Monday, August 21, 2006

job opening in Georgia

The job annoucement below is from Mercer University School of Law (institutional home of the Legal Writing Institute):

"Mercer University School of Law invites applications for a tenure-track Legal Writing position beginning July 1, 2007.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass along this information.  We may expedite the hiring process this Fall, so please send materials by Sept. 15.
"The Curriculum: Mercer’s curriculum, which emphasizes Legal Writing and other professional skills, is among the most thoughtful in the nation, having earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award by the ABA for its comprehensive skills training. Also, Mercer was recently one of four schools recognized by the National Jurist as a "select pace-setting school" in legal education. Mercer was recognized specifically for its Certificate Program in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting, an upper-division elective writing program described more fully below.
"The Teaching Load: The person hired to fill this position will teach Legal Writing I and II (the core required courses covering research, predictive and persuasive writing, and oral advocacy) and another course of interest to the professor and the school.  The professor may also moderate a six-student section of  Advanced Writing Group, a group that meets one hour a week primarily to read and react to short pieces (1-3 pages) of legal writing.  Class sizes for the core required courses range from 22-27, depending on the year. Mercer’s Legal Writing professors work together on program planning, and we share administrative tasks.
"The Legal Writing Program: Mercer’s Legal Writing Program has three components: (1) the required three-semester program; (2) an assortment of upper-division electives; and (3) the Legal Writing Certificate Program. The core courses in the required three-semester program carry three graded credits each.  In addition, students take Legal Analysis, Introduction to Legal Research, and a writing component in a small section of one of their 1st-semester casebook courses. Together, these required writing courses total the equivalent of nine credits, not counting the two-hour seminar requirement in the third year.
"After completing the required program, students can choose from a number of upper-division research or writing electives, such as Advanced Research, Advanced Litigation Drafting, Appellate Practice and Procedure, Transactional Drafting, Real Estate Drafting, and Pretrial Practice. Alternatively, upper-division students can participate in Mercer’s Legal Writing Certificate Program. Participants in the Certificate Program meet in weekly Advanced Writing Groups (6 students per group), critiquing each other’s writing. They take Advanced Research and one of the other writing electives, pass a grammar and style competency exam, complete three additional drafting projects, and compile a portfolio of their writing. Students who earn the Legal Writing Certificate complete the equivalent of 17 credits in Legal Research and Writing.
"The Environment: Located 75 miles from Atlanta in Macon, Georgia, Mercer is one of the oldest private law schools in the nation. The faculty is collegial and relationships with students are strong. Mild winters, historic homes, inexpensive housing, and friendly people make for a pleasant life-style. Big-city pleasures are nearby, and the Atlanta airport, with its connections to every major national and international destination, is a little more than an hour away.
"Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong record of academic achievement, excellent legal writing skills, and at least one year of post-law school legal experience. Prior Legal Writing teaching experience is especially helpful. Mercer University School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, religion, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. The Faculty Appointments Committee will begin reviewing applications very early in the fall and may complete the hiring process prior to the AALS Faculty Appointment Conference in Washington. Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and any teaching evaluations from last year to Linda Edwards at the address below.
"1.  The position advertised

     _X_   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.
     ___   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 person hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

     _X_   a.   true
     __   b.   not true

"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.)

     _X_   a.   $90,000 or more (depending on qualifications)
     _X_   b.   $80,000 to $89,999 (depending on qualifications)
     _X_   c.   $70,000 to $79,999 (depending on qualifications)
     ___   d.   $60,000 to $69,999
     ___   e.   $50,000 to $59,999
     ___   f.    $40,000 to $49,999
     ___   g.   $30,000 to $39,999
     ___   h.   this is a part-time appointment
                     paying less than $30,000
     ___   i.    this is an adjunct appointment
                     paying less than $10,000
"*Additional information:  The professor also will be eligible to all of the same benefits as any other faculty member.  These benefits include eligibility for summer research grants of approximately $9,000, stipends for voluntary additional teaching, ample research assistants, and generous travel funds.
"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
     _X_   b.   31 - 35
     _X_   c.   36 - 40
     _X_   d.   41 - 45
     _X_   e.   46 - 50
     _X_   f.    51 - 55
     _X_   g.   56 - 60
     ___   h.   more than 60
"*The number of students depends primarily on the semester and on the nature of the "other" course the professor teaches.  The professor will teach 1 section of the core required legal writing course during one of the semesters and will teach 2 sections during the other semester.  Here is an example of a possible course load:  In the semester in which the professor is teaching 2 sections of the core required legal writing course, the professor might teach 25 legal writing students in each section, for a total of 50 students.  In the semester when the professor is teaching only 1 section of the core required legal writing course, the professor might teach 25 legal writing students and 10-15 seminar students, for a total of 35-40 students. The professor probably would also moderate an Advanced Writing Group meeting (6 students) one hour a week."

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