Saturday, May 25, 2019

Instructor Openings in Law Success Program at St. Mary's

St. Mary's University School of Law invites applications for three full-time Law Success Instructors for the 2019-2020 academic year.  This is a full-time, non-tenure track position.  

The mission of the Office of Law Success is to ensure that St. Mary's students are successful in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. This mission demands that Law Success Instructors be team oriented and collaborative, possess a positive mindset, be committed to excellence in teaching, and demonstrate passionate dedication to the students with whom they work. Instructors have four primary expectations in their role: 1) classroom instruction; 2) academic support; 3) aiding with bar exam preparation; and, 4) participating in program work to meet the needs of the students. As this position is student facing, Law Success Instructors are on campus and available to meet with students 40 hours a week during the contract period (excluding University holidays).

Each instructor will teach a required first-year legal research, writing, and lawyering skills course -- Legal Communications, Analysis, and Professionalism (LCAP). In addition, instructors may teach upper-level courses, including Bar Preparation for Credit.  Law Success requires a programmatic approach to teaching courses to ensure consistency between different sections of the same course and to provide a better student experience. Instructors will, among other things, help design courses, participate on committees, attend student and faculty functions, teach classes, prepare problems, critique assignments, and regularly meet with individual students.  St. Mary's has both day and evening programs, and instructors may teach in either or both based on the needs of the office.

This is a ten-month position (August-May), and instructors will be hired for one-year contracts. All instructors will be evaluated at the end of the contract with options for renewal.  The starting salary for the full-time position is set at $65,000, depending upon prior experience.  

Applicants for the position must have a JD degree, a strong academic record, excellent writing skills, at least two years of recent legal work experience post-JD graduation, and either aptitude for or experience in teaching. Experience working as an academic support professional, legal writing professional, and/or in bar exam preparation is strongly preferred, but not required.

St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest and continues to advocate the Marianist mission of academic excellence and servant leadership. Founded in 1852 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), St. Mary's is a comprehensive Catholic and Marianist university with a strong tradition of integrating liberal arts with professional studies. St. Mary's enrolls approximately 4,000 students in a diverse university with five schools, more than 40 academic programs including Ph.D. and J.D. programs, and numerous pre-professional programs.

Applications can be found at Along with the employment application please submit: (1) a cover letter addressing your interest in position and how your experience would further the mission of Law Success, (2) curriculum vita, (3) an official graduate transcript confirming the Juris Doctor degree, (4) a list of three references, and (5) a writing sample. The deadline for submission of applications is June 7, 2019.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a clear background check.  St Mary's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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