Friday, September 12, 2008

job opening at Vermont

Vermont Law School has announced an opening in its Legal Writing Department for a contract position. The initial appointment will be for two years, followed by a second two-year contract and then renewable five-year contracts.  Professors in the Legal Writing Department have full votng rights at faculty meetings on all issues except tenure.  Base salary will be from $60,000 to the low $70,000s, depending on experience. Professors have a travel and research budget, serve on faculty committees, and may teach courses outside the Department, depending on their interests and the curricular needs of the school.

The Legal Writing Department at VLS has a innovative pedagogy which combines doctrine and writing in a rigorous, three-semester program. In the first-year course, each professor develops a curriculum based on a doctrinal subject matter of her/his choosing. The Department follows common requirements regarding length and number of assignments, but otherwise professors are encouraged to play to their strengths and interests in developing their courses. The writing program culminates with Appellate Advocacy, a three-credit course students take in the fall of their second year. Each professor selects a different case pending before the United States Supreme Court. Students brief and argue the case in a moot court setting. Professors teach approximately 40-45 students each semester.

Candidates must have a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and must possess a proven record of post-JD legal writing experience. Teaching experience, especially at the law school level, is desirable.  To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to:  Coordinator, Legal Writing Hiring Committee, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068.  Candidates may apply online at facultysearch@vermontlaw.edu.

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