Saturday, March 1, 2008

job openings at Seattle, Brooklyn, and Montana

A variety of job postings for a variety of legal writing jobs, including adjunct, visiting, full-time, and fellowship positions:

Seattle University School of Law is currently accepting applications for two visitors to teach Legal Writing: one for the 2008-2009 academic year and the other for Fall Semester 2008. The individual filling the year-long slot will teach two sections of Legal Writing I, a three-credit, year-long course that introduces first-year students to legal research, legal reading, legal analysis, and the principles of effective writing. In addition, each semester the year-long visitor teaches one section of Legal Writing II, a three-credit one semester course that introduces students to persuasive writing and oral advocacy.  The Fall 2008 visitor will teach two sections of Legal Writing I and one section of Legal Writing II. The salary depends on experience.

Send a letter of application, a resume or vitae, and the names and contact information for three references by March 17, 2008, by e-mail or regular mail to Laurel Currie Oates, Director of Legal Writing, Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Avenue, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122-1090.

Brooklyn Law School is seeking applicants for full-time and adjunct Legal Writing Instructor positions under renewable contracts.  Instructors teach the Legal Writing, Analysis Research to first year law students. Classes are small.  Full-time Writing Instructors are eligible for summer research stipends, vote at faculty meetings, attend conferences, and are members of faculty committees.

Applicants should possess strong academic records, excellent writing skills, and a minimum of three years of legal experience. Salary is competitive. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Professor Mollie Falk, Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

The University of Montana School of Law invites applications for a two-year Legal Writing Fellowship, beginning in August 2008. The Legal Writing Fellowship provides an opportunity for a new teacher to develop pedagogical skills and scholarship in a supportive academic environment. The law school’s Legal Writing Program consists of two required courses (Legal Analysis, Legal Writing), an appellate advocacy elective, and an upper-division writing requirement. The Legal Writing Fellow will work with the program's director to teach the required courses and may assist in the other components of the Law School’s legal writing program, including the appellate advocacy course and advanced writing requirement.

Selection criteria include J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; a superior academic background; relevant experience, including judicial clerkships, law review, or moot court; potential for effective teaching; potential for scholarship; ability to work collegially with students, staff, faculty, and external constituencies of the law school; creativity, resourcefulness, fairness, compassion, and initiative.

Applicants should submit a cover letter specifically addressing their interest in teaching and how their experience specifically qualifies them to teach in the Legal Writing Program. Applications should also include an official law school transcript; a current resume; the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. The Appointments Committee will begin to review applications on March 15, 2008, and will continue to review applications until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Bari Burke at 406-243-4252 or bari.burke@umontana.edu. Send application materials to Professor Bari Burke, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, School of Law, The University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive #6552, Missoula, MT 59812-6552.

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