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Professor of Legal Writing

University of New Hampshire
New Hampshire, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Oct 29, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction
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Professor of Legal Writing

The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is an intimate, innovative law school, committed to developing students who enjoy challenging dialogue from the first moments of orientation, embrace practice-based learning, and stand ready to join the ranks of alumni who are global leaders in intellectual property, general practice, public interest and social justice, and commerce and technology. Our Legal Residency program allows students to work in their fields of interest for up to a full semester while receiving credit and our Daniel Webster Scholar program is the only practice-based bar exam alternative in the nation. Our faculty consists of practitioners experienced in their fields of interest. The small student/faculty ratio promotes collaboration and collegiality. Accredited by the American Bar Association, UNH Franklin Pierce is located in Concord, New Hampshire, home to the state’s legislature, state offices, as well as local, state and U.S. federal courts. Concord is just an hour’s drive from Boston, and we are located less than an hour from mountains, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire and the region can be found here:

Summary of Position

The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (UNH Franklin Pierce), a national leader in legal education with a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and quality engagement for all, seeks to hire two professors to teach in the JD Legal Writing Program to begin in August 2022. The candidate will be a full-time faculty member involved in teaching and faculty governance.

The position affords an opportunity to teach 1L law students in a two-term Legal Analysis and Writing class. The practice-based class focuses on foundational lawyering skills, including how to read and analyze cases. The fall term utilizes predictive memos of increasing complexity to introduce and teach skills. The spring term builds upon and reinforces the goals of the fall term, adding persuasive writing and oral argument. This position may also develop and teach upper-level writing classes as needed by the program. Faculty in this position are expected to embrace teaching both online and in-person and be familiar with both modalities.

 Essential Job Functions

  • Teaching legal writing courses to first-year JD students, both online and residential.
  • Attending to individual needs of students.
  • Collaborating with writing colleagues to work towards the overall improvement of the writing program.
  • Depending on institutional needs, teaching other courses within the candidate’s expertise and interest.
  • Participating in faculty governance, such as serving on law school committees.
  • Working well with faculty, staff, and students as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, sexual identity, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Job Information                                                

Cover letter should be addressed to Professor Roger Allan Ford, co-chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee. In your cover letter, please describe why you are interested in this position and what makes you a strong candidate in light of the required and preferred qualifications described above. In the required Diversity Statement, please address how you have contributed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your scholarship, teaching, and work. This position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Priority review date: November 19, 2021.

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications                               

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school and strong academic credentials, as well as substantial experience in practicing law and/or in teaching legal writing and professional skills.
  • Demonstrated skill at working collaboratively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong interest in all aspects of legal practice and the profession, and in mentoring students.
  • A commitment to promoting inclusive excellence and diversity.

Additional Preferred Qualifications                                 

  • Ability to use CANVAS, D2L, Brightspace, or other technology for delivery of online education.
  • Admission to a bar and legal practice experience.
  • Demonstrated professionalism in the bar.

Salary Information                                                                

  • Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Special Requirements

  • A background check will be required as a condition of employment.


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The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.

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