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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lawyering Instructor at CUNY Law

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.


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To apply, go to, 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:

Rosa Navarra

Coordinator of Faculty Recruitment


Open until filled, with review of resumes to begin February 15, 2012.

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