Director of Program in Professional Identity Formation

University of Richmond School of Law

Faculty Director for New Program in Professional Identity Formation

The University of Richmond School of Law seeks to hire a faculty member to direct a new signature program in professional identity formation.  The faculty member will oversee the design and implementation of the program, as well as teach courses and lead co-curricular opportunities related to professional identity formation. 

Richmond Law is committed to building a robust program that prepares students to develop the habits of mind and character that are associated with professional excellence in the legal system.  We envision that the program will include a required course for students early in their law school career, in addition to electives and co-curricular offerings in the second and third years.  The faculty member will teach in the program and work with other full-time and adjunct faculty members to ensure that all Richmond Law students graduate with a strong sense of their own professional identity.  This program will grow in tandem with a new companion program at Richmond Law dedicated to legal innovation and entrepreneurship.  

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable and passionate about helping law students forge a professional identity that reflects their values.  They will have the experience and creative vision necessary to help students engage a process of self-directed learning and develop critical interpersonal lawyering skills, including collaboration, cross-cultural communication, active listening, empathy, and leadership.  They will also be able to help students plantheir own ongoing professional development and well-being.   Candidates must have a J.D. from a U.S. accredited law school.  

The director will be a full-time member of the Richmond Law faculty on an initial one-year renewable contract that can ultimately lead to a long-term, presumptively renewable contract.  The position will ideally begin at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.  Interested applicants should send a resume, as well as a cover letter that addresses their vision regarding how professional identity formation should be incorporated into legal education, to Professor Jessica Erickson at  The committee’s review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received before Friday, November 22.  

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment.

Long Term
Students per Semester:
More than 60
Submission Deadline:
Christopher Corts
Professor of Law, Legal Practice
University of Richmond School of Law
203 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173