Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Wayne State University Law School seeks an experienced (at least two years preferred) legal educator to direct its Legal Research & Writing Program, which includes four other full-time legal research and writing instructors. The person hired will play a leading role in helping Wayne’s faculty choose from among various proposals to update the program in the next several years, including proposals for expansion of the program beyond the first year of law school, integration of legal research and writing instruction with instruction in other first year subjects, and adding instruction in professional skills other than legal research and writing to the required first year course.
The Director trains new legal writing faculty; organizes the Orientation program for first-years; prepares syllabi for Orientation and the first-year course; develops the common writing problems used by all sections; chairs meetings of the research and writing faculty; handles student issues related to the research and writing program; arranges visits by trial and appellate courts; coordinates the first-year moot court program; and oversees the selection of legal writing award recipients. In addition, the Director usually teaches one section of the two-semester legal writing course for first-year law students and one section of the upper level Advanced Legal Writing course.
The Director serves on Law School committees and participates in faculty meetings. As an ex officio member of the Law School’s Legal Research & Writing Committee, the Director participates in evaluating the performance of research and writing faculty and in screening candidates for research and writing instructor positions. It is expected that the Director will engage in professional advancement activities suitable to the position, such as participating in conferences, publishing articles, and performing service outside the University in the legal writing community.
To apply, send a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, by e-mail (preferred) or in hardcopy, to Christopher J. Peters, Chair, Legal Research & Writing Committee, Wayne State University Law School, 471 West Palmer, Detroit, MI 48202.