Thursday, May 20, 2010

ASP job opening

This announcement is not for a legal writing job, but perhaps some of our readers will know good candidates and encourage them to apply:

Pepperdine University School of Law is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of the law school’s Academic Success Program, to begin August 1, 2010.  The Director will be primarily responsible for developing, leading, coordinating, and implementing programs that support the School of Law’s goals of improving students’ law school academic success and success on the bar exam.  

Minimum requirements include a J.D. degree and admission to the practice of law.  Ideal candidates will have experience working in a higher education setting in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, academic counseling, or similar administrative, teaching, or practice experience.  The successful candidate also must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents within the diverse law school community, including students served by the Academic Success Program (“ASP”), student teaching fellows who work within ASP, faculty members, and the law school administration.

The successful candidate will report to the Associate Deans for Academics and Student Life and will closely supervise the ASP student teaching fellows. 

The Director’s specific duties will include, among others:

·    Working with faculty and administrative staff to support the academic support efforts at the law school

·    Hiring individual student teaching fellows to serve in each of the first-year courses

·    Conducting orientation and training programs for the student teaching fellows at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters

·    Conducting an orientation to ASP for, and introducing the case briefing method to, first-year students during first-year orientation

·    Coordinating and conducting fall and spring semester ASP workshops for first-year students on topics such as effective note-taking, outlining, multiple choice, and essay exam preparation, etc.

·    Coordinating and supervising the fall and spring semester student teaching fellow-led review sessions and office hours

·    Teaching the spring semester Supplemental Torts course for academically at-risk first-year students

·    Teaching (or co-teaching) the spring semester Bar Exam Workshop course for third-year students

·    Coordinating, teaching, or co-teaching winter and summer bar preparation workshops

·    Holding regular office hours and individual counseling sessions, and developing individualized remediation and referral programs, for law students in need of academic support services and alumni in need of bar preparation services

·    Gathering student and professor feedback regarding ASP offerings, including feedback on student teaching fellows

·    Gathering, compiling, and reporting statistical data regarding student participation in, and impact on student performance of, the various ASP offerings

·    Assisting the law school’s diversity recruiting and retention efforts

·    Maintaining a library of academic support and bar preparation books and materials for use by students and alumni

·    Managing the ASP web pages on the law school’s website

·    Participating in the greater academic support and bar preparation professional community in order to stay apprised of best practices through regular attendance at conferences, participation in relevant listservs and blogs, and study of relevant books and other resources

Compensation is commensurate with experience.  This position is a 12 month contract position, with the possibility of renewal.

Applicants should email a statement of interest, in the form of a cover letter, and resume to Jim Gash, Associate Dean for Student Life, at  Any questions also should be directed to Dean Gash.

hat tip:  Selina Farrell


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Empire State legal writing conference, post 1

P1040892 The Empire State Legal Writing Conference began on Friday, May 14, with a welcome from Hofstra Dean Nora Demleitner (pictured) and Professor Amy Stein. 

P1040897 The first session that I attended began with a presentation by Ed ("Grumpy Ed") Tefleyan of McGeorge.  Using the military experience of a "white glove inspection," illustrated with humorous video clips, he set out 10 steps to an error-free document.

Paired with Ed in Session 1 was Iselin Gambert of George Washington Law School, who talked about using the radio/TV show "This American Life" as a way to teach analysis, theme-setting, and tight editing skills.  She also discussed using the show to help teach students that legal cases involve real people and their lives and are not merely academic exercises.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Travel Options to Marco Island

Marco Island Rowe 2 LWI 25 You you still need to book your travel to Florida for the summer LWI Conference? Click here for our earlier post on travel options to Marco Island.  Read the comments there too (and add your own thoughts if you like!)


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Monday, May 17, 2010

job opening in Charlotte

Mediacenter_rightaccent Charlotte School of Law is searching for a Director of Lawyering Process who will 1) help shape and mature the existing legal writing program, and 2) work with other faculty members and the Director of Experiential Learning to create opportunities for faculty and students to integrate writing and research skills and professional identity into the core curriculum.  The position is a non-tenure track position (subject to long-term contract renewal) (negotiable) with full voting rights.  The Director’s responsibilities will include:


  • continued development of the first-year lawyering process curriculum, working with all faculty teaching first-year courses to coordinate assignments that reinforce and build upon what they are teaching in the classroom;
  • training, supervising and mentoring the legal writing faculty;
  • working with the law school’s writing specialist to oversee the law school’s writing center
  • working with the law school’s professional research librarians to continue development and delivery of the first-year legal research curriculum;
  • working with faculty and administration to develop writing across the curriculum in all three years of law school;
    setting standards for, number of, length of, and nature of assignments for Lawyering Process I and Lawyering Process II;
  • setting standards for the materials and problems for Lawyering Process I and Lawyering Process II;
  • setting and overseeing grading policies in the Lawyering Process Program;
  • working with the faculty and Academic Dean in recruiting and hiring legal writing faculty and adjunct faculty; and
  • completing other such tasks and responsibilities reasonably related to performing the listed functions. 

The Director will be expected to teach up to two lawyering process courses per semester (teaching load will depend on the administrative duties at the time).   Scholarship is encouraged but not required.  Candidates should have outstanding academic records, and demonstrated excellence in teaching legal research and writing.  A minimum of four years of legal practice experience and strong administrative experience is preferred.


1.  The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.|
2.  The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

3.  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $70,000 - $99,999, commensurate with experience.  

4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing director will be 30 or fewer.  


hat tip:  Susan Rowe



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job opening in Santa Clara

5Entrancelg Santa Clara University School of Law is inviting applications for positions teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, beginning in August 2010. Santa Clara has a three-semester, six-credit-hour required LRW program, with two credits in the fall of the first year, focusing on analysis, synthesis and predictive writing; two credits in the spring, focusing on legal research and persuasive writing at the trial court level; and two credits in the fall of the second year, focusing on appellate advocacy.  


The most competitive candidates for these positions will (1) have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school in the top third of their class; (2) demonstrate excellence or the potential for excellence in teaching legal analysis, research and writing; (3) possess excellent research, writing and editing skills; (4) have at least two years of law practice or other law-related experience following graduation from law school; (5) have strong interpersonal skills; (6) demonstrate commitment to inclusion and ability to work with diverse populations, (7) be committed to and enthusiastic about teaching legal writing, analysis and research as a long-term and full-time profession; and (8) be familiar with or willing to become familiar with sound principles of teaching legal research and writing and to remain current with pedagogical developments and innovations.


To apply, submit a resume, your law school transcript, a writing sample, the names and phone numbers of three references, and a short cover letter describing your interest in teaching legal research and writing, to Evangeline Abriel, Interim Director, LARAW Program, Santa Clara University School of Law, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95053, or contact her at (408) 554-5368 or with any questions you might have.  



1.  The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. 

2.  The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. 

3.  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $50,000 - $59,999.  The faculty member may be able to teach additional courses, for example, in the summer, for additional compensation. 

4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be between 46 and 50 students in the fall semester and between 24 and 28 in the spring semester.


hat tip:  Vangie Abriel





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