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.