Monday, September 3, 2012

legal writing teaching opening at Cornell

About_admin_deansThe Lawyering Program at Cornell Law School seeks candidates for a full-time position commencing in the 2013-14 academic year. The Lawyering course is a year-long, four-credit course that introduces first-year students to lawyering skills, with primary emphasis on legal writing, analysis, and research.  Lawyering faculty collaborate to ensure a uniform core curriculum, but they retain substantial academic freedom. Law librarians teach the research component of the course.

Lawyering faculty teach one section of the Lawyering course (approximately 35 students) and, after two years, also teach an upper-level, skills-related seminar. Opportunities to teach other skills-related courses may also arise.

Positions in the program are not tenure track but are eligible for long-term renewal. Entry-level faculty start with a three-year contract (eligible for renewal for another three years) and after six years are eligible for renewable, five-year contracts. The Dean may provide summer grants to faculty to work on individual and collective projects.  Benefits are competitive (the salary is negotiable) and include a budget for research and travel.

          Applicants must have a J.D., excellent academic credentials, a strong writing background, and substantial legal-practice experience (a minimum of three years is strongly preferred). Teaching experience is also preferred. We encourage applications from those whose background and experience would add to the diversity of the faculty. Applicants should mail (hard copies only) a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, the names of three references, and two writing samples to Joel Atlas, Director, The Lawyering Program, Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. The closing date for applications is September 24, 2012. We intend to interview candidates at the AALS recruitment conference in Washington, D.C., in October 2012.

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 (with some limitations).
3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $70,000 to $79,999.
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 31 - 35.


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