The University of Minnesota Law School welcomes applications for
appointment to the position of Director of Legal Research
and Writing (the Director) to oversee the Law School’s
Legal Research and Writing Program for first-year students (the
Program). The Director holds the rank of Associate Clinical
Professor of Law and will be eligible for a continuous appointment
to the rank of Clinical Professor of Law. We anticipate this
individual starting employment no later than July 2022.
Description of the Program:
All first-year students take Legal Research and Writing, which
currently is a four-credit course taught over the course of two
semesters and graded on an Honors/Pass/Fail basis. The
writing component of the course is taught in small sections by
two-person teams consisting of a practicing attorney and an
upper-division (2L or 3L) student instructor. The attorney
teaches the weekly class sessions, the student holds weekly office
hours, and both instructors read and comment upon all written
assignments. All instructors follow a common syllabus and set of
lesson plans developed by the Director. The research
component of the course is taught by our reference librarians in
coordination with the Director. The Program culminates in the
spring semester with an oral advocacy competition.
Responsibilities of the Director Relating to the Program
Hiring, training, and supervising
attorney instructors and upper-division student instructors.
Designing the curriculum for the
Program, including the syllabus, lesson plans, assignments, and
Developing pre-law curriculum for
incoming 1Ls and teaching at 1L orientation.
Planning and coordinating legal
research instruction with the Law Library staff.
Teaching at least one section in the
Overseeing grading for the Program
with an eye toward ensuring the consistent application of
evaluation criteria across all sections.
Integrating a yearly Minnesota
Supreme Court case, oral argument, and Law School visit into the
Overseeing the Program’s 1L oral
advocacy and best brief competitions.
Reviewing the current Program
structure and curriculum and recommending and designing changes in
consultation with the Assistant Dean for Experiential
Additional Responsibilities of the Director
Teaching and/or coaching in the
second-year moot court (appellate advocacy) program in coordination
with the Director of Appellate Advocacy.
Working with the Director of Academic
Success to provide additional support for students who would
benefit from supplemental instruction and feedback on their legal
Helping oversee the William E. McGee
National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition.
Other general clinical faculty
responsibilities, including serving on law school committees,
advising on law student journal notes, and serving as a 1L faculty
Teaching courses in the general
curriculum (subject to interest and curricular need).
Contributing to the development of
the legal writing field and legal education.
The salary of the Director will be commensurate with experience.
At a minimum, candidates must possess a J.D. degree from an
ABA-accredited law school, bar admission, and demonstrated writing
ability. Desired qualifications include (1) teaching
experience, (2) law practice experience, and (3) administrative
The deadline for applications is May
18, 2022. Applications should include a cover letter,
curriculum vitae, and list of at least three (3) professional
references who can attest to an applicant’s teaching ability and
potential for future teaching excellence.
To apply, go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs
and reference job number 347493. Candidates,
including people of color and women, are strongly encouraged to
apply. Applications will only be accepted through the
University of Minnesota online employment system.