Full year Visiting Assistant Professor – Lawyering Program



The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, located in Baltimore, is currently accepting applications for full-time Visiting Assistant Professors for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters to teach in the first-year Lawyering Program.

The Lawyering course sequence provides students with a strong foundation in the analytical, oral and written communication, and professional skills essential in the legal profession. Consistent with Maryland Carey Law’s tradition of integrating doctrine, theory, and practice, the Lawyering curriculum places students in the role of attorneys in the context of simulated cases involving doctrinal subject matter from their other first-year courses. Next year, for example, visiting faculty members will gain experience in teaching core principles of contract law, civil and criminal procedure, and civil rights as part of the Lawyering curriculum.

All of the Lawyering sections use the same simulated case file to teach fundamental legal analysis and written communication skills in an integrated practice-based context. The topics covered in Lawyering I include: sources of law; analysis of case law and statutes; effective legal writing; client interviewing; fact investigation and case development; problem solving; and professional responsibility. Acting in a simulated attorney role, students prepare legal documents, with emphasis on client correspondence and legal memoranda that analyze the applicable law and recommend a strategic course of action.

Building upon the analytical, writing, and other lawyering skills learned in the first semester, the Spring Lawyering II course develops students’ persuasive written and oral advocacy skills by placing them in the role of an advocate in a simulated case. In the course of their representation, students research and analyze legal issues, develop a theory of the case, draft pleadings and persuasive briefs, and present oral arguments at mock hearings. Lawyering II introduces students to other practical lawyering skills, including negotiation and drafting of a settlement agreement resulting from the negotiation.

Law school campus: Maryland Carey law is advantageously located in downtown Baltimore near multiple courthouses, government agencies, prominent law and financial firms, major-league sports facilities, and nonprofit organizations. The law school campus also is easily accessible within the greater Washington DC-Baltimore metropolitan region, close to I-95 and only 40 minutes from Washington by Amtrak or commuter rail.

Visiting Assistant Professor Responsibilities: The successful applicant will teach Lawyering I in the Fall semester and Lawyering II in the Spring semester to approximately 30-35 students. In addition to teaching, the successful applicant will be expected to provide written feedback on student drafts throughout the semester and to hold individual conferences with students at least once during the semester. Visiting faculty members also are encouraged to participate in the law school’s vibrant academic community, including events and scholarly workshops.

Qualifications :

M inimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Teaching experience, preferably in legal analysis and writing, lawyering skills, first-year courses, or clinical courses.
  • Experience working as a judicial law clerk or as an attorney, excellent writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills are preferred.


Applications accepted online only at https://www.umaryland.edu/jobs/ (search “lawyering”).

Interested applicants should submit (a) cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) the names and telephone numbers of at least three references.

Questions about the position should be directed to the Director of the Lawyering Program, Professor Anne-Marie Carstens, acarstens@law.umaryland.edu .

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 7, 2021

START DATE: On or before August 1, 2021

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, for any part of the employment process, please contact us at HRJobs@umaryland.edu and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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