Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Job opening for legal writing professor at Nova Southeastern School of Law

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida, has one opening for a position in its innovative First-Year Lawyering Skills and Values Program (“LSV”).  Candidates should have at least two years of experience in the practice of law as well as a strong academic background.  The position will begin in July of 2010.


Appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor of Law.  NSU standards are in full compliance with ABA Standard 405(c).  Professors in the program are eligible for promotion and renewable contracts.  After an LSV professor’s fourth successful year of teaching LSV, he or she is promoted to Associate Professor of Law and is eligible to receive five-year renewable contracts.   LSV professors have essentially the same rights as tenure-line professors.   This includes the right to vote on all hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions. Service and publication requirements also apply to the LSV position. LSV professors are also eligible for summer writing grants, sabbaticals, and research assistants.

Most LSV professors teach approximately 30 students in their LSV course.  In addition, each LSV professor teaches one other course yearly, with most teaching a doctrinal course. This course is chosen based on the professor’s skills and the school’s needs; our current doctrinal needs include Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.  Most LSV professors teach their additional course in the winter term.  After approximately five years of working at NSU, each LSV professor rotates out of the LSV program for one year. In place of the LSV course, the professor teaches two non-LSV courses during that year (one in each semester or two in one semester). In addition to the availability of summer grants and sabbaticals, the year-long rotation out of LSV allows the professor to further develop his or her scholarly interests.

The first-year program integrates legal theory with practice, professionalism, and technology right from the first day of law school. The program combines instruction in legal research, writing, and analysis with other lawyering skills, such as interviewing, counseling, and negotiating.  The LSV faculty work together to develop the curriculum and materials.  The focus of the fall semester is on teaching objective writing, research, and negotiation using state law.  The fall program also introduces the students to objective writing for transactional issues.  The winter semester focuses on litigation and persuasive writing.  The students produce a pre-trial motion and supporting brief using federal law.  The course ends with an oral argument and a mediation.

The current starting salary for an LSV professor is in the $75,000 range, with the salary being adjusted based on experience.   LSV professors are also eligible for benefits such as travel and professional development, and professional dues.  All benefits are the same as those given to tenure-line professors.    

Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Although we will review candidates until we fill any open positions, interested candidates should send a resumé and cover letter to:

Professor Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod, Faculty Appointments Committee Chair, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 3305 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida  33314-7721 or via e-mail to  AA/EOE Smoke-free campus.

We will be attending the AALS recruitment conference in November and interviewing people on campus.  In your cover letter, let us know if you will be attending the AALS recruitment conference.  Feel free to email Prof. Rodriguez-Dod or Professor Anthony Niedwiecki, LSV Director at NSU  at if you have any questions.

1.     The position advertised

___   a.    is tenure-track.

_X_   b.    may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

___   c.    may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.

___   d.    has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.

___ e.   is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

___ f.   is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.


Additional information about job security or terms of employment, any applicable term limits, and whether the position complies with ABA Standard 405(c):  This position complies with ABA Standard 405(c).  The initial appointment is for renewable one-year contracts.  In the professor’s fourth year, a

successful LSV professor will be awarded a renewable five-year contract.   

2.     The professor hired:

_X_   a.    will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

___   b.    will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

Additional information about the extent of the professor’s voting rights:  LSV professors have the identical voting rights of all other members of the faculty.

3.     The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary
in the range checked below.  (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.)

_     a.    $90,000 or more

__   b.    $80,000 to $89,000

X    c.    $70,000 to $79,999

___   d.    $60,000 to $69,999

___   e.    $50,000 to $59,999

___   f.    40,000 to $49,999

___   g.    $30,000 to $39,999

___   h.    less than $30,000

___   i.    this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000

___   j.    this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000

Additional information about base salary or other compensation:  Although the final salary for the position has yet to be set, we expect the salary range to start at $75,000; however, salary is commensurate with experience.

4.     The person hired will teach legal writing, each semester, to the
total number of students in the range checked below:

_X_   a.    30 or fewer

_X_   b.    31 - 35

___   c.    36 - 40

___   d.    41 - 45

___   e.    46 - 50

___   f.    51 - 55

___   g.    56 - 60

___   h.    more than 60

Additional information about teaching load, including required or permitted
teaching outside of the legal research and writing program:  All LSV professors teach one additional course each year.


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