Legal Skills Professor
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Legal Skills Professor
The University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth invites applications from persons interested in teaching Legal Skills I and II, courses in which students develop abilities in legal research, writing, analysis, and advocacy. Legal Skills I and II are part of the law school’s core first-year curriculum. Legal Skills Professors (designated “Full-Time Lecturers” under our collective bargaining agreement) may apply to teach a summer course for additional compensation subject to the law school’s curricular needs, and may apply for summer research stipends subject to the law school’s standard selection process. The position will begin in July 2021. Applicants must be available to teach in the day and evening/weekend divisions as needed.
The law school’s mission emphasizes public service and access to legal education. The law school seeks to prepare students to practice law in a competent and ethical manner while serving the community. We offer a robust legal education program that includes nine required credits of Legal Skills, including six in the first-year at credit hours equal to other first-year courses, an Upper-Level Writing Requirement, simulated practice courses, in-house and off-campus clinical programs, and a field placement program under the guidance of experienced practitioners.
Minimum qualifications: Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic credentials, and previous law teaching experience. Preferred qualifications: Applicants with experience teaching legal writing and demonstrated potential to produce scholarship.
To apply please submit your application package, which should include (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) the contact information for three professional references, (4) two anonymized samples of feedback on student work (if available), (5) a copy of prior student evaluations (if available), and (6) a writing sample.
Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment based visa sponsorship not available.
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
UMass Law is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups who will add diversity to the Law School Community.