Wednesday, August 26, 2009

job opening at Missouri-Columbia

The University of Missouri School of Law invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, nine-month appointment in its Legal Research and Writing program for the 2010-2011 academic year. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching two sections of Legal Research & Writing (LR&W) during the fall semester (20 or fewer students per section) and two sections of Advocacy & Research (A&R) during the winter semester (20 or fewer students per section), plus two additional courses to be determined by curricular needs and the legal writing faculty member’s interests. Although legal writing faculty agree on overall course design (such as course goals, number of major writing assignments and grading standards), teachers are free to decide how to structure and teach their own classes.

The initial appointment to a legal-writing-track position will ordinarily be at the rank of legal writing associate professor of law. The one-year appointment can lead to successive three-year contracts. Legal writing faculty members are eligible for and expected to participate in applicable faculty governance activities. 

Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, a strong academic record, excellent legal research and writing skills, and experience in the practice of law. The ideal candidate would also have at least two years experience teaching legal research and writing. 

The University of Missouri School of Law is a full-time J.D. and LL.M.-granting institution located in Columbia, Missouri, and is home to 32 full-time faculty and approximately 450 students.  Columbia has a population of 100,000 and is regularly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States. 

Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired.  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references (with their contact information) to Robin Nichols, University of Missouri School of Law, 27 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO  65211-4300.

For additional information about the Legal Research and Writing program, contact Melody Daily, Clinical Professor of Law, and Director of Legal Research and Writing, MU School of Law, 203 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO  65211, (573) 882-7244) .

ALWD/LWI required disclosures: The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. Voting is allowed on every issue except promotion of tenured or tenure-track professors. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the $50,000-$79,999 range.  (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.) Salary is dependent on experience.  Also, salary can be supplemented with summer teaching. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 36 to 40 total in legal writing courses plus additional students in a third course. Each semester the teaching load will be two sections of legal writing (Legal Research and Writing in the fall and Advocacy and Research in the spring) plus one additional course to be determined by curricular need and faculty interests. Typically each section of LR&W or A&R has 18 to 20 students.  Enrollment in the third course varies.

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