Friday, September 12, 2008
Cornell Law School seeks candidates for full-time, permanent contract faculty positions (currently held by visitors) in its Lawyering Program, commencing in the 2009-10 academic year. The Lawyering course is a year-long, four-credit course that introduces first-year students to lawyering skills, with primary emphasis on legal writing, analysis, and research. Lawyering faculty teach the writing, analysis, and simulations components of the course; law librarians teach the research component of the course.
Although Lawyering faculty collaborate to ensure a uniform core curriculum, individual faculty have substantial academic freedom. Faculty create their own syllabi, create assignments in substantive areas of their choice, and have discretion whether to teach certain lawyering skills, such as interviewing or negotiating a settlement. Lawyering faculty teach one class of Lawyering; classes commonly consist of approximately 33 students. Additionally, after two years, Lawyering faculty usually teach a one-semester, upper-level course, such as a 16-student seminar.
Positions in The Lawyering Program are non-tenure-track but are eligible for long-term renewal. Entry-level candidates start with a three-year contract and after six years are eligible for renewable, five-year contracts. The Dean may provide summer grants to Lawyering faculty to work on individual and collective projects. Benefits are competitive. Base salaries range from the $60,000s to the $70,000s.
Applicants must have a J.D., excellent academic credentials, a strong writing background, and substantial legal-practice experience (a minimum of three years preferred). Applicants should mail (hard copies only) a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, the names of three references, and a writing sample to Joel Atlas, Director, The Lawyering Program, Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. The closing date for applications is October 13, 2008. The law school intends to interview candidates at the AALS recruitment conference in Washington, D.C., in early November.