Friday, September 11, 2009

job opening at U of Arizona

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Legal Writing, to begin either January 2010 or summer 2010. The Assistant Director will teach in and assist in the administration of the Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing program. The position will also carry the title of Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (continuing status eligible). The position carries full benefit eligibility, including health and retirement.

At the University of Arizona, first-year students take a graded course entitled "Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research."  This course is largely taught by adjunct professors. The course provides a comprehensive foundation in legal analysis, writing, and research skills. The adjunct professors are each assisted by one second-year teaching assistant. The syllabus and some assignments are prepared by the Director and the Assistant Director of Legal Writing. There are 12-15 students per class section. 

In the fall semester, a three-unit graded course entitled "Persuasive Communication" is offered to upper-class students. This class is also largely taught by adjunct professors. The Persuasive Communication course includes a full moot court experience, plus comprehensive instruction in appellate advocacy and persuasive techniques. There are 10-15 students per class section.

The Assistant Director may teach either in the first-year curriculum or the upper-class Persuasive Communication curriculum. The law school anticipates that the course load will vary, but it is not expected to exceed more than two sections per semester. The total number of students per semester is, therefore, likely to range from 15-30.

The successful candidate will assist the Director of Legal Writing in (1) providing teaching materials and support for the adjunct professors who teach in the program, (2) designing activities and exercises for active classroom learning, (3)  creating legal writing problems and exams, (4) planning meetings and training for the adjunct professors, (5) selecting and supervising the student writing fellows, (6) working with the librarians who teach in the program, and (7) directing the program in the Director's absence.

Persons qualified for the position must have a J.D., at least 3 years of legal experience, superior academic credentials, excellent writing skills, a record of teaching excellence, strong administrative and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work closely with the Director to plan and administer the legal writing program.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, a resume, a short writing sample, a law school transcript, and three letters of reference to the hiring committee chair, Professor Andy Silverman, by e-mail or by hard copy to  Prof. Andy Silverman, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, P.O. Box 210176, Tucson, AZ  85721-0176

Alternatively, applicants may apply using the University of Arizona On-Line Career Tracking System. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 5, 2009.  For further information about the position or about our legal writing program, e-mail or phone the Director of Legal Writing, Professor Suzanne Rabe, (520) 626-2426. The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history.

ALWD/LWI required disclosures: The position advertised is a "continuing status" tenure-track appointment. This status is commonly referred to as "clinical tenure track." The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings on all matters except the promotion and tenure of tenure-track and tenured faculty. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the $70,000-$99,999 range. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 30 or fewer. Although the number of students may vary from semester to semester, the assistant director will generally teach between 15 and 30 students per semester.

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