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Friday, January 12, 2018

Asst. Clinical Professor/Director of Bar Prep Position at U of Memphis

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Bar Preparation

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law seeks applicants for its new position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Bar Preparation.  The holder of this 12-month position will be responsible for building upon existing efforts to develop the law school’s programming to support our students’ success throughout law school and on the bar exam.  Responsibilities will include

  • designing and implementing bar preparation programming, including assistance for graduates between graduation and the taking of the bar exam
  • coordinating with the law school’s Director of Academic Success Programs,
  • collecting and analyzing data on student success to assist in developing a plan to maintain and increase bar passage

Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent law degree.  Among other qualifications, candidates should have a strong desire to work with and a demonstrated potential for teaching and leading law students; substantial interest in national strategies for student success; and the ability to collaborate with other law school stakeholders.  Experience teaching bar preparation is preferred.

Applicants must apply through the University of Memphis Work Forum at  and submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references.  Inquiries may be made to Professor Daniel Kiel, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, at

While the School of Law does not treat race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation as dispositive in hiring decisions, the School of Law has a strong institutional commitment to hiring persons who will add to its diversity.  The University of Memphis is an EEO/AA employer.


  1. The position advertised:

     __   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.

     __   b.   may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

     X     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.

Consistent with the current University of Memphis rules, the Law School anticipates that the individual hired will have a twelve-month clinical faculty appointment with presumptively renewable contracts of one year. 

  1. The professor hired:

     x_    a.   will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

     __   b.   will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

Additional information about the extent of the professor’s voting rights:

The professors hired will vote on all matters except hiring, promotion, and tenure of tenured/tenure-track faculty.

  1. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below. (A base salary does not include teaching other courses or teaching in summer school; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.)

___ over $120,000

___ $110,000 - $119,999

___ $100,000 - $109,999

___ $90,000 - $99,999

_x_ $80,000 - $89,999

___ $70,000 - $79,999

___   $60,000 - $69,999

___ $50,000 - $59,999

___ less than $50,000

___ this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000

___this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000

*Subject to University approval of funding, the Law School anticipates that the annual academic year base salary will be $87,000.  Tennessee does not have an income tax, and, in several different surveys, Memphis consistently ranks in the top ten for having one of the lowest costs of living in the United States.  Additionally, the positions will be benefits eligible. (See for more information.) 

  1. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the professor will be:

     __   a.   30 or fewer

     __   b.   31 - 35

     __   c.   36 - 40

     __   d.   41 - 45

     __   e.   46 - 50

     __   f.    51 - 55

     __   g.   56 - 60

     _x*_   h.   more than 60

This is not a position for a legal research & writing professor.  Instead, it is for a director of bar preparation and it is anticipated that the individual will teach a bar preparation course to many or all members of the 3L class.

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