Monday, December 16, 2013

legal writing director job opening in Chicago

Ck_logoChicago-Kent College of Law seeks applicants for the position of Director of its Legal Writing Program. The Director will teach a section of Legal Writing I and II, and may also teach a doctrinal course in an area of interest. In addition, the duties of the Director will include 1) training and supervising new first-year legal writing professors, 2) hiring, training and supervising legal writing Teaching Assistants, 3) facilitating pedagogical planning and design of the first-year research and writing course, 4) managing the first-year Legal Writing Program’s budget, 4) coordinating first-year legal research training, 5) participating in first-year legal writing faculty hiring and retention, 6) reviewing course evaluations for all first year sections, 7) addressing student concerns related to the first-year course, and 8) collaborating with the Director of Experiential Learning to achieve continuity and instructional excellence across the legal writing curriculum. 

The Director will also be expected to promote curricular innovation, participate actively in the law school and legal writing communities, advocate on behalf of the Legal Writing Program internally, promote the Program externally, engage in legal writing or other types of scholarship, and support the scholarly activities of the legal writing faculty.

Applicants should have a distinguished academic record, at least five years of experience teaching legal writing, and strong leadership, administrative and interpersonal skills.  Supervisory or administrative experience is desirable, but not required. Chicago-Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.   

The Director will be hired at the rank of Associate Professor of Legal Writing or Professor of Legal Writing, depending on qualifications and experience.  The position is eligible for long-term renewable contracts that comply with ABA Standard 405(c) on security of position.

            The review of applications will begin after Friday, January 24, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, address a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for at least three references to the attention of the search committee chair, Adrian Walters. Please submit these materials via email to Nicole Lechuga,    


1.  The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five years or more.
2.  The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3.   The school anticipates paying an annual academic base-year salary of $90,000 or more.  4.   The number of students enrolled in each semester of the legal writing courses taught by this professor is 30 or fewer. The professor may also teach a doctrinal course whose enrollment could, but would not likely exceed 60 students.

hat tip: Suzanne Ehrenberg


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