Monday, September 14, 2009

director opening at John Marshall, Chicago

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of the Lawyering Skills Program, a tenure-track or tenured position, beginning in the 2010-11 academic year.

The Lawyering Skills Program is a nationally-ranked legal research and writing program consisting of a four-semester, nine or ten credit-hour required sequence of courses, including: (1) Lawyering Skills I, a three-credit course in predictive analysis, writing, and research; (2) Lawyering Skills II, a three-credit course in oral and written advocacy and advanced research; (3) Lawyering Skills III, a one-credit intra-scholastic moot court competition; and (4) Lawyering Skills IV, a two- or three- credit drafting course in a number of fields, ranging from  general practice to various specialties, including patent, information technology, family law, employee benefits, and real estate.

In 1994, the Lawyering Skills Program was converted from a long-term contract program to a tenure-track program and is, therefore, a program of peers in which twelve full-time faculty partner with the Director to make programmatic decisions.  An Associate Director also assists the Director in selecting, training, and supervising a committed and experienced group of adjunct faculty to teach the advanced courses, to develop problems for some of the courses, and to administer all aspects of the courses.  In addition to administrative responsibilities, the Director will teach one section of approximately 15-25 Lawyering Skills students each semester.  The Director will also teach a doctrinal course each semester related to area of interest and curricular needs.

The Director will be expected to produce scholarship and to serve on faculty committees.  In addition, the Director of the Lawyering Skills Program is expected to be visible and active in the national legal writing community.  The John Marshall Law School seeks candidates who share its commitment to the discipline of legal writing, to innovative teaching and skills training, and to scholarship.

Successful candidates will be hired at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor depending upon prior experience and background.  Salary will also be commensurate with experience and background.  Applicants must have at least a J.D. or its equivalent, a distinguished academic record, and evidence of excellence as a legal writing teacher and as a scholar.  Applicants should send a letter of application and resume by October 10, 2009 to Professor Julie Spanbauer, Co-Chair, Selection and Appointments Committee, The John Marshall Law School, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604. 

ALWD/LWI required disclosures: The position advertised is a tenure-track appointment (programmatic tenure track). The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The Director of the Lawyering Skills Program is entitled to participate in faculty meetings and governance and to vote on all matters consistent with the rights of all tenure-track and tenured faculty. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the $90,000-100,000+ range. (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.) The salary will be dependent upon experience.  In addition to the annual salary, the successful candidates will be eligible to receive summer research stipends of $15,000.00 and a summer administrative stipend of 15,000.00, or may receive additional salary for teaching summer classes. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 30 or fewer. The Director of the Lawyering Skills Program can expect to teach a first-year section of approximately 15-25 Lawyering Skills students, and another doctrinal course each semester.

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