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Editor: Jeremy Telman
Oklahoma City University
School of Law

Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Two Legal Academies, Part I

I have taught at five different law schools.  None of the law schools at which I have taught were ranked in the Top 100 at the time I taught there.  One now is (good for you, Drexel!).  Increasingly, I have come to believe that there are (at least) two legal academies.  When I tell people at top law schools that we do not have the same job, they reject the proposition as absurd.  I suppose it depends on how much overlap you think there has to be.  Yes, we teach the same courses.  We may even teach the same cases and have similar conversations about those cases with our students.  And yet, so much about the way lower-ranked schools operate differs from the way top-tier schools operate. As a result, the routines and responsibilities of law professors at the two kinds of institutions are really different.

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The gap between the top law schools and lower-ranked law schools has widened dramatically over the course of my career.  When I started teaching at the Valparaiso University Law School (RIP), I and most of my colleagues still were giving one winner-takes-all exam at the end of the semester.  Some of us were able to publish consistently in top 80, or top 50 law reviews.  One of my colleagues was a Bigelow Fellow who had never practiced (but was a spectacular teacher).  I had time to write articles during the school year.  

Much of that is no longer true.  As our bar passage rate for Valpo Law grads declined, for reasons I have discussed here, we dramatically changed the way we taught.  We reformed our curriculum so that all first-year courses were seven weeks long (a change about which I blogged here, here, and here), guaranteeing students early feedback so that our student support faculty and staff could engage in early interventions.  I did not care for that move, because I preferred (and prefer) to give my students feedback throughout the semester, and grading 70 -140 contracts exams in the middle of the Fall semester was just really difficult, especially as our teaching loads also increased at that time.  Because Valpo Law collapsed, it is easy to dismiss our efforts as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but I don't think the collapse was related to our curricular changes. 

In any case, my current approach involves reading and commenting on weekly homework, offering to read any practice problems that students care to turn in, a short midterm, and a final.   As a result, this blog is the closest I come to writing scholarship during the semester, and to my great regret, I have almost no opportunity to read other people's scholarship during the school year.  I'll have more to say about the two legal academies and scholarship in another post.

When I was at Valpo, we managed to hire a couple of Visiting Assistant Professors (VAPs) who had been at Stetson and Chicago Kent.  People who had prestigious VAPs at places like Harvard, Stanford, and Chicago were now out of reach, as were people who had clerked on the Supreme Court.   Early in my career, I was able to place my scholarship in a matter of weeks.  One of my colleagues got an acceptance something like thirty minutes after he submitted.  These days, I sometimes come up empty and have to send pieces out through several cycles before I can place them.  

I am chairing my law school's hiring committee, and so the very different experience of the hiring market at the top and the bottom of the law school renkings is very much on my mind.  To give one obvious example, two years ago, the University of Virginia's law school hired seventeen new faculty members.    Not to be outdone, last year, the University of Michigan's law school hired twenty new faculty members last year, in addition to its three new clinical fellows.  The announcement of new faculty members also provides a non-exhaustive list of six additions in "recent academic years."  Meanwhile, my entire law school has thirteen full-time doctrinal faculty members, including our Associate Dean.  If you include legal writing instructors and librarians with teaching duties, we get up to 21, still three short of Michigan's one-year hiring haul.  

All the more so because there are only 272 candidates in this year's first distribution through the AALS's Faculty Appointments Register (FAR).  If the top schools were picking their new hires from that register, one top school that goes on a Michigan-like hiring spree can take nearly 10% of the candidates.  But of course, Michigan and Virginia are not, for the most part, hiring the people in the faculty register.  They are, for the most part, making lateral hires.  I intend no criticism of these two great law schools.  The groups of legal practitioners and scholars that the two schools attracted are amazing on every level. 

I merely note that I would be surprised if any of those 40 immensely knowledgeable, talented people would consider teaching at my law school, even if that were the long-term academic offer they had.  They would elect to take a short-term position or return to/stay in practice than to take a job like mine, which is amazing because my job is so much better than 95% of the jobs in this country.  I am well-paid, and I have pretty good benefits, I make my own hours, and I have a great deal of autonomy in terms of how I teach and what I write about.  I have my own gorgeous office, and I close the door whenever I like.  Since my law school does not offer classes on Fridays, every weekend when I don't have a faculty meeting is a long weekend.  And then, of course, I have summers to do with as I like.  Mind you, I work hard in the summer, but that is a choice.

Brian Leiter provides some theories to explain this year's small pool in the first FAR distribution.  Brian's first theory is that there is a lot of need in the private sector, and so people might want to make money in that market while they can.  Things may have changed.  In my experience, a surprisingly high percentage of well-compensated lawyers in private practice felt trapped and would have loved to jump ship for academia if they knew how to do it.  I would be surprised if that has changed, as I would be surprised if the legal profession escaped the general crapification of work.  One commentator on Brian's thread opines that the ability to work remotely has made working for law schools more tolerable.  To him I ask, why is being able to tolerate work your goal?  I enjoy my work.  Maybe government jobs are still okay, but that is not where the money is.  Nonetheless, I find Brian's second theory does more suggestive:

The barriers to successful entry to the tenure-track market have risen significantly over the last 25 years, and even over the last ten years.  25 years ago, plenty of folks got good tenure-track jobs on promise.  Now, of course, one needs publications in most cases, and often the kind of profile one would associate with a graduate of a PhD program (one reason JD/PhDs are increasing their share of the market).  I suspect it is harder now for even the typical very strong JD from an elite law school to contemplate the moves (e.g., to VAPs or Fellowships), or carve out the time (for writing), that is now required.   

Many of the commentators agree with this theory, and the estimable Orin Kerr goes farther, commenting "To have a realistic chance, a candidate usually needs either a VAP/fellowship or a PhD. — and everyone knows it."  When Orin Kerr says something this wrong about the job market in which I exist, it can only be because he inhabits a different job market, in fact, a different Legal Academy, about which I will have more to say in another post.  So let me make this clear.  Speaking as the chair of the hiring committee of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, you do not need a VAP or a Ph.D. to be qualified to teach at my law school.  What we are looking for is teaching ability, practice experience, and a commitment to one-solid-article-every-year-or-two scholarship.

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The second post in the series, on scholarship in the Other Legal Academy, is here.

The third post in the series, on teaching in the Other Legal Academy, is here.

 

September 1, 2022 in Commentary, Help Wanted, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 22, 2022

Hiring (Lots of Hiring!) at Emory Law

 Emory Law Faculty Hiring Announcement

Emory Law seeks to fill seven faculty positions to begin in the 2023-24 academic year.  Entry-level candidates are strongly encouraged to participate in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register. Lateral candidates should complete the online application which requires creating an account, uploading a resume or CV, and providing basic demographic information. In addition, applicants should submit a cover letter, a current CV, a published or unpublished academic article, a brief research agenda, and an indication of teaching interests (if not listed on the CV) to the chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee: Joanna Shepherd, at law.faculty.appointments@emory.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The positions are as follows: 

  1. Assistant or Associate Professor- Tax Law 

Emory University School of Law seeks to fill one to two positions in tax law beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. The positions are open to entry-level and lateral candidates at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and a distinguished academic record. Candidates should have a strong track record and/or show outstanding promise in research in tax law or related fields, and the ability to teach at least one tax course. Where a candidate has met the law school’s standards for scholarly excellence and demonstrated the ability to teach tax-related courses, a candidate’s interest in teaching in the 1L curriculum will be an additional positive factor.  

  1. Assistant or Associate Professor- Employment/Labor Law 

Emory University School of Law seeks to fill a position in employment or labor law beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. The position is at the rank of assistant or associate professor and is open to entry-level and lateral candidates. Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and a distinguished academic record. Candidates should have a strong track record and/or show outstanding promise in research in employment law, labor law, or related fields. Candidates should also have the ability to teach one or more employment or labor law courses. Where a candidate has met the law school’s standards for scholarly excellence and demonstrated the ability to teach employment-related courses, a candidate’s interest in teaching in the 1L curriculum will be an additional positive factor.

  1. Associate or Full Professor- Corporate Law 

Emory University School of Law seeks to fill a position in corporate law beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. The position is open to lateral candidates at the rank of associate or full professor. Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and a distinguished academic record. Candidates should have a strong track record and/or show outstanding promise in research in corporate law or related fields. Candidates should also have the ability to teach at least one corporate or business law course.  Where a candidate has met the law school’s standards for scholarly excellence and demonstrated the ability to teach corporate-related courses, a candidate’s interest in teaching in the 1L curriculum will be an additional positive factor.

  1. Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor- Bankruptcy Law 

Emory University School of Law seeks to fill a position in bankruptcy law beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. The position is open to entry-level and lateral candidates of all levels of experience. Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and a distinguished academic record. Candidates should have a strong track record and/or show outstanding promise in research in bankruptcy, commercial law, or related fields. Candidates should also have the ability to teach at least the foundational bankruptcy course. Where a candidate has met the law school’s standards for scholarly excellence and demonstrated the ability to teach bankruptcy, a candidate’s interest in teaching in the 1L curriculum will be an additional positive factor.

  1. Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor- Constitutional Law/Law & Religion 

Emory University School of Law seeks to fill a position in constitutional law with a priority given to candidates who have interest and/or expertise in law & religion (including but not limited to religious freedom), beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. The position is open to entry-level and lateral candidates of all levels of experience. Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., and/or equivalent degree, and a distinguished academic record. Candidates should have a strong track record and/or show outstanding promise in research in constitutional law, law & religion, and related fields, and the ability to teach one or more constitutional law and law and religion courses. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the law school’s globally-recognized Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

  1. Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor- Artificial Intelligence 

Emory University School of Law seeks applications from legal scholars of all levels of experience whose work engages issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data science. Candidates should have exceptional records in research, teaching, and service and have attained a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Where a candidate has met the law school’s standards for scholarly and teaching excellence, interest in teaching in the 1L curriculum will be an additional positive factor.  

Over the next several years, across its departments, Emory University will hire 50 to 60 faculty members with a focus on, but not limited to, four topical areas: AI and Health; AI and Social Justice/Law; AI and Business/Economics and Entrepreneurship/Law; and AI and the Humanities and Arts. Emory Law has already recruited two leading scholars working in AI-related fields. Additional information about the university’s initiative can be found here.  The law school has also announced the Innovation and Legal Tech Initiative, which will explore the implications of AI, machine learning, and data science for the practice of law.

  1. H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law

Emory University School of Law seeks applications from distinguished scholars for the K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law. The Gyr professorship recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and teaching in disciplines related to private international law, including international conflict of laws, international economic law, trade, international commercial arbitration and litigation, financial regulation, international business transactions, and other fields relating to private international law. Candidates should have exceptional records in research, teaching, and service and have attained a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates should currently hold a tenured academic appointment and should be eligible for appointment as a full professor at Emory. Where a candidate has met the law school’s standards for scholarly excellence and demonstrated the ability to teach courses related to private international law, a candidate’s interest in teaching in the 1L curriculum will be an additional positive factor. 

August 22, 2022 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Help Wanted: Position(s) at Oklahoma City University School of Law

JOB POSTING FOR DOCTRINAL FACULTY POSITION

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for one or more tenured or tenure-track faculty positions to begin with the 2023-24 academic year.  We welcome applications from candidates with a teaching interest in Business Organizations, Contracts and Commercial Law, Civil Procedure, and Environmental Law.  We have additional needs in secondary teaching fields, including Indian law, energy law, healthcare law, homeland security and national security.  We welcome candidates whose approaches in research will add to the scope and depth of our faculty scholarship.

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Candidates should have an excellent academic background, demonstrated potential to be a productive scholar, a strong commitment to the practice of inclusion, and a strong commitment to becoming an engaged classroom teacher.  Candidates must have either a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school or a foreign law degree plus a U.S. LL.M. or J.S.D. 

Oklahoma City University School of Law is located in downtown Oklahoma City and is deeply engaged with the legal, business, and governmental communities.  Oklahoma City has been named “American’s Most Livable Community” and is consistently ranked among the top cities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and among the best-run large cities.  

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.  We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly members of groups underrepresented in the teaching or practice of law.  For the university’s complete nondiscrimination policy, please see: https://www.okcu.edu/admin/hr/policies/general/nondiscrimination-policy-equity-resolution-process/nondiscrimination-policy/

To apply, please submit a CV and job-talk paper to https://jobs.silkroad.com/OKCU/FacultyCareers/jobs/1319  A cover letter that describes the candidate’s commitment to the practice of inclusion and includes examples would be helpful.  Interested persons are encouraged to direct inquiries to the Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, Professor Jeremy Telman, datelman@okcu.edu.  Review of applications will begin August 8, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

August 10, 2022 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Help Wanted: LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire tenure-track or tenured faculty in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, faculty who have expertise in business law, civil & comparative law, civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, family law, professional responsibility, and property. Applicants should have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school (foreign equivalencies will also be considered), superior academic credentials, and a demonstrable commitment to the production of quality scholarship, as well as a commitment to outstanding teaching. 

Screen Shot 2022-08-05 at 6.31.19 AMLouisiana State University is an R1 land, sea, and space-grant university with a footprint across the state of Louisiana. It is one of only eight universities in the nation with a law school, dental school, medical school, veterinary school, and an elite MBA program. The LSU Law Center, the flagship state law school of Louisiana, is part of LSU A&M’s campus, located in the state capital, Baton Rouge. See more about LSU, including links to the area, at https://lsu.edu/visit/index.php.

LSU is committed to providing equal opportunity for all qualified persons in admission to, participation in, or employment in the programs and activities which the University operates without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, or veteran’s status. LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity/ equal access employer. LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap.

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Please note that applicants must apply through the LSU Career Opportunities website. Only those persons who apply online will be considered for employment. Please apply using the following link: (https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/0400-Hebert-Law-Center/Assistant-Professor-of-Law-Associate-Professor-of-Law-Professor-of-Law_R00069560). Applications should include a letter of interest, resume including a list of three references, research agenda, and, if available, teaching evaluations.  

Questions may be directed by email to Ms. Pamela Hancock, the LSU Law Center’s Coordinator of Administration, who assists the Faculty Appointments Committee (phancock@lsu.edu). 

August 9, 2022 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 8, 2022

Help Wanted: Three(!) Positions at Stetson Law

POSITION: TENURE-TRACK PROFESSOR OF LAW

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seeks to fill at least three entry-level tenure-track positions.  While our needs are flexible, we are particularly focused on Contracts, Torts, and Legal Research and Writing, as well as the areas of the Uniform Commercial Code, Professional Responsibility, Intellectual Property (emphasis on Patent Law), and Health Law. We may also have a need for Spring 2023 visitors in Legal Research and Writing and Torts.Other doctrinal areas may be considered depending on our developing institutional needs.

Located in Florida’s Tampa Bay area, the nation’s nineteenth largest metro area, Stetson was established in 1900 and is Florida’s oldest law school. Our main campus is in Gulfport, just outside St. Petersburg. We also have a part-time program with classes on both the main campus and our satellite campus in downtown Tampa. Stetson has earned a national reputation for its advocacy program, which is ranked #3 in U.S. News and World Report, and its elder law and higher education programs, with Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, and Higher Education Law and Policy. Stetson also has achieved a national reputation in legal writing, with its legal writing program also ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Stetson is the home for the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication, the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, and the Veterans Law Institute.

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Stetson nurtures a vibrant intellectual community, situated on a beautiful campus. We encourage potential applicants to visit our website at https://www.stetson.edu/portal/law/ to learn more about our school, our community, and our programs. The law school is a part of Stetson University, which is located in DeLand, Florida, approximately three hours from the law school. The University features include a College of Arts and Sciences, a School of Music, and a School of Business Administration, the latter of which supports the law school’s JD/MBA program.

Stetson encourages applications from women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ candidates, and others who will contribute to our stimulating and diverse cultural and intellectual environment. Applicants must have a strong academic record and be committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship. Stetson’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy is available at https://www.stetson.edu/administration/human-resources/media/hotline/eeo-non-discrimination.pdf.

SALARY: Salary is competitive

STARTING DATE: August 2023

APPLICATION:

Applicants should send a cover letter indicating teaching and scholarly interests, a current curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references to Professors Jason Palmer and Rebecca Morgan at facultyappointments@law.stetson.edu or by standard mail to Professors Palmer and Morgan at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707. The Faculty Appointments Committee will continue to review applications until positions are filled.

August 8, 2022 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Help Wanted: Lewis & Clark Law School

Lewis_and_clark_college_sealLewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon invites applications from candidates for several positions to begin in the 2023-24 academic year. These positions will remain open until filled. We primarily seek candidates to teach property, torts, contracts, commercial law, copyright and other IP classes, employment law and related classes, health law, and lawyering/legal writing. Candidates with interests in constitutional law, criminal law, and wills & trusts may also receive consideration.

We will begin screening interviews in September, and campus callbacks will take place shortly thereafter. Applicants who receive an offer will have two weeks to consider the offer. In some cases, an applicant may need to make a decision before other law schools have completed callbacks. Applicants should have serious interest in Lewis & Clark Law School and living in the Pacific Northwest.

Interested persons should send a c.v., references, a writing sample, and an indication of specific teaching interests to Kerry Rowand, Executive Assistant to the Dean, at lawfacultyhire@lclark.edu. More information about the law school can be found at https://law.lclark.edu/

Lewis & Clark College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We value diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with regard to sex, race, religion or religious creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance, or regulation. 

July 19, 2022 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 8, 2022

Help Wanted: California Western

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications from lateral candidates for two tenure or tenure-track positions to begin on or about August 1, 2023.  We are looking for candidates with strong academic backgrounds, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and demonstrated potential to be productive scholars.  We specifically are interested in an experienced instructor to teach Contracts and Civil Procedure beginning in Academic Year 2023-24, and particularly welcome applications from individuals who would contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of our faculty. 

San DiegoEstablished in 1924, CWSL is an ABA accredited and AALS member, non-profit law school, and has the distinction of being San Diego’s oldest law school. At CWSL we pride ourselves on the diversity of our student body.  This year, around 50% of our incoming students are from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  We are committed to having a faculty that reflects our student body and our community.  CWSL continues to rethink the status quo in legal education – balancing a rigorous practical education with cutting edge scholarship and community service.  As a result, our graduates have a reputation for being uniquely practice-ready.  

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CWSL is located in downtown San Diego, literally overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  A city of breathtaking beauty, we have perfect weather, miles of beaches, and nearby mountains.  We are a family-friendly, diverse city with small city traffic and walkable neighborhoods.  

 Application materials should include a cover letter, C.V., research agenda, and a diversity statement that addresses how you will contribute to CWSL’s goal of creating a diverse faculty. Please direct application materials and questions to the chair of the Lateral Appointments Committee, Professor Erin Sheley, at the following email address:  esheley@cwsl.edu. We will begin considering applications on August 12 2022. 

July 8, 2022 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

VAP Position at Duquesne Law

Apply here.

Duquesne_LawDuquesne University School of Law, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, invites applications and nominations for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law to teach during the 2022-2023 academic year. This position is a nine-month visiting position, beginning in the summer of 2022 with the possibility of one additional nine-month term. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching three courses: one course during the fall semester and two courses the spring semester. The successful candidate will have ample time to focus on scholarship, be afforded to the Law School's library and related resources, have no administrative or faculty committee duties.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Our curricular needs include: Business Associations, Property, Contracts, Emerging Technologies, Intellectual Property, Health Law, and related elective courses. Candidates must be available to teach in-person, although the public health situation may require occasional remote and/or hyflex teaching.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience teaching in legal education.

Evidence of significant practical experience in an area of curricular need.

Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Commitment to the University's values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University's Mission. Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others).

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission of the University and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.

April 20, 2022 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

DePaul Seeks Visitor to Teach (inter alia) Contracts

DePaul University:
PROVOST: COLLEGE OF LAW: LAW ACADEMIC

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Location

Chicago, IL - College of Law

Open Date

Mar 17, 2022

Description

DePaul University College of Law invites applications for a one-semester position as a visiting professor during the 2022-2023 academic year. Specific curricular needs include Contracts, Business Organizations, and Taxation. We welcome candidates with excellent academic credentials and strongly prefer those with a successful teaching record, including demonstrated experience teaching first-year law students. DePaul Law enthusiastically encourages applicants who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply.

Qualifications

All candidates must hold a J.D. or equivalent degree, with preference for candidates who have significant teaching experience.

Application Instructions

Required materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and diverse learning environment statement. Please direct any questions about the position to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Allison Brownell Tirres (atirres@depaul.edu).

DePaul Law is committed to improving society by educating purpose-driven lawyers who will serve their clients, the legal profession, and the broader community in ways that enhance access to justice and promote equitable policies and processes. To learn more, please visit https://law.depaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx.

March 29, 2022 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 28, 2022

Hiring: Animal Law at OCU Law

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks a visiting faculty member to teach Animal Law and other subjects of interest to the candidate.  The visitor will serve as a full-time faculty member for the 2022-23 academic year. Both one-semester and full-year visits may be possible. We expect successful candidates to teach in person. Both experienced and entry-level candidates will be considered.

Candidates must have a J.D., LL.M. or S.J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and be licensed to practice law in one of the states or the District of Columbia. 

Oklahoma City University School of Law is located in downtown Oklahoma City and is deeply engaged with the legal, business, and governmental communities.  Oklahoma City has been named “American’s Most Livable Community” and is consistently ranked among the most affordable and prosperous cities, among the top cities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and among the best-run large cities.  

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Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.  We strongly encourage applications from members of demographic groups historically underrepresented in the teaching and practice of law.  For the university’s complete nondiscrimination policy, please see: https://www.okcu.edu/admin/hr/policies/general/nondiscrimination-policy-equity-resolution-process/nondiscrimination-policy/. 

To apply, please submit a CV to Associate Dean Paula Dalley (pdalley@okcu.edu).

If you have questions before you brave an encounter with the imposing Paula Dalley, feel free to reach out to me, datelman@okcu.edu 

March 28, 2022 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Looking for New Colleagues at the OCU School of Law

My law school is hiring!  I am not on the search committee, but I know people who are, and I'm even on speaking terms with some of them!  I have highlighted key words for people in the commercial law/business law field.  Feel free to contract me directly if you are interested in applying.  This is a great place to work, and I will be happy to tell you why.

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JOB POSTING FOR DOCTRINAL FACULTY POSITION

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for one or more tenured or tenure-track faculty positions to begin with the 2022-23 academic year. We welcome applications from candidates with interests in any area of law, but we are particularly interested in candidates with a teaching interest in business organizations, energy law, environmental law, healthcare law, homeland security and national security, or secured transactions. We welcome candidates whose approaches in research will add to the scope and depth of our faculty scholarship.

Candidates should have an excellent academic background, demonstrated potential to be a productive scholar, a strong commitment to the practice of inclusion, and a strong commitment to becoming an engaged classroom teacher. Candidates must have a J.D. degree from an ABA- accredited law school and be licensed to practice law in one of the states or the District of Columbia.

Oklahoma City University School of Law is located in downtown Oklahoma City and is deeply engaged with the legal, business, and governmental communities. Oklahoma City has been named “American’s Most Livable Community” and is consistently ranked among the most affordable and prosperous cities, among the top cities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and among the best-run large cities.

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity. We strongly encourage applications from members of demographic groups underrepresented in the teaching and practice of law. For the university’s complete nondiscrimination policy, please see: https://www.okcu.edu/admin/hr/policies/general/nondiscrimination-policy-equity-resolution- process/nondiscrimination-policy/.

To apply, please submit a CV and job-talk paper to https://jobs.silkroad.com/OKCU/FacultyCareers?page=2. A cover letter that describes the candidate’s commitment to the practice of inclusion and includes examples would be helpful. If a candidate is selected for an interview, teaching evaluations will be requested, if available.

December 21, 2021 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 4, 2021

Help Wanted: Widener Law

Widener_University_SealWidener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania is seeking an entry-level or lateral tenure-track professor to teach contracts, a two-semester, five-credit course, beginning with the  2022-23 academic year.   For more information about the position and other needs of the law school, please see our position description here at or contact Professor Jill Family, Appointments Committee Chair at jefamily@widener.edu

October 4, 2021 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Campbell University's Norman A. Wiggins School of Law Seeks New Faculty to Teach Business and Commercial Law

I recently learned that it's always hump day at Campbell University

Campbell Camel
Here is the ad in brief:

Position Summary:

Campbell University School of Law invites individuals to apply for up to two open faculty positions. These tenured or tenure-track faculty positions are nine-month appointments that will begin in August 2022 at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor. We are seeking candidates to teach required courses in (1) business organizations as well as (2) commercial law (including sales law), and/or contracts. We prefer candidates who are also able to teach upper-level elective courses in business/transactional/planning. We are also interested in candidates who, in addition to teaching one or more of the required courses, are able to teach family law, health-care law, or professional responsibility. Candidates should exhibit strong teaching skills and be committed to maintaining an ongoing research effort. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, and colleagues is expected. Successful candidates should expect their annual course packages to include one or more required, large-enrollment courses.  All applicants should have excellent academic credentials and outstanding teaching reviews. We welcome applications from candidates whose background will contribute to excellence through institutional diversity. Cover letters must explain how the candidate is able and willing and able to support each of the five distinctives set forth below.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

Campbell University is informed and inspired by its Baptist heritage and three basic theological and biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community. Campbell University embraces the conviction that there is no conflict between the life of faith and the life of inquiry.

Located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Campbell University School of Law is a highly demanding, purposely small community of faculty and students whose aim, guided by transcendent values, is to develop lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the practice of law as a calling to serve others and to create a more just society.  To that end, the law school has adopted the following distinctives: (1) we offer an academic program that is highly demanding; (2) we bring together the theoretical and practical to produce thoughtful and talented lawyers; (3) we utilize the talents of a faculty that is profoundly committed to students and teaching; (4) we view the practice of law as a calling to serve others; and (5) we offer a Christian perspective on law and justice.

Full ad is here.

September 16, 2021 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 6, 2021

Syracuse University Needs Help with Contracts and Other Stuff

SyracuseSyracuse University College of Law invites applications from entry level and recently tenured lateral candidates for a position on the Law Faculty

Candidates should have an excellent academic record and should hold a JD degree from an accredited law school. Preferred post-JD experience and credentials include advanced degrees, judicial clerkships, relevant legal practice or similar experience. A demonstrated commitment to excellent classroom teaching and scholarship are required. A candidate’s ability to contribute to the diversity of the College of Law community is a preferred qualification for all positions.

Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Technology Law, Business and Commercial law, Contracts

The College of Law is seeking candidates with teaching and research interests in the following areas: artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, and technology law; contract law; and all areas of business and commercial law. Emerging technologies, including AI and autonomous systems, drones and driverless cars, wearable medical devices, the blockchain and cryptocurrency, and smart contracts are disrupting settled understandings of contract formation and enforcement, risk allocation, liability, and insurance. This hire will bring expertise at the intersection of these emerging technologies and insurance law, commercial transactions and contracts, and privacy law. Applicants should bring expertise, preferably through graduate training, in one or more of the listed emerging technologies. This hire will support two of the College of Law's signature programs: the Institute for National Security Law and Policy and the Innovation Law Center. The faculty hire will also be affiliated with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI), which centers on interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching related to the design, policy, and social implications of autonomous systems.

This position is part of an ambitious Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, and the Human-Technology Frontier and provides exciting opportunities for collaboration in teaching and research in an organized cluster that includes faculty in the School of Law, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Information Studies. Expectations for this appointment will include working collaboratively with faculty members in the cluster, contributing to enhancing student experience through mentoring research, and participation in cluster activities.

This is a tenure-track/tenured position. Candidates are expected to teach in both the residential law program and in our online JD interactive program. Candidates can expect to teach a first- year course or a core upper-division course, along with other courses as needed.

Interested applicants are encouraged to use the AALS submission process to apply but may alternatively send their resume and names of three references, including academic references who are able to assess the candidate’s potential as a legal academic, to Professor Kristen Barnes, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York 13244; email: gkbarnes@syr.edu. Syracuse University is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to September 20, 2021.

September 6, 2021 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Help Wanted: Loyola University New Orleans

Not exactly contracts, but if you take a nexus-of-contracts approach to business associations, it's certainly contract-adjacent (or you can follow Robert Anderson IV and read some other blog).

Loyola University New Orleans is now accepting applications for two tenure track or tenured faculty members to begin August 1, 2021. We are seeking candidates with expertise in the following substantive areas: (1) business and tax law; and (2) Louisiana civil law. We especially welcome applications from candidates who will add to the diversity of our educational community and who have demonstrated expertise in working with a diverse student body. J.D. or equivalent is required. For the civil law position, we also welcome applications from civil law scholars outside Louisiana. 

If you are interested in applying, please send your curriculum vitae and cover letter to resumes@loyno.edu. Inquiries may be sent to the Chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Bobby Harges at harges@loyno.edu

About the College of Law The College of Law is located in a largely residential area of New Orleans, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, with unique cuisine, numerous museums and historical sites, and a flourishing arts community. New Orleans is also the seat of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as other lower courts. The College of Law has a student population of approximately 500 students, over forty faculty members, active clinics that have spearheaded numerous social justice reform efforts, and summer programs in Europe and Central America. Its location in Louisiana, one of the world’s best known “mixed jurisdictions,” provides unique opportunities for comparative and international law scholarship. 

Loyola University New Orleans is an educational institution dedicated to fostering intellectual achievement, personal development, and social responsibility, and it is committed to the human dignity and worth of every person. Loyola University New Orleans strives to create and maintain a working and learning environment in which individuals are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. The University acknowledges and values individual differences, including, but not limited to, the dimensions of race; color; sex; national origin; age; religion; gender identity; transgender status; sexual orientation; ethnicity; disability status; and marital status and citizenship status. We recognize that diversity enriches our social interactions and intellectual lives, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals who will bring diversity to the College of Law. 

January 5, 2021 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Help Wanted: Dayton Law

Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law 

Apply nowJob No: 498365
Work Type: Faculty Full Time
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Faculty
Department: SoL Dean's Office - 230000
Advertised: 
Applications close: 

Position Summary: The University of Dayton School of Law invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in August 16 2021. Areas of particular need include contracts, secured transactions, business organizations, property, wills and trusts, and/or tax.
Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a J.D. or the equivalent degree from a foreign institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may possess all the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:
- An outstanding academic record;
- A record of publication;
- Prior successful experience in law teaching or the demonstrated potential to be an outstanding teacher;
- Potential to successfully mentor students from underrepresented groups;
-Demonstrated and successful experience working with people from diverse backgrounds;
- Relevant prior experience in law practice;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Effective interpersonal skills with various constituencies;
- Interest in and/or experience teaching contracts, secured transactions, business organizations, property, wills and trusts, and/or tax;
- An expressed willingness and enthusiasm to teach in and develop UDSL's hybrid online J.D. program;
- Willingness to engage with Catholic and Marianist educational values that promote inclusive excellence.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications should include a cover letter and CV and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted until second round interviews. Inquiries may be directed to the Faculty Recruitment and Development Committee at lawfacultyhiring@udayton.edu.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST

Closing Statement:

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels.  Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at http://www.udayton.edu/hr/employee_resources/dual_career_resources.php

December 22, 2020 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

LSU Law Seeks Faculty Members

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member in commercial law, including, but not limited to, bankruptcy. Applicants should have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials and publications or promise of productivity in legal scholarship, as well as a commitment to outstanding teaching.  

We additionally seek to hire a full-time faculty member with security of position to direct the Immigration Law Clinic as part of LSU Law’s Experiential Education Program. The Immigration Law Clinic is a fully in-house, one-semester, 5 credit clinic in which students represent non-citizens in their defensive proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and affirmative applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials, substantial experience in Immigration practice and be admitted and in good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction. Prior clinical teaching experience and fluency in Spanish is preferred. We may consider applications from persons who specialize in other areas as additional needs arise. 

We also seek to hire a full-time Assistant Professor of Professional Practice to teach legal analysis and writing. A successful candidate will teach the fundamentals of legal reasoning and writing by way of predictive and objective memoranda in the fall semester and advance those skills by teaching persuasive writing of an appellate brief and appellate oral advocacy in the spring semester. The legal writing faculty collaboratively develop the course materials that are used across the 1L curriculum. Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials, and should have at least two to three years of post-J.D. experience in a position or positions requiring substantial legal writing. 

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center of LSU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from female and minority candidates.         

Applications should include a letter of application, resume, references, and teaching evaluations (if available) to:  

Christina M. Sautter 
Chair, Faculty Appointments and Adjuncts Committee 
c/o Pam Hancock (or by email to phancock@lsu.edu
Paul M. Hebert Law Center 
Louisiana State University 
1 East Campus Drive 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-0106 

 

September 22, 2020 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Something Really Interesting Is Going on in Iowa

 

Iowa_law_school1It's not the Caucuses -- duh!

FACULTY POSITIONS

 

            THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAWanticipates hiring several tenured/tenure track faculty members and clinical faculty members (including a director for field placement program) over the coming year. Our goal is to find outstanding scholars and teachers who can extend the law school’s traditional strengths and intellectual breadth. We are interested in all persons of high academic achievement and promise with outstanding credentials. Appointment and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should send resumes, references, and descriptions of areas of interest to:  Faculty Appointments Committee, College of Law, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa  52242-1113.

            THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

August 17, 2015 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Contracts News that Hits Home

There but for fortune . . . .  I spent three happy years teaching in the history department at the College of Charleston.  Having studied in New York for nearly ten years, I never imagined myself living in the South, but Charleston is a charming city, and the College of Charleston was a gem when I was there, with a dedicated faculty of scholars and teachers and an unbelievably beautiful campus.  When I learned that Charleston was opening a law school, I was very tempted to apply for a position.

Charleston
Broad St., Charleston, by Khanrak

Charleston's Post & Courier reported on Monday that Charleston Law School (CLS) has terminated seven faculty members, including two tenured faculty members.  The two filed lawsuits in late June alleging breach of contract.  They are seeking an injunction that would allow them to retain their status as tenured professors while also enjoining the CLS's owners from making expenditures that might otherwise be used to pay them their salary.  The two fired professors were signatories of a letter published by 17 CLS faculty members in the Post & Courier in mid May.  I assume that they are alleging retaliatory firing in violation of the very thing tenure is designed to protect.  Certainly, the optics are bad.  A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for the end of the month. 

I have no doubt that, if I had decided to apply for a faculty position at Charleston and been hired there, I would have signed that letter.  And then I too might be experiencing the joy of having to file a lawsuit in order to keep my tenured position.  I do not know enough of the details to speak to the merits of the professors' claims, but my inclination it to root for them.

Stay tuned. 

July 8, 2015 in Commentary, Help Wanted, In the News, Law Schools, Recent Cases | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Call for Applications: Project on the Foundations of Private Law

Harvard Law School
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP, 2015-2017 

HLS

PURPOSE: The Project on the Foundations of Private Law is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to scholarly research in private law.   Applicants should be aspiring academic with a primary interest in one or more of property, contracts, torts, intellectual property, commercial law unjust enrichment, restitution, equity, and remedies. The Project welcomes applicants with a serious interest in legal structures and institutions, and welcomes a variety of perspectives, including economics, history, philosophy, and comparative law. The Fellowship is a postdoctoral program specifically designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from among recent graduates, young academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to spending two years at the Project pursuing publishable research that is likely to make a significant contribution to the field of private law, broadly conceived. More information on the Center can be found at: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/about/privatelaw/index.html.

PROGRAM: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Private Law are full-time, two-year residential appointments starting in the Fall of 2015. Fellows devote their full time to scholarly activities in furtherance of their individual research agendas. The Project does not impose teaching obligations on fellows, although fellows may teach a seminar on the subject of their research in the Spring of their second year. In addition to pursuing their research and writing, fellows are expected to attend and participate in research workshops on private law, and other events designated by the Project. Fellows are also expected to help plan and execute a small number of events during their fellowship, and to present their research in at least one of a variety of forums, including academic seminars, speaker panels, or conferences. The Project also relies on fellows to provide opportunities for interested students to consult with them about their areas of research, and to directly mentor its Student Fellows.  Finally, fellows will be expected to blog periodically (about twice per month) on our collaborative blog, which is under development.

STIPEND AND BENEFITS: Fellows have access to a wide range of resources offered by Harvard University. The Center provides each fellow with office space, library access, and a standard package of benefits for employee postdoctoral fellows at the Law School.  The annual stipend will be $50,000 per year.

ELIGIBILITY: By the start of the fellowship term, applicants must hold an advanced degree in law. The Center particularly encourages applications from those who intend to pursue careers as tenure-track law professors, but will consider any applicant who demonstrates an interest and ability to produce outstanding scholarship in private law and theory. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and probable significance of their research proposals, and by their record of academic and professional achievement. 

APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted starting December 15, 2014. Completed applications must be received at conner@law.harvard.edu by 9:00 a.m. on February 2, 2015. Please note that ALL application materials must be submitted electronically, and should include:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. PDFs of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
3. A Research Proposal of no more than 2,000 words describing the applicant’s area of research and writing plans. Research proposals should demonstrate that the applicant has an interesting and original idea about a research topic that seems sufficiently promising to develop further.
4. A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing and analytical abilities and ability to generate interesting, original ideas. This can be a draft rather than a publication.  Applicants who already have publications may also submit PDF copies of up to two additional published writings.
5. Three letters of recommendation, emailed directly from the recommender. Letter writers should be asked to comment not only on the applicant’s writing and analytical ability, but on his or her ability to generate new ideas and his or her commitment to pursue an intellectual enterprise in this area. To the extent feasible, letter writers should provide not just qualitative assessments but also ordinal rankings. For example, rather than just saying a candidate is “great,” it would be useful to have a statement about whether the candidate is (the best, in the top three, among the top 10%, etc.) among some defined set of persons (students they have taught, people they have worked with, etc.).

All application materials with the exception of letters of recommendation should be e-mailed by the applicant to conner@law.harvard.edu. Letters of Recommendation should be emailed directly from the recommender to the same address.

For questions or additional information, contact:

Bradford Conner, Coordinator, conner@law.harvard.edu.

December 16, 2014 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | TrackBack (0)