Monday, September 15, 2008

director's job opening at New England School of Law

New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking a new director of its legal research and writing program. This is a tenure-track position; the initial appointment is expected to be made at the assistant or associate professor rank, depending upon experience and qualifications. 

The program has a three required semesters, and it is staffed by 39 experienced and highly qualified adjunct legal writing professors. The first two semesters cover legal research, objective legal writing, and persuasive writing at the trial court level; the third semester is an appellate advocacy program.   
Responsibilities of the Director include (1) creating the overall curriculum and developing and/or obtaining assignments for both courses; (2) hiring, in consultation with the Dean’s Office, and supervising the adjunct legal writing professors; and (3) working with the library reference staff to ensure the delivery of legal research training for students and legal writing faculty.

There is a substantial amount of administrative work in this position, and therefore, it is expected that the director will teach only one course each semester.  Initially, the director is expected to teach a legal writing course, but after the first year, the director may expand his or her teaching interests to other courses (including non-legal-writing courses), consistent with the needs of the general academic program. The base salary range is from $50,000 to over $90,000, depending on experience.

Applicants should have excellent academic credentials; legal research and writing teaching experience; excellent administrative skills; and prior practice and/or clerkship experience.  Send applications to Professor Allison Dussias, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, New England Law │Boston, 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA  02116. Direct any questions about the position to the current director of the program, Professor Davalene Cooper, by phone at 617-422-7338 or by e-mail at


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