Tuesday, August 29, 2006

job opening in San Diego

THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a tenure-track position teaching legal writing and other courses beginning in Fall 2007.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, please forward this announcement.  We will be reviewing resumes early this fall; we will be interviewing candidates at AALS as well as candidates who apply outside that process.

Legal Writing Program and Faculty: Thomas Jefferson’s legal writing program has a strong foundation and a growing reputation.  When the program began in 1993, it was one of the first in the country to be taught primarily by tenured and tenure-track faculty members and to draw extensively on thinking, learning, writing, and teaching methods from other disciplines.  The curriculum incorporates best practices from benchmark legal writing programs, learning and teaching experts, and fields including rhetoric, composition, literature, education, and psychology.  Our faculty includes one of the founders and the current editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and all our faculty have exemplary records in scholarship, teaching, and practice. 

Legal Writing Curriculum: Thomas Jefferson's legal writing curriculum begins with a four-unit first-semester course integrating legal analysis, legal reasoning, legal research, and legal writing.  All sections of this course are taught by full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty.  In the second semester, a team of both full-time professors and experienced adjunct faculty teach a three-unit persuasive writing and oral advocacy course.  In the second and third years, students complete an upper level writing requirement.  This requirement allows students to develop advanced lawyering skills in a field that is of particular interest.  The requirement may be satisfied by taking a doctrinal seminar course or a professional skills course, by working on a Moot Court brief or law review note, or by completing an independent study project.  In addition, students may further develop their lawyering skills by taking an advanced legal research course or a course designed to improve rhetorical skills such as Law and Literature, Law and Rhetoric, or Appellate Advocacy.

Teaching Opportunities: The successful candidate will teach one or two sections of Legal Writing (usually limited to 25 students) each semester.  Depending on interest, the successful candidate may also oversee Legal Writing II, the first-year, second-semester legal writing course in persuasive legal writing and oral advocacy.  In this role, the successful candidate would train and supervise adjunct faculty teaching Legal Writing II and help to guide future development of the persuasive legal writing curriculum.  The successful candidate also will join with the tenured and tenure-track professors who teach Legal Writing I in sharing planning and administrative tasks for the overall legal writing curriculum.  Professors who teach legal writing usually also teach one or two doctrinal or elective courses each year. 

Scholarship and Service: The position carries the same scholarship requirement as all tenure-track positions at the law school; the scholarship requirement may be satisfied by analytical writing in legal research and writing or in other fields.  All faculty members at the law school are expected to participate in faculty governance and other service activities.

Qualifications:  Applicants should have a distinguished academic record, excellent legal writing skills, significant practice experience, and a record of or potential for significant scholarly achievement.  We are particularly interested in candidates with prior experience teaching and administering legal writing.  Members of minority groups and others whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

The Law School:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a fully ABA-accredited, nonprofit, independent law school in San Diego.  Our dynamic, collegial, and diverse faculty is highly prolific, having authored more than two dozen books and 200 law review articles.  More than two thirds of our 34 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty have joined the school since 1996, and we expect the faculty will continue to grow.  Our student body is nationally based, with the large majority of students coming from outside California.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Anders Kaye, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2121 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110.  Materials can also be sent by e-mail to anderskaye@tjsl.edu.  The committee will begin reviewing applications early in Fall 2006. 

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)
     _X_   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

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
     _X_   h.   more than 60
The number of students taught will vary.  During a semester in which the professor teaches two sections of the first-semester required legal writing course, the professor will have 20 - 25 students in each section, for a total of 50 students.  In other semesters, the professor might teach a required doctrinal course and a seminar, two upperlevel electives, or some other combination of courses.
hat tip:  Professor Linda L. Berger, Thomas Jefferson School of Law


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