Monday, September 18, 2006

job opening in Chicago

THE JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL in Chicago, Illinois invites applications for a faculty appointment with primary teaching responsibilities in the field of Lawyering Skills. This position will be a tenure-track appointment that carries full faculty status and teaching responsibilities in both the Lawyering Skills Program and in doctrinal courses.  John Marshall has a comprehensive Lawyering Skills Program, which includes a minimum of four semesters of courses focusing on analysis, legal method, objective writing, legal and factual research, persuasive writing, appellate advocacy, and both general practice and specialized legal drafting courses.  Applicants should have:

excellent academic records;
strong and effective communications skills:
the ability to work with others;
an interest in teaching and mentoring students;
experience teaching in a legal writing program; and,
a record of scholarship or a strong commitment to producing high quality scholarship.

The tenure-track appointment will require the successful applicant to teach one section of Lawyering Skills to approximately 25 students each semester. The professor will also teach a doctrinal course each semester.  The doctrinal assignment can be tailored to the candidate’s interests, but the law school currently has special needs in the areas of contracts, criminal law and procedure, commercial law, patent law, corporations, securities law, and professional responsibility.

In order to support faculty scholarship, John Marshall provides generous summer stipends to tenure-track faculty members. In addition, Lawyering Skills professors are excused from teaching Lawyering Skills one out of every six semesters so that they can focus on scholarship.  During that semester, each faculty member will teach only doctrinal classes. 

John Marshall is located in the heart of Chicago’s loop, close to the federal and state courthouses, museums, theaters, Orchestra Hall, and public transportation. Faculty members very much enjoy working in Chicago.  The metropolitan area and Chicago ’s excellent mass transit system offer a wide variety of city, suburban, and rural living options.  Chicago is also the home of multiple world-class symphony orchestras, professional sports teams, and resident opera and ballet companies.

John Marshall encourages diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. All members of the John Marshall faculty share a strong commitment to institutional and public service.

For information about the Lawyering Skills Program, please contact Professor Molly Lien, Director, at 312-987-2379, or [email protected] Interested candidates should submit applications to:  Professor Karen Halverson Cross, Co-Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604. Electronic submissions are welcome and may be sent to [email protected]

1.  The position advertised:
    _X   a.   is tenure-track.
     __   b.   can lead to long-term contracts.
     __   c.   has neither of these forms of job security.

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)
     __   c.   $70,000 to $79,999
     __   d.   $60,000 to $69,999
     __   e.   $50,000 to $59,999
     __   f.    $40,000 to $49,999
     __   g.    less than $40,000

4.  The person hired will teach legal writing, each semester, to the total number of students in the range checked below:

     _X_ a.   less than 30
     __   b.   30 to 44
     __   c.   45 to 59
     __   d.   more than 59

hat tip:  Professor Molly Lien, The John Marshall Law School

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