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
Visiting Assistant Professor Responsibilities:
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:
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
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
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.
M inimum Qualifications:
Applications accepted online only at
- 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
- Prior law school teaching experience preferred.
https://www.umaryland.edu/jobs/ (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
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.