Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Northwestern School of Law cutting clinical faculty/Northwestern hiring a clinical law prof!

First there's this story from Law.com that Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law will be reducing staff, clinical, and non-tenure lecture positions through attrition and the non-renewal of some contracts to deal with a university wide budgetary shortfall that the law school's dean has characterized as a "challenging financial position." Law.com reports that Northwestern Dean Kimberly Yuracko has declined to disclose the size of the budgetary shortfall but confirmed that tenure and tenure track positions will not be impacted by the budget cuts. You can read the full story here.

Juxtaposed with that story is this job posting I saw tonight on the clinical listserv announcing that Northwestern is seeking to hire clinical law prof. Here are the details for that available job:

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Law in its Communication and Legal Reasoning (CLR) program. Northwestern Pritzker is an innovative, top-ranked institution that teaches students to meet the challenges of the complex, competitive, and changing legal and business worlds. Our students are academically exceptional and have strong interpersonal skills. Many students have substantial work experience.


Faculty in CLR generally teach Communication and Legal Reasoning, the first-year legal analysis, writing, and research course for JD students. On occasion, faculty members teach Common Law Reasoning, which is a required legal analysis and writing course for international LLM students, and other writing courses in the upper division of the JD program and in the Master of Science in Law program. Faculty members teaching CLR in the JD program teach approximately 30 students in one section for a full academic year.


We seek applications from candidates with excellent academic records, outstanding writing and editing skills, and experiences that demonstrate their potential for excellence in classroom teaching. A successful applicant must have a JD degree and strong experience as an attorney; we prefer those applicants who have at least three years of practice experience, as well as those who have prior teaching experience. We welcome applications from those who would add to the diversity of our faculty.


The initial appointment is for a one-year contract expected to begin in August 2019, with the potential for renewal to successive three-year contract terms that become renewable upon promotion to Clinical Associate Professor of Law. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to consider them through December 1 or until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume or CV via the link below.


Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:


  • Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below).
  • Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
  • All required fields in the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the “Submit” button.
  • Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.


Applications accepted here: https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/MzM5

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.



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