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Legal Research and Writing Instructor Positions for 2018-19 Academic Year

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Description

UCLA School of Law is accepting applications for instructors to teach advanced legal writing courses, one or two sections of the LL.M. legal research and writing course, or our first-year J.D. course. We anticipate hiring at least one full-time instructor with a background in public interest practice to teach two sections of the first-year J.D. course. Any openings are for the 2018-2019 academic year. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to start as soon as practical after July 1, 2018. Please indicate if you are most interested in teaching an advanced course or within our LL.M. or first year J.D. programs.

Teaching Advanced Legal Writing courses: UCLA Law seeks to strengthen the array of advanced legal writing (ALW) offerings to J.D. students in the second and third years. Building on the skills developed in the first year LRW program, students will deepen their understanding of legal reasoning, research and writing and will learn objective and persuasive writing through office memo drafting, trial and appellate brief writing and “review and revision” practice with transactional and litigation-related documents. ALW instructors may teach a section of a course already offered, or receive assistance in developing their own course and syllabus. ALW instructors typically teach one course/section of approximately 25 students. Students complete several major writing and research projects over the course of the semester, with the instructor providing extensive individualized written feedback along with individual meetings on each assignment. This is a part-time academic, non-tenure track appointment as a Lecturer in Law.

Teaching LL.M. Students: Legal Research, Writing and Analysis for LL.M.’s (LL.M LRW) is a semester long, 2-unit course that introduces international LL.M. students to the legal research, writing and analysis skills the needed by practicing lawyers in the U.S. Students focus on grammar and sentence structure, objective and persuasive argument, legal research methods, statutory interpretation and additional skills. LL.M. LRW instructors typically teach one or two sections of approximately 25 students. Students complete several major writing and research projects over the course of the year, with the instructor providing extensive individualized written feedback along with individual meetings on each assignment. This position may also require the supervision and training of second and third-year J.D. students who will assist the instructor with critiquing draft/ungraded writing assignments. This is a part-time academic, non-tenure track appointment as a Lecturer in Law.

Teaching First Year J.D. Students: Legal Research and Writing (LRW) is a year-long five-credit course, designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of legal reasoning, the structure of objective and persuasive arguments, legal research methods, statutory interpretation, and additional skills, such as oral advocacy, fact investigation, and client counseling. Candidates with a background in legal writing in public interest practice setting may be considered by the hiring committee to teach one regular LRW section as well as the section of the course designed expressly for students admitted to the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (“Epstein Program”). The mission of the Epstein Program is to educate, train, and nurture the next generation of visionary public interest lawyers. Each year, twenty-five students are admitted to UCLA School of Law to participate in the Epstein Program, which treats preparation for public interest practice as integral to the law school curriculum. The Epstein LRW section differs from other sections of LRW in that it teaches students enrolled in the Epstein Program and focuses on foundational lawyering skills necessary for success as a lawyer in a public interest setting. The course emphasizes the development of public interest leadership by fostering a safe and collaborative environment within the first-year curriculum to learn practice-oriented skills that will anchor and strengthen the public service careers of Epstein Program students. Candidates selected for an interview for the EPILP LRW section should be prepared to discuss how they will contribute to the EPILP and public interest communities both within and outside of the classroom. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Epstein Program faculty on issues of curriculum and program planning.

Within the LRW course, students also complete a variety of smaller projects, designed to reinforce the overarching lessons of the course. LRW instructors typically teach two sections of approximately 25 students. Each of the two sections will meet for approximately 90 minutes, twice a week, during the fall semester (approximately the third week of August until Thanksgiving) and the spring semester (mid-January through April). Most instructors find that their work grading and responding to students about grades continues through mid-June. Each section has approximately 25 students. In addition to the class meetings, instructors are expected to hold regular office hours and meet with students to counsel them about their writing projects, career interests and other matters of academic or professional concern. Students complete several major writing and research projects over the course of the year, with the instructor providing extensive individualized written feedback along with individual meetings on each assignment. This position also requires the supervision and training of second and third-year students who will assist the instructor with critiquing first drafts of the ungraded student writing and assignments. The candidate will also engage in other teaching duties such as assisting in a clinical course, teaching in the first year Introduction to Lawyer-Client relationship course or supervising student externships. This is a full-time academic, non-tenure track appointment as a Lecturer in Law. The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $90,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

All positions require evidence of past or potential ability for:
• Effective classroom teaching (including command of the subject matter, ability to organize and present material, and ability to awaken student interest, curiosity, creativity, and achievement).
• Effective and timely feedback on written assignments with extensive oral and written comments on student work product.
• Counseling of students on a wide range of professional and career topics.

The successful candidate should also expect to do the following:
• Collaborate with other legal research and writing instructors in developing assignments and coordinating due dates.

All candidates must hold a J.D. or equivalent degree. We seek candidates with an excellent academic record; substantial legal writing experience; a strong desire to teach; proven ability to provide constructive feedback; and at least 2 years of practice experience as an attorney in any jurisdiction (5 years preferred).

Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03602 by submitting pdf copies of a CV or resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Applicants with teaching experience should also include their teaching evaluations, a summary thereof, or other testimonials concerning their teaching experience.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Wednesday, May 23, 2018 or until the position is filled.

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 the UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA

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More information about this recruitment: https://law.ucla.edu/academics/curriculum/

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A letter discussing your interest, qualifications and/or experience. Please indicate if you are most interested in teaching an advanced course or within our LL.M. or first year J.D. programs.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • List of References - Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references

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

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
    (Optional)

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