Saturday, February 21, 2009

job opening at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania Law School invites applications for the position of Legal Writing Lecturer, beginning in August 2009. The Legal Writing Lecturer will assist the Director and Assistant Director of Legal Writing in teaching the first-year Legal Writing course; selecting, training, and supervising student instructors; coordinating legal research training with the librarians; and teaching upper-level writing courses. The Legal Writing Lecturer will also take a lead role in teaching the Law School’s legal writing course for international LL.M. students.

Teaching responsibilities of the Lecturer include the first-year Legal Writing course in partnership with the Director and Assistant Director, including teaching large lectures to one-third of the first-year class; developing course materials and teacher training materials; training and supervising the upper-level student instructors for the course; and coordinating legal research training with the law librarians and representatives of CALR services. The Lecturer will also teach a writing course to the LL.M. students, which is an optional course taught on a similar model to the J.D. course, with heavy use of student instructors. The Lecturer will be asked to develop expertise in the special needs of international students of legal writing. The Lecturer may teach upper-level courses emphasizing lawyering skill development, as approved by the Director and the Associate Dean.

The applicant must have a Juris Doctor degree and superior writing, research, and analysis skills.  Legal practice experience is required.  Prior law school teaching experience in legal writing is strongly preferred. Experience mentoring beginning teachers and lawyers is desirable.

The Lecturer will receive a one-year contract and the title of Lecturer in Law. The contract is renewable for up to three years. The salary range is $60,000 to $69,999, plus the standard research and travel allowance given to faculty. The Lecturer will participate in faculty committees and will attend faculty meetings as a non-voting member.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but must be submitted by March 27, 2009.  Send a cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and contact information for at least two references to Eric Dillalogue, Administrative Assistant for Legal Skills Programs. Address questions to Anne Kringel, Legal Writing Director.

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