Wednesday, July 18, 2007

teach legal writing in Albany

Professor Pam Amstrong sends this announcement:

Albany Law School invites applications for the position of Assistant Lawyering Professor for the 2008-2009 academic year. Currently, there are two open positions to teach Introduction to Lawyering. Lawyering faculty at Albany Law School enjoy the benefits and privileges extended to all faculty. Although not "tenure-track," lawyering faculty positions may become renewable long-term contract positions upon review after three years of continuing successful performance.

Professors in the Lawyering Program teach a first-year course integrating legal research, writing, analysis, and lawyering skills, including: interviewing; client counseling; fact investigating; drafting; negotiating; and appellate advocacy. Each professor is responsible for two sections of Introduction to Lawyering that will have 17-18 students each. The Lawyering Program is a coordinated program and is currently comprised of 7 professors.

Applicants must have a J.D., excellent academic record, demonstrated legal research and writing ability, prior teaching, clerkship and/or practice experience, and the ability to work within a coordinated program structure. Compensation for the position is competitive and includes full benefits.

Albany Law School is a small, independent private school in New York State's capital. Established in 1851, it is the oldest independent law school in the nation and the oldest law school in New York. The student-faculty ratio is 14 to 1, and the school offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. With 48% of the entering class from out of state, the school has a growing national reputation as a small, selective institution committed to academic excellence. You can learn more about the school by visiting our website:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, including names and contact information for at least three references, a writing sample, or legal research and writing, or lawyering teaching materials to: Faculty Recruitment Committee, c/o Barbara Jordan-Smith, Dean's Office, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208-3494. Email:

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Mann at:

1. The position advertised:
__ a. is tenure-track.
_X_ b. can lead to renewable long-term contracts.
__ c. has neither of these forms of job security.
(This position may lead to successive five-year contracts and complies with Section 405C.)

2. The person hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
_X_ a. true
__ b. not true
(The professor will be permitted to vote on all matters except hiring, promotion, and tenure of tenure-track faculty.)

3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the ranges checked below:
___a. $95,000 or more
_X_ b. $85,000 to $94,999 (salary commensurate with experience)
_X_ c. $75,000 to $84,999 (salary commensurate with experience)
_X_ d. $65,000 to $74,999 (salary commensurate with experience)
___e. $55,000 to $64,999
___f. $45,000 to $54,999
___g. $35,000 to $44,999
___h. Less than $35,000

4. The person hired will teach two sections of Introduction to Lawyering each semester, to the total number of students (combining both sections) in the range checked below:
___a. less than 30
_X_ b. 30 to 44
___c. 45 to 59
___d. more than 59
(Most sections contain fewer than twenty students.)


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