Tuesday, December 30, 2008

job openings at Seattle University School of Law

Seattle University School of Law is accepting applications for two positions teaching legal writing. Each position's three-year initial contract begins on August 1, 2009, with a starting salary of $70,000 – $79,000. The salary for lateral hires will be higher and will be based on the applicant’s qualifications and experience. The positions may lead to longer five-year term contracts. Persons hired may vote in faculty meetings. Teaching load is 51-55 students per semester. The Law School is currently reviewing its legal writing program and may be able to reduce the professor-student ratio.

Seattle University is an established leader in the field of legal writing: It founded the Legal Writing Institute, it has hosted seven Legal Writing Institute summer conferences, and its faculty has published numerous books and article relating to legal writing. As a result, for the last four years, U.S. New and World Report has ranked Seattle University’s legal writing program as one of the top two legal writing programs in the United States. 

Individuals teaching legal writing at Seattle University receive extensive training in teaching legal writing. They currently teach both a first-year course that introduces students to legal research, legal reading, legal analysis, and effective writing, and a second-year course that introduces persuasive writing and oral advocacy. Professors are in the classroom seven hours a week, spend about ten hours a week meeting with students on a one-to-one basis, and spend 20-25 hours a week critiquing and grading student writing.      

Candidates for the positions should possess a strong academic record, experience working as a judicial law clerk or as an attorney, teaching experience, excellent writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. The Hiring Committee will begin reviewing applications on February 2, 2009, and will continue until the positions are filled. To apply, send a letter of application, a resume or vitae, a writing sample that has not been edited by another person, and the names and contact information for three references either by email or mail to Professor Bryan Adamson, Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Avenue, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122-1090.

For more information about Seattle University’s writing program, contact Professor Laurel Currie Oates or Professor Mary Bowman.

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