Thursday, September 25, 2008

job opening at Nova Southeastern

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida, has one opening for a position in its First-Year Lawyering Skills and Values Program ("LSV"), beginning in July 2009. Appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor of Law.  Professors in the program are eligible for promotion and renewable contracts.  After an LSV professor's fourth successful year of teaching LSV, he or she is promoted to Associate Professor of Law and is eligible for five-year renewable contracts. The current starting salary for a professor with little or no experience teaching legal writing/legal skills is in the $75,000 range, with the salary being adjusted based on experience. LSV professors may also receive benefits such as travel and professional development, professional dues, summer writing grants, sabbaticals, and research assistants. LSV professors have essentially the same rights as tenure-line professors. This includes the right to vote on all hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions.

The first-year program integrates legal theory with practice, professionalism, and technology, combining instruction in legal research, writing, and analysis with other lawyering skills, such as interviewing, counseling, and negotiating. The LSV faculty work together to develop the curriculum and materials. The fall semester focuses on teaching objective writing, research, and negotiation using state law, and it introduces the students to objective writing for transactional issues. The winter semester focuses on litigation and persuasive writing; students produce a pre-trial motion and supporting brief using federal law.  The course ends with an oral argument and a mediation.

Most LSV professors teach between 25 and 30 students in their LSV course, and most LSV professors also teach a doctrinal course. This course is chosen based on the professor's skills and the school's needs; current doctrinal needs include Property and Intellectual Property.

Candidates should have significant experience in the practice of law as well as a strong academic background. To apply, send a resumé and cover letter to Professor Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod, Faculty Appointments Committee Chair, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 3305 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida  33314-7721. Representatives from the law school will attend the AALS recruitment conference in November but will also interview on campus. If you will be attending the AALS recruitment conference, indicate that in your cover letter. Direct questions to Prof. Rodriguez-Dod or Anthony Niedwiecki.

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