Thursday, July 25, 2019

Seattle Univeristy is Hiring

Seattle Univeristy School of LawSeattle University School of Law is currently accepting applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor of Law positions in the Legal Writing Program, beginning August 1, 2020.

Seattle University School of Law is an established leader in the field of legal writing. The law school founded the Legal Writing Institute, has hosted several national Legal Writing Institute summer conferences, and the faculty have published numerous books and articles relating to legal writing. As a result, U.S. News and World Report has regularly ranked Seattle University’s Legal Writing program as one of the top Legal Writing programs in the United States.

Seattle University School of Law’s Legal Writing program consists of three required semesters. In the first year, students take a six-credit, two-semester course entitled Legal Writing, Skills, and Values (LWSV). In this course, students learn the skills necessary for excellent legal writing, including legal reading, analysis, and synthesis; legal research and citation; and the principles of effective writing. In addition, LWSV familiarizes the students with fundamental lawyering skills such as client interviewing and counseling, fact development, and negotiation. These skills are taught in the context of drafting objective memoranda and client letters. Finally, the course incorporates discussions of professional identity as well the values of cultural competence and reflection. In the second year, students enroll in a one-semester course in which they learn the skills necessary for strong persuasive writing and oral advocacy. Students write a pre-trial motion brief and an appellate brief and present oral arguments in support of both these briefs. The successful candidates for the positions will be responsible for classroom teaching, individual meetings with students, and critiquing and grading student papers, as well as the scholarship and service obligations that accompany tenure-track status.

Our faculty, students, and staff at Seattle University School of Law form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The law school’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in our Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection, and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity, and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide variety of successful careers in law, business, and public service.

For more information about Seattle University’s Legal Writing Program, see

Minimum Qualifications: JD from an ABA-accredited institution, a strong academic record, excellent writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. In addition, the candidate should have two years of law practice or clerking experience. Prior experience teaching legal writing is preferred.

We will gladly consider both entry-level and lateral applicants. Lateral applicants are advised to include in their materials their record of publication and involvement in the national Legal Writing community.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,200 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Submit applications to To ensure full consideration, include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a writing sample. Questions about the search process should be directed to Professor Robert S. Chang,, Chair of the Hiring Committee. Review of applications will begin August 18, 2019.


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