USF Seeks Legal Writing Faculty

The School of Law at the University of San Francisco is seeking a full-time non-tenure track Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis Professor for the upcoming academic year. The faculty member guides first-year law students through their first foray into legal writing and research so they are best equipped to analyze and write and research about complex legal issues. The faculty member will teach two sections each semester comprised of approximately 20 students per class. During the fall semester, the professor will teach predictive writing and legal analysis. The spring semester will focus on persuasive writing, legal research, and oral advocacy. The spring semester culminates in a moot court event where alumni attorneys act as judges during oral arguments. The small class size fosters collaboration and allows faculty to adapt instruction to particular classroom needs and provide individualized feedback. This feedback is core to the school’s legal writing program. In addition, the professor may teach an additional class each semester as assigned by the Associate Dean or Dean.

Job Responsibilities

  • Effective teaching and classroom instruction, including delivering lectures and facilitating class discussions and exercises on legal analysis, writing, and legal research
  • Use formative assessment techniques in order to provide students with extensive feedback on their writing, research, analysis, citations, oral presentations, and understanding of course material
  • Observe regular office hours and be available to students during office hours and by appointment
  • Prepare course syllabi, practice assignments, handouts, midterms, final exams, and relevant course materials
  • Grade and evaluate students’ coursework and submit grades promptly by established deadlines
  • Advise students and provide mentorship on legal writing, professionalism, and academic, bar prep, and curricula issues
  • Supervise upper-level students to develop the spring moot court topic
  • Collaborate with other Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis faculty on research and writing assignments, curriculum development, events, meetings, and orientations
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Dean or Associate Dean

Minimum Requirements

  • JD obtained at an ABA-accredited law school

Additional Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • 2-5 years teaching experience preferred
  • Background in litigation, moot court, or other oral advocacy program
  • Excellent legal writing, editing, and research skills
  • Experience with or the ability to work with a diverse student body, faculty and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear constructive feedback to students with differing educational and social backgrounds
  • Member of the California Bar preferred

Additional Details & Application

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