Monday, February 4, 2008

considering a career in teaching legal writing?

Professor_gThere are many ways in which law schools advertise for faculty positions in legal writing, but one of the most popular is via the listservs for members of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Law school ads on the listservs are not posted, however, unless the school provides information about several key aspects of the job:

  • the faculty status assigned to the position (tenure-track; long-term contracts of 5 years or more; short-term contracts of 1-4 years; capped (appointment limited to a certain number of years, with no renewal); fellowships of 1-2 years; part-time; or year-to-year adjunct);
  • the faculty member's ability to participate in faculty governance, i.e., whether the person hired for the position will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings;
  • the base salary range (excluding stipends for activities such as moot court coaching, summer school teaching, teaching other courses, or travel/development funds); and
  • the anticipated total number of students enrolled each semester in the courses the person hired will teach.
    • When these announcements appear on the listservs, we try to let you know about them on this blog. (We've barely begun the year, and already, we've had a bevy of announcements--see here and here and here and here and here and here.) For all the details on a given job, it's best for interested applicants to contact the persons listed in the announcements.

      Another valuable source to check is the job search page at the website of the Legal Writing Institute, particularly as it sometimes has ads that are not posted on the listservs (but still must answer the key questions).


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