Tuesday, January 11, 2011

teaching jobs at William and Mary

William and Mary Law School is hiring a Director of Legal Skills and four Legal Writing Instructors. Each ad is set out below.

Director of Skills/Professor of Practice

William & Mary Law School seeks outstanding, experienced professionals to serve as Director of our enhanced Legal Skills Program. The new Director will play a lead role in the process of integrating full-time legal writing instructors into our award-winning Skills Program. The Director's overarching responsibility is to orchestrate our sophisticated Legal Skills Program. First and foremost, this requires effective management of our new full-time legal writing instructors, adjunct instructors who will oversee non-writing skills pedagogy, 3rd-year student teaching assistants, and other support staff. We expect the Director to identify and recruit talented instructors and successfully integrate them into the Program. The Director must keep abreast of evolving trends and innovations in the teaching of legal skills, and work the best new ideas into the Skills Program. Finally, the Director will teach one section of legal writing (approximately 20 students) and so must possess all attributes required for writing instructors: basic mastery of first-year law school courses; superior writing skill; ability to teach the art of writing to first-year law students; and the ability to provide appropriate feedback on writing within a tight time frame.

Qualified applicants will have a J.D. or comparable degree from an ABA accredited or Canadian accredited law school, a distinguished academic record, and extensive legal writing experience. Experience teaching writing, particularly in a law school, is strongly preferred, as is some experience in the practice of law. Experience managing others, especially in an academic environment, is a big plus. The Director will hold the faculty title of Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice of Law, or Professor of the Practice of Law, depending on their experience. The Director will be eligible for long-term, annually renewable contracts that comply with ABA Standard 405 regarding security of position. The Director will serve on faculty committees, attend faculty meetings, and have some voting rights. Other perquisites, such as professional development funds, are negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with experience and ability.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and three references (i) via William & Mary’s online recruitment system at http://jobs.wm.edu, and (ii) to Gladys Kratsas, William & Mary Law School, gkratsas@wm.edu (regular mail: P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795). Applications should be received by February 4, 2011. The College of William & Mary is an EEO/AA employer. Confidential inquiries are welcome, and may be made to Professor Eric Kades, Vice Dean, eakade@wm.edu. Review begins February 7th, 2011, and will continue until the appointment is made. For more information about William & Mary Law School, please visit our web site: law.wm.edu.

Legal Writing Instructor 

William & Mary Law School is looking for superior legal writers for our celebrated Legal Skills Program (LSP). The Faculty recently decided to revamp the program by adding full-time writing instructors.

Qualified applicants will have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited or Canadian accredited law school. A strong academic record is a significant plus. In addition to superior writing and teaching skills, ideal candidates will excel at legal research and oral communication. Teaching experience, especially at a law school, is desirable. Each instructor will teach legal writing to two sections of students, with about 20 students in each section. In addition, they will devote considerable time to assisting students one-on-one with their writing. Although writing instructors will for the most part work independently, they must also be able to work cooperatively with their peers, the Director, adjunct skills instructors, student teaching assistants, and the librarians who help design legal research instruction. We anticipate that those hired will begin in the position on or about May 1, 2011, though there will be some flexibility in start dates. Legal Writing Instructors will serve under renewable contracts. Salary will be commensurate with experience and ability.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and three references (i) via William & Mary’s online recruitment system at http://jobs.wm.edu, and (ii) to Gladys Kratsas, William & Mary Law School, gkratsas@wm.edu (regular mail: P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795). Applications should be received by February 18, 2011. The College of William & Mary is an EEO/AA employer. Confidential inquiries are welcome, and may be made to Professor Eric Kades, Vice Dean, eakade@wm.edu. Review begins February 7th, 2011, and will continue until an appointment is made. For more information about William & Mary Law School, please visit our web site: law.wm.edu.

hat tip: Prof Eric Kades, Vice Dean, William & Mary Law School

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I have been asked to submit a letter of recommendation for Lee Anne Washington, who has applied for the above position of Legal Writing Instructor. I worked with Lee Anne for several years as a legal assistant. She is a dedicated attorney with a passion for the law who does not shirk from challenges. She has the ability to render complex legal ideas intelligible, and seems to have a natural talent for teaching. I understand from personal experience that the ability to write clear, concise and logical prose is a talent that is all too rare among the legal profession. Lee Anne not only has this talent but also is able to, with equal degrees of patience and enthusiasm, instruct others on how to achieve a similar clarity of expression.

It is without hesitation that I recommend Lee Anne for the position of Legal Writing Instructor.

Sincerely,
Jen Britt

Posted by: Jen Britt | Mar 22, 2011 1:23:57 PM

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