Monday, February 22, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing and Academic Success at Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School’s legal writing and academic success programs are hiring a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2021-2022 academic year. A professor in this position likely would teach one section of students in our year-long 1L legal writing program (approximately 20 students) and a combination of 1L and upper-division academic success intervention courses. The position will report to the Director of Legal Writing, Professor Heidi Brown, and to the Director of Academic Success, Professor Shane Dizon. 

To provide applicants with background about our legal writing program, last year, Brooklyn Law School launched our new seven-credit 1L legal writing curriculum, a change from our prior four-credit program. Our fall semester course (which increased from two to three credits) introduces students to the fundamentals of legal research and writing, focusing on objective legal analysis. 

Last spring, we launched our brand new 1L legal writing course called Gateway to Lawyering. We offer four subject-matter “Gateways”: (1) Law and Business, (2) Law and Information, (3) Law and Social Justice, and (4) Law and Individual Life. We endeavor to place incoming students in their subject-matter area of preference. Each legal writing professor teaches one of the four Gateway courses. All four “Gateways” follow a similar syllabus progression and assignment/grading model, and offer consistent learning objectives. Teams of legal writing professors within each Gateway choose a statutory framework within the particular subject matter area that students work with throughout the semester. In the spring course, students produce three written works (descriptive, transactional, and persuasive) to advance a client’s interests. Students also learn and develop oral communication skills, including persuasive advocacy. 

Brooklyn Law School’s academic success program is one of the oldest at any U.S. law school. It encompasses a pre-orientation program, Summer Legal Process (specifically geared towards students traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession), as well as orientation sessions, voluntary weekly skills workshops, one-on-one meetings, and guided final exam practice. Academic success professors also teach intervention courses required in the spring of 1L year, the fall of 2L year, and both semesters of 3L year for students below certain GPA cutoffs. Finally, the office provides skills workshops and individual assistance for graduates taking the February and July bar exams. 

We welcome entry-level and experienced teachers to apply. Applicants must have a J.D., at least three years of legal practice experience, and experience reviewing and providing written and oral feedback on the legal work of students or junior attorneys. We are looking for innovative, collaborative, and creative educators to join our legal writing and academic success teams. As this is a newly created position, we welcome questions! 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references to Professor Shane Dizon at by Friday, March 5, 2021.

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