Monday, August 18, 2008

Director Position: The John Marshall Law School -Chicago

THE JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL, CHICAGO is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of the Lawyering Skills Program, a tenure-track or tenured position, beginning in the 2009-10 academic year. 

The Lawyering Skills Program is a nationally ranked legal research and writing program consisting of a four-semester, nine or ten credit-hour required sequence of courses, including: (1) Lawyering Skills I, a three-credit course in predictive analysis, writing, and research; (2) Lawyering Skills II, a three-credit course in oral and written advocacy and advanced research; (3) Lawyering Skills: Herzog Moot Court Competition, a one-credit intra-scholastic moot court competition; and (4) Lawyering Skills: Drafting, a two- or three- credit course in a variety of fields, ranging from  general practice to various specialties, including patent drafting, information technology, employee benefits, and real estate. 

In 1994, the Lawyering Skills Program was converted from a long-term contract program to a tenure-track program and is, therefore, a program of peers in which twelve full-time faculty partner with the Director to make programmatic decisions.  An Associate Director also assists the Director in selecting, training, and supervising a committed and experienced group of adjunct faculty to teach the advanced courses, to develop problems for some of the courses, and to administer all aspects of the courses.  In addition to administrative responsibilities, the Director will teach one section of approximately 15 Lawyering Skills students each semester.  The Director will also teach a doctrinal course each semester related to area of interest and curricular needs. 

The Director will be expected to produce scholarship and to serve on faculty committees.  In addition, the Director of the Lawyering Skills Program is expected to be visible and active in the national legal writing community.  The John Marshall Law School seeks candidates who share its commitment to the discipline of legal writing, to innovative teaching and skills training, and to scholarship.

Successful candidates will be hired at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor depending upon prior experience and background.  Salary will also be commensurate with experience and background.  Applicants must have at least a J.D. or its equivalent, a distinguished academic record, and evidence of excellence as a legal writing teacher and as a scholar.  Applicants should send a letter of application and resume by October 10, 2008 to Professor Julie Spanbauer, Chair, Selection and Appointments Committee, The John Marshall Law School, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604

The John Marshall Law School is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, and we enthusiastically solicit applications from minorities, women, and other individuals from historically underrepresented groups.


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