Thursday, September 21, 2006

possible position in Oregon

The University of Oregon School of Law seeks candidates for a possible full-time Legal Research and Writing (LRW) position beginning July 16, 2007.

Applicants for this position should have a strong record of academic achievement, excellent skills in legal writing and oral communication, a J.D. or its equivalent, and at least two years of post-law school legal experience. Applicants should have a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and a commitment to teaching LRW. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated potential to work successfully in a program that requires a high level of coordination and collaboration. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively within a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.

LRW is a required, two-semester course taught in the first-year curriculum. The course is awarded two credits each semester and is fully graded. The LRW curriculum integrates research, analysis, and writing as well as other professional skills that complement the core curriculum. The full-time teaching load consists of two sections per semester; LRW sections average 22 students each. LRW faculty teach the same students in both semesters. The director leads the LRW faculty in planning and coordinating the course, though individual teachers have flexibility in designing their assignments within the overall structure set by the director.

The base salary for this position is for a standard nine-month contract; however, LRW professors are also paid for one additional month of preparation work just before the start of the academic year. (Salary range is therefore $50-59,999). Each teacher receives a professional development stipend, which can be used for travel and research assistance. LRW professors serve on faculty committees and vote on all matters except those related to promotion and tenure. During the sixth year of appointment, an LRW professor can request promotion to senior instructor, which brings longer contracts, a salary increase, and the possibility of a paid sabbatical.

Eugene is frequently included in lists of the most livable places in the US. It is a mid-sized city that combines the offerings of a large, multi-cultural city with a relaxed, small-town atmosphere. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Pacific Ocean is about an hour’s drive west; the Cascade mountain range is about the same distance east.

Applications should be sent to Professor Suzanne Rowe, Director of Legal Research and Writing, University of Oregon School of Law, 1221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1221. Applications should include a letter of interest, a resume, a list of three references, and a law school transcript. The appointments committee will begin reviewing applications in October, though submissions will be accepted until any openings are filled.

The University of Oregon is an EO/AAA employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.

hat tip:  Suzanne Rowe


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