Thursday, May 16, 2019
UCLA School of Law is seeking a full-time instructor with a background in legal research and writing to coordinate and teach in the LL.M. Legal Research and Writing program, which is designed for graduate law students who have a foreign law degree. This is a full-time, nine-month, academic, non-tenure track appointment as a Lecturer in Law (lecturer). The appointment will be effective July 1, 2019, with classes beginning August 14.
The lecturer will coordinate all aspects of the LL.M. LRW program including curriculum design, formative and summative assessment development, assistance with hiring of part-time LRW instructors and other aspects of the program to ensure an excellent, robust, and responsive legal research and writing program. The lecturer will teach up to four sections of LL.M. Legal Research and Writing each year. Each section is two units, graded on a pass/no pass basis and enrolls approximately 25 students. Currently the course is designed to develop skills needed by practicing lawyers, including legal research, writing and analysis and is taught through the clinical method with students learning through practice and feedback. Students are taught how to proficiently research client problems and analyze the law within the context of those problems. Students then focus on drafting objective memoranda and engage in other writing assignments. Excellent and extensive feedback on assignments is required. In addition to the class meetings, the lecturer is expected to hold regular office hours and meet with students to counsel them about their writing projects, career interests and other matters of academic or professional concern.
Depending on background, the lecturer will likely also teach one or two substantive law courses for LL.M. students, with the total number of semester teaching units not to exceed 16 per year, as well as engage in other duties expected of faculty on an as-needed basis, such as serving on faculty committees, assisting in a clinical course, or supervising student externships. The lecturer should also expect to collaborate with the Vice Deans and Associate Deans, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs and LL.M. Academic Support faculty on issues of curriculum and program planning, and collaborate with other legal research and writing instructors in developing assignments and coordinating due dates.
The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience but generally in a range of $80,000 to $90,000 per year.
A J.D. degree or foreign professional law degree is required. This position also requires evidence of past or potential ability for:
• Effective classroom teaching (including command of the subject matter, ability to organize and present material, and ability to awaken student interest, curiosity, creativity, and achievement).
• Effective and timely feedback on written assignments with extensive oral and written comments on student work product.
• Successfully coordinating a legal research and writing program including developing course materials for self and others teaching within the program
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) will host the International Law Weekend in New York City on October 10-12, 2019. The unifying theme for 2019 is "The Resilience of International Law." Here's what they're saying about the theme:
In recent years, the international legal system has been challenged at home and abroad. Growing nationalism, shifts in geo-political power, deepening economic inequality, climate change, and a global migration crisis have generated cracks in the established international order. These schisms have been exacerbated by other factors, including the power of private corporations over speech platforms and personal data and the rapid progression of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Even our discipline and profession are challenged with growing calls for inclusivity of diverse voices. Can the international legal system adapt to address these profound developments?
ILW 2019 addresses the resilience of international law. The conference will explore international law’s capacity to preserve the rule of law, promote both peace and justice, and maintain stability in the face of growing fault lines. The world is changing. ILW 2019 seeks to answer whether its theme—The Resilience of International Law—is a question or an affirmation.
Hat tip to ABILA Membership Officer Bethel M. Mandefro
Friday, May 10, 2019
The UCLA School of Law is accepting applications for instructors to teach one or two sections of the LL.M. legal research and writing course, or the first-year J.D. course, or other advanced writing courses. Openings are for the 2019-2020 academic year. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to start on or as soon as practical after July 1, 2019.