Assistant or Associate Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy (9 mo-NTT)
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Director of Trial Advocacy in Cumberland’s highly ranked advocacy program. The non-tenure-track position is a 9-month appointment that will begin in August 2021.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy and other courses; participate in trial team selection, training, and coaching; handle administrative functions relating to the trial advocacy program and curriculum; advise the student-run Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board and provide guidance and training for the intramural competitions it oversees; and assist with marketing fundraising for the trial advocacy program. The candidate will be supervised by and will work with the Director of Advocacy Programs to develop and enhance the program.
Candidates must have outstanding academic credentials, including a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or equivalent degree. They also must exhibit strong teaching skills. Preferred candidates will have experience in private practice, government, or public service. Prior teaching experience is advantageous but not required. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, and colleagues is expected. Cumberland School of Law prides itself on its commitment to teaching and to ensuring not only the success of its students upon graduation but their recognition of the ethical obligations that flow from being an officer of the court and a servant of the community. The ideal candidate will thus demonstrate the ability and motivation to develop meaningful mentoring relationships with students both in and out of class.
Samford University (www.samford.edu) is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.
Samford University and the Cumberland School of Law embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2020 and applications will continue to be received until October 30, 2020. Application materials should include a letter of interest, curriculum vita, application for faculty position, and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications and experience. The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position.
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Subject: Law, Trial Advocacy
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