Thursday, July 24, 2008

job openings at Windsor (Canada) and Roger Williams (Rhode Island)

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, has announced that two of the school's three existing Legal Research and Writing positions were converted from limited term contract positions to tenure track positions. The third position is scheduled to be converted in July 2009, and the school is seeking applicants for that tenure-track position.

The successful candidate will teach the first-year Legal Research and Writing course, which is designed to introduce students to the research methods and techniques applicable to law practice and scholarship. In addition, specific attention is paid to the development of legal writing skills. Legal Research and Writing is the foundational course in the law school's Experiential and Clinical Educationprogram. The person hired will be responsible for the development of assignments, the updating of teaching materials, the evaluation of student assignments, and the administration of the first-year moot court program, and will pursue scholarship in the area of legal research and writing pedagogy and contribute to the developing research in this area.

Applicants should have an LL.B. or J.D. degree (but an LL.M. or M.L.I.S. would be an asset); teaching experience, particularly in a Legal Research and Writing Program; practice experience; and evidence of superior legal research and writing abilities.

The base salary is $60,000 to $69,999 (in Canadian dollars, presently almost at par). The person hired will teach approximately 45 to 59 students.

The Faculty has an innovative program of studies and pursues scholarly interests in Access to Justice and Canada/U.S. legal issues. It sponsors a number of clinical projects: Legal Assistance of Windsor, Community Legal Aid, the University of Windsor Mediation Service, Intellectual Property and Innovative Law Project, and Pro Bono Students Canada. The school is also the home of the Centre for Transnational Law and Justice, Intellectual Property Law Institute, and publishes The Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice and the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues.

Additional information about the position, including an on-line application, is available here. Interested candidates should send a letter of application which addresses the qualifications identified above and includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status; a current curriculum vitae; samples of course outlines and teaching evaluations and other evidence of teaching effectiveness; statements of teaching and research and interests; a vision statement for developing and enhancing the Faculty’s experiential learning program described on the text pages 23 through 25 of the Faculty of Law Prospectus; samples of scholarly work; university academic transcripts; and three current letters of reference including a least two academic references forwarded by the referees.

Send complete applications by September 30, 2008 to Dean Bruce Elman, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4. Applications may still be received after the deadline date. If you are unable to submit the application by the deadline, please advise the Dean that you intend to submit an application after the deadline date. If you are viewing the advertisement after the deadline date, you should contact the Dean to find out the status of the search and discuss the possibility of submitting an application. The acceptance of a late submission is at the discretion of the appointments committee.

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Roger Williams University School of Law, in Bristol, Rhode Island, has announced an immediate opening for a full-time contract position as Legal Methods professor. A full-time Legal Methods professor teaches three sections of Legal Methods, for a total of 40 – 45 students. The law school may consider a part-time arrangement, whereby the successful candidate would teach only two sections of Legal Methods.

The successful candidate will be hired initially for a one-year contract, and after that, will be eligible for up to a three-year contract. Upon the successful completion of a three-year contract, the professor will be eligible for renewable, five-year contracts. Once a five-year contract is secured, the Legal Methods professor may vote at faculty meetings on all matters other than promotion and tenure.

The Legal Methods program at RWU has six professors, who use the same syllabus, same book and, with the principal exception of the “open memorandum”  assignment in the fall, the same or similar materials. The base salary is $50,000 and goes up from there, depending on the successful candidate’s experience.  The law school offers the usual benefits, including health and dental insurance, contributions to a retirement fund, etc. 

Send applications, including resume, by e-mail as soon as possible to Elizabeth Colt, Director of Legal Writing.


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