Monday, October 6, 2008
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position directing the law school’s Legal Methods program. Legal Methods (LM) is a required four-hour, first-year legal analysis, writing, and research course. In the fall semester, LM students study legal analysis, legal research, and objective writing; in the spring, they study persuasive writing and oral argument, the academic year culminating in a moot court competition administered by the law school’s Moot Court Board.
Under the current model, the director teaches the first hour each week in two large sections of approximately 75 students; the second hour finds students in groups of approximately 12, where they are taught by a group of 12-14 adjunct professors. The director typically teaches one of the small sections and will teach one additional course of his or her choosing. The incoming director will have full autonomy to design the program, assignments, syllabus, and all other programmatic and curricular aspects of the legal writing course.
The successful candidate will have an outstanding academic record, excellent legal writing and communication skills, relevant practice experience which may include judicial clerkships, a commitment to and understanding of the goals and pedagogy of legal writing courses, administrative acumen, and scholarly promise. Prior legal writing teaching experience is very strongly preferred, but the law school will consider both entry-level and lateral candidates.
The position is a regular tenure-track 9-month academic appointment, with an anticipated base salary of mid-$80s or above, depending on entering rank, plus possible summer research stipends.. The director will enjoy full academic freedom and will be expected to participate in faculty governance, to engage in law school, university, and other service, to administer and teach in the legal writing program, and to produce high-quality scholarship. The law school looks forward to welcoming a new member to its outstanding faculty when it moves into its new $40 million building located in a revitalized downtown Memphis on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi river.
Send expressions of interest and a resume to: David S. Romantz, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, The University of Memphis School of Law, 3715 Central Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152. Electronic applications are preferred. The Faculty Recruitment Committee expects to interview applicants at the November 2008 AALS Recruitment Conference in Washington, D.C., and at the January 2009 AALS Annual Conference in San Diego, California.