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Visiting Assistant Professor for Donald Gaines Murray Teaching Fellowship in Lawyering Program

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, located in Baltimore, seeks applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track position as Visiting Assistant Professor and Donald Gaines Murray Teaching Fellow to teach in our innovative first-year Lawyering Program. The position is envisioned as a two-year commitment. An attorney selected for the fellowship will jointly hold the titles of Donald Gaines Murray Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor for an initial one-year appointment, beginning July 1, 2023, with the expectation of reappointment for a second year based on satisfactory performance and the possibility of reappointment for a third year.

The Murray Teaching Fellowship is designed to provide teaching experience and scholarly mentorship for accomplished law school graduates with legal practice experience who are interested in entering legal academia. The program is named for Donald Gaines Murray, who became the law school’s first Black graduate since 1889, when the law school adopted a policy of racial segregation. In a case argued by Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston, first general counsel of the NAACP, Mr. Murray had successfully sued to abolish racial segregation at the school in the case Pearson v. Murray, 169 Md. 478 (1936). Mr. Murray went on to be a successful appellate lawyer, arguing many civil rights cases for the NAACP.

The Lawyering Curriculum

The Lawyering program forms an integral part of the first-year JD curriculum and gives students a strong foundation in the lawyering skills essential to practicing in today’s legal profession. In the Lawyering program, students act in the role of attorneys engaged in simulated cases that incorporate topics drawn from other foundational law school courses. They review case files, develop a factual record, interact with simulated clients, lawyers, and judges, and present effective legal analyses in a variety of formats, including privileged internal documents, professional communications, and formal court submissions and oral arguments. By participating in this simulation-based program, students not only learn critical lawyering skills but develop their understanding of legal doctrines, principles, and theories underlying the practice of law, consistent with Maryland Carey Law’s tradition of integrating doctrine, theory, and practice.

All first-year students enroll in Lawyering I in the fall semester and Lawyering II in the spring semester, and all Lawyering sections use the same simulated case files. During the fall semester, students focus primarily on objective (predictive) analysis. Students prepare legal office memoranda that analyze key legal issues. In addition, they gain exposure to several corresponding lawyering skills that may include drafting client letters and professional emails, conducting a client interview, and drafting or revising contracts. In the spring semester, students shift focus from objective analysis to persuasive argumentation (advocacy). Students continue developing their legal analytical skills but adapt their analysis for adversarial documents filed with a court, such memoranda supporting trial court motions and appellate court briefs. The first-year program culminates with mock appellate oral arguments.

Visiting Assistant Professor Responsibilities: The successful applicant will teach Lawyering I (3 credits) in the Fall semester and Lawyering II (3 credits) in the Spring semester to approximately 30 students each semester. In addition to course design, class preparation, and teaching, the successful applicants will be expected to provide extensive written feedback on student drafts throughout the semester and to hold individual conferences with students at least once during the semester.

Teaching and Scholarship Mentorship: Lawyering Murray Fellows receive mentorship for their teaching and scholarship, to prepare for potential careers in legal academia. Murray Fellows actively participate in Maryland Carey Law’s junior faculty workshop, where they present and receive feedback on their scholarship and provide feedback to other fellows and early career legal scholars. In addition, Murray Fellows participate in the law school’s vibrant academic community, including events and scholarly workshops.

Murray Fellows have access to the resources of the law school’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library for teaching and scholarly support, may hire a student research assistant to assist with scholarship, and have support for conference registration and travel up to $2,000.

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.

Qualifications :

M inimum Qualifications:
  • J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • At least three years of legal practice experience, one of which may include a judicial clerkship.
  • Excellent legal writing skills and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Prior law school teaching experience preferred.
Applications accepted online only at (search “lawyering”).

Interested applicants should submit (a) cover letter, (b) resume with three listed references, (c) teaching evaluations; (d) a writing sample, which has not been materially edited by a third party and which can be a scholarly publication or a substantial legal practice document, such as a brief; and (e) a scholarly agenda.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 24, 2023, though applications will be considered on a rolling basis and remain open until filled

START DATE: July 1, 2023

Salary will be $75,000 per year, plus benefits, with conference travel and registration support up to $2,000.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is committed to a culture that is enriched by diversity, in the broadest sense. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution, UMB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity or expression, marital status or veteran's status in recruitment, hiring, compensation, training or promotion of employees and applicants for employment at all job levels.

Maryland Carey Law is committed to providing opportunities to individuals underrepresented in the legal academy. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Join our diverse workforce and help us make a difference in our community and the world.

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