Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Law School seeks applicants with a demonstrated commitment to our social justice mission for a
full-time teaching position. The Law School Instructor hired in this cycle will primarily teach First-Year
Lawyering Seminar, the foundational course in CUNY School of Law's nationally recognized lawyering
curriculum, with particular focus on the training development of public interest/public service lawyers.
Spanning all three years of law school, the Law School's lawyering curriculum was hailed by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in its 2007 Report, Educating Lawyers:
Preparation for the Profession of Law. CUNY Law innovatively and successfully integrates students
learning of practical skills and the ethical demands of professional identity with their learning of legal
theory and doctrine. The Law School's First-Year Lawyering Seminar teaches legal analysis, legal
writing, professional responsibility, and other lawyering skills by integrating clinical methodology with
substantive, theoretical, and doctrinal material. Using simulation exercises and hypothetical cases,
students role-play lawyers, clients, judges, and/or legislators confronted by legal issues arising from
material in their other first-year courses. The Lawyering Seminar focuses on the ways in which lawyers
work and think in various areas of practice, with a focus on public interest law. Students develop their
analytic skills by writing and revising legal documents on which they receive feedback and critiques.
They also acquire new qualitative skills, such as active listening, collaborative problem solving and
decision-making, self-evaluation, and ethical reasoning. Students are encouraged to develop critical
awareness of the social, legal, philosophical, political, and psychological content of their work. The Law
School views these perspectives as central to a future lawyer's understanding of his/her status and role,
including the mandates and aspirations of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. Second-Year
Lawyering Seminar and required clinical courses in the third-year build on the skills learned in the first
year. The Instructor may, in accordance with the law school's needs, teach additional lawyering
seminars, a doctrinal course, and/or provide academic skill instruction or other program support. This
position is full-time and the instructor will be expected to teach and/or assist with the design and
development of curriculum materials during the summer. The Law School Instructor will be responsible
for committee work and such administrative, supervisory, and other functions as assigned. In their first
two years of service, Law School Instructors may opt into participating in faculty meetings, pursuant to
the CUNY School of Law Governance Plan. Instructors may assume other faculty governance
responsibilities and serve on committees as appointed by the Dean or Committee on Committees. Upon
reappointment for three or more years of continuous service, Law School Instructors may participate in
governance activities without an annual opt-in process. Law School Instructors will perform other related
duties as necessary or as directed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
This position may include weekend and evening hours
A J.D., L.L.B., or Ph.D. in a law-related discipline. Also required are demonstrated legal ability, the ability
to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship, legal work, or law-related work, and ability to
cooperate with others for the good of the institution.
Demonstrated outstanding qualities of personality, character, legal ability and commitment to public
service or public interest law. Minimum of five years experience, excellent writing skill, and substantial
experience teaching in the areas of legal writing, lawyering, and legal analysis/legal methods. Additional
doctrinal teaching experience, particularly in the area of commercial law.
$39,832 - $86,595; commensurate with experience.
CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title
and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time
employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health
benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.
HOW TO APPLY
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To apply, go to www.cuny.edu, select "Employment", and "Search Job Listing". You will be prompted to
create an account. Return to this job listing using the "Job Search" page and select "Apply Now".
For position inquiries contact:
Coordinator of Faculty Recruitment
Open until filled, with review of resumes to begin February 15, 2012.