Visiting Legal Writing Professor

California Western School of Law

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications for a visiting full-time Legal Skills Professor. The appointment will be for one year.  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.  CWSL encourages applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our faculty.   

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 required and teaching experience is preferred.

A substantial percentage of CWSL students come from diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  We are particularly interested in candidates who are committed to teaching a diverse student body.  While not required, 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.

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 are known for our commitment to preparing students to be practice-ready lawyers.  CWSL is the recipient of numerous community service awards, including the State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award, and the federal President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  We are also home to numerous outstanding programs, including the California Innocence Project, the Community Law Project, and the New Media Rights Program.  Members of the faculty have national and international reputations for their scholarly contributions.  The faculty is also dedicated to teaching and community service.

Please email application materials (including cover letter, CV, law-school transcript, writing sample, and diversity statement) to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Donald Smythe, at  We will begin considering applications immediately.  The position will commence August 1, 2019.


1-4 Years
$60,000 - $69,000
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Donald Smythe
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
California Western School of Law
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101