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Lecturer in Law (Master's Degree Programs – Legal Analysis and Writing)

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer in Law (Master's Degree Programs – Legal Analysis and Writing)
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for an incoming Lecturer in legal writing is $119,000. If the Lecturer has prior experience teaching legal writing, a reasonable estimate is $125,000- $135,000.

Application Window

Open date: October 16, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 8, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

UCLA School of Law is seeking a full-time instructor to teach legal analysis, writing and research courses in our Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs. The M.L.S. program is designed for non-lawyer professionals who seek a deeper understanding of law. The LL.M. program is designed for international students who have already completed a foreign law degree and, in some cases, have significant legal practice experience. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2024, with classes beginning in mid-August.

The Lecturer will teach a combination of three different courses, each of which has an existing curriculum and materials: the LL.M Legal Analysis, Writing and Research course, the M.L.S. Legal Analysis and Communication course, and the M.L.S. Capstone Seminar. The first two courses focus on legal analytic and interpretive strategies and include reading and writing assignments designed for attorneys and non-attorneys. New lecturers work under the direction of the faculty coordinator of these programs. Students in the Capstone Seminar conduct an independent research project. The Lecturer will be expected to provide extensive feedback on students’ writing in these courses. Depending on the Lecturer’s background and interests as well as program needs, the Lecturer may also teach one law course for LL.M or M.L.S. students outside the legal analysis and writing programs.

The LL.M. courses will all be taught in-person. The M.L.S. courses will be conducted online (but synchronously) and often in the evenings.

The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. See UC Salary Table 15 at https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/july-2023-acad-salary-scales/t15.pdf for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for an incoming Lecturer in legal writing is $119,000. If the Lecturer has prior experience teaching legal writing, a reasonable estimate is $125,000- $135,000.

This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track, academic position. This position is represented by the University Council - American Federation of Teachers: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/ix/contract.html.

Minimum academic requirements include a J.D. or equivalent advanced degree from a U.S. school and an excellent academic record. The successful candidate will have extensive experience with legal research and legal writing. Experience teaching law or teaching writing is strongly preferred but not required. Candidates must have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and the desire to work with both international students who are not native English speakers and mid-career professionals who work full-time while pursuing their degrees.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08939 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, cv or resume, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references as well as a statement of contributions to diversity. Applicants with teaching experience should also include their teaching evaluations, a summary thereof, or other testimonials concerning their teaching experience.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

J.D. or equivalent advanced degree

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A letter discussing your interest, qualifications and/or experience.

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume - Your most recently updated C.V. or resume.

  • List of References - Names and contact information of at least three professional references.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Teaching Evaluations - Applicants with teaching experience should also include their teaching evaluations, a summary thereof, or other testimonials concerning their teaching experience.

    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08939

Help contact: spitz@law.ucla.edu

About UCLA

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA