Legal Writing Professor

California Western School of Law

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications for a full-time Legal Skills Professor. The initial appointment is for two years, with possible re-appointment and long-term non-tenure-track status. Responsibilities include teaching two sections of Legal Skills I (objective analysis, writing, and research) in the fall and two sections of Legal Skills II (persuasive writing and oral advocacy) in the spring. Legal Skills Professors participate in the faculty governance of the law school.

Applicants must have strong academic credentials, a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, and proficiency in legal writing and research. Law practice experience, which may include judicial clerkships, is also expected. Experience teaching or working with students is valuable

Established in 1924, CWSL is an ABA accredited and AALS member, non-profit law school located in downtown San Diego, California. We have the distinction of being San Diego’s oldest law school and our committed to preparing students to be practice-ready lawyers. CWSL is the recipient of numerous community service awards. We are also home to numerous outstanding programs, including the California Innocence Project, Community Law Project, and the New Media Rights Program. Members of the faculty have national and international reputations for their scholarly contributions.

Around half of CWSL students come from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are committed to developing a faculty that reflects this reality, and so we are particularly interested in candidates who are committed to teaching a diverse student body. All candidates are encouraged to submit a statement addressing their commitment to diversity and how they can contribute to the educational experience of our students.

Please direct application materials (including cover letter, CV, law school transcript, writing sample, and diversity statement) to Professor Ken Klein, Chair of the Appointments Committee, at The position will commence on or about August 1, 2021.
Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Consistent with LWI requirements, 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.”

1. The position advertised:
__ a. is a tenure-track appointment.
X  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.

2. The professor hired:
X  a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
__ 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; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.)
__ over $140,000
__ $130,000 to $139,999
__ $120,000 to $129,999
__ $110,000 to $119,999
__ $100,000 to $109,999
__ $90,000 to $99,999
_X_ $80,000 to $89,999
__ $70,000 to $79,999
__ less than $60,000
__ this is a part-time appointment  paying less than $30,000
_   this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000

Salary commensurate with experience.

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
__ b. 31 - 35
_X_ c. 36 - 40
_X_ d. 41 - 45
__ e. 46 - 50
__ f. 51 - 55
__ g. 56 - 60
__ h. more than 60

The applicant will teach two sections each semester.


1-4 Years
$80,000 - $89,000
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Ken Klein
(619) 515-1535
225 Cedar Street San Diego, CA 92101