520
111 E Taylor St
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467