Friday, December 29, 2006

job opening in Philadelphia

The announcement below arrived from Professor Anne Kringel:

"The University of Pennsylvania Law School invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Legal Writing, beginning in August 2007.  The Assistant Director will assist the Director of Legal Writing in:

(1)    teaching the first-year Legal Writing course;
(2)    selecting, training, and supervising student instructors;
(3)    coordinating legal research training with the librarians;
(4)    overseeing Appellate Advocacy and other writing skills courses;(5)    advising the moot court board and moot court teams; and
(6)    teaching upper-level writing courses.

"The Assistant Director will also direct the Law School’s academic support program.

"The primary responsibility of the Assistant Director will be to teach the first-year Legal Writing course in partnership with the Director.  Together, the Assistant Director and Director will develop course materials and teacher training materials.  They will teach large lecture classes to first-year students; train and supervise the upper level student instructors for the course; and coordinate legal research training with the law librarians and representatives of CALR services. 

"The Assistant Director will assist the Director in overseeing the adjunct-taught Appellate Advocacy course and other writing skills courses and in advising the student-run Moot Court Board, the finalists in the Keedy Cup competition, and the Law School’s National Moot Court team.

"The Assistant Director may teach upper-level courses as approved by the Director and the Associate Dean.  Most such upper-level courses should emphasize lawyering skill development.

"The Assistant Director will also direct the Law School’s academic support program, which includes a series of optional lectures provided to first-year students in the fall term and individual counseling provided throughout the year.  The Assistant Director will provide individual counseling and instruction to students seeking academic assistance and to students identified as having academic difficulty after their first semester. 

"The applicant must have a Juris Doctor degree and superior writing, research, and analysis skills.  Legal practice experience is required.  Prior law school teaching experience in the areas of legal writing and academic support is strongly preferred.  Experience mentoring beginning teachers and lawyers is desirable.

"The Assistant Director will receive a one-year contract and the title of Lecturer in Law.  The contract is renewable and may lead to long-term contracts of four years.  The Assistant Director will receive the standard research and travel allowance given to faculty.  The Assistant Director will participate in faculty committees and will attend faculty meetings as a non-voting member.

"Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but must be submitted by February 28, 2007.  Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for at least two references to Sherri Kaplan, Administrative Assistant for Legal Skills Programs, at  Questions can be addressed to Anne Kringel, Legal Writing Director, at

"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.

"2. The professor hired:
__ a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
_X b. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

"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.)
__ a. $90,000 or more
__ b. $80,000 to $89,999
_X c. $70,000 to $79,999
_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
__ b. 31 - 35
__ c. 36 - 40
__ d. 41 - 45
__ e. 46 - 50
__ f. 51 - 55
__ g. 56 - 60
X* h. more than 60

"Additional information about teaching load, including required or permitted teaching outside of the legal research and writing program: 
*The Assistant Director will teach a limited number of large lectures to first-year students but will primarily teach the 3L Legal Writing Instructors."


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