Director of Legal Writing

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Mitchell Hamline School of Law invites applications for Director of Legal Writing. The successful candidate will join a vibrant faculty in a growing school and will be responsible for the required first-year legal research and writing course, currently titled Lawyering: Advice and Persuasion. This is a full-time, year-round, faculty position and the successful candidate will be offered a presumptively renewable contractual position consistent with ABA standard 405(c). Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

We seek a director with the desire to build on the school’s existing program to create an outstanding first-year legal writing curriculum in each of the school’s enrollment options. The school’s enrollment options include full-time day, part-time evening, and three blended learning programs: the Hybrid program, the Executive JD, and the weekend program. (Blended learning programs include between 30% and 50% of instruction through distance learning.)

The school’s legal writing program is currently an adjunct-model, so the director will have responsibility for oversight and training of adjunct faculty. The faculty has voted in concept to move from an adjunct-model toward a full-time faculty model, and the director’s vision for the program will play a large role in determining the programmatic and staffing changes. In addition, duties will include providing leadership to the program and teaching classes. The director will develop collaborative relationships with first-year doctrinal faculty and the school’s Academic Excellence department, as well as other constituencies.

Applicants for the position must have a JD degree, a strong academic record, excellent writing skills, and at least eight years professional work experience post-JD. At least two years supervisory or directing experience is preferred. Qualified individuals must also have an interest or expertise in online education and instruction.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community, as well as candidates who wish to work in a collaborative atmosphere with faculty and staff who have a commitment to excellence in teaching, service, pro bono engagement with the community, and scholarship.

To apply, please submit the following via email to 1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position and reasons for wanting to direct the school’s legal research and writing curriculum; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript with class rank; 4) a sample of your legal writing (five to fifteen pages); and 5) names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. In addition, recent teaching evaluations are welcome.

For further information, please email or call 651-290-6447.

The committee will begin reviewing applications January 15, 2019 until the position is filled.

Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.


LWI/ALWD Disclosure Statement

  1.   The position advertised:

     __   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.


Additional information about job security or terms of employment, any applicable term limits, and whether the position complies with ABA Standard 405(c): This position leads to 5-year, presumptively renewable contracts and complies with ABA Standard 405(c).


  1.   The professor hired:

     *_   a.   will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

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


  1.   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

__   $80,000 - $89,999

_*_ $74,000 - $80,999 (or more, depending on experience)

___ $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


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

     __   a.   30 or fewer
     __   b.   31 - 35
     _*_   c.   36 – 40
     __   d.   41 - 45
     _    e.   46 - 50 
     __   f.    51 - 55 
     __   g.   56 - 60 

     __   h.   more than 60


Long Term
$70,000 - $79,000
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Morgan Holcomb
Hiring Committee Chair
875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul