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Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 78901

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 02/14/14


Working Title:
Legal Research and Writing Lecturer
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
J.D. degree with strong academic credentials.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
At least three years of law practice experience. Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work both independently and collegially as part of a team. Experience teaching legal writing and research is preferred.
Principal duties:

Legal-writing instructors are assigned to teach the required 3-credit-hour Legal Research and Writing courses, which simulate various aspects of law practice. The subjects include legal analysis and reasoning, legal research sources and strategy, predictive and persuasive legal writing, citation format, oral presentations, advocacy, and other lawyering skills. Instructors on occasion may also be expected to teach other skills courses or workshops and to carry additional student-advising duties.

Teachers develop their own course materials, including lesson plans, supplementary readings, in-class exercises, and more complex research and writing assignments. Materials and assignments must comply with the program's overall policies and guidelines. Teachers provide extensive critique of their students' research and writing projects and meet with students in individual conferences outside of class time. Teachers hold weekly office hours to address general questions and concerns.

In addition to fulfilling their teaching duties, instructors are expected to contribute to overall program goals and the life of the law school. Instructors work collaboratively with each other and with the director, who is responsible for the overall design, direction, and staffing of the program. Instructors are expected to attend training sessions and planning meetings and contribute ideas to improve skills instruction. They are expected to serve on law faculty committees and to participate in law school events.

This is a full-time, 12-month position, which may carry the title of Associate Lecturer, Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer. Teachers are expected to work full time at the law school during normal business hours throughout the year except on vacation and leave days. The appointment is renewable after an initial probation period. Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Department(s):LAW/LAW SCHOOL
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:JULY 01, 2014
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: MARCH 14, 2014
Application must be received by: Friday, March 14th, 2014.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names of at least two references. Refer to Position Vacancy Listing # 78901 in the letter.

Send applications to:

Mary Ann Polewski
Administrative Director
Legal Research and Writing Program
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison WI 53706-1399

Phone: 608-263-6327
Fax: 608-262-5485
Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #78901 to:
Mary Ann Polewski
Phone: 608-263-6327
975 Bascom Mall
Fax: N/A
4373 Law Building
Madison, WI 53706-1399
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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