UCLA School of Law is seeking one or two instructors to teach two sections of the first-year J.D. course in Lawyering Skills. The opening is for the 2017-2018 academic year. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to start as soon as practical after July 1, 2017.
Lawyering Skills 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. Students also complete a variety of smaller projects, designed to reinforce the overarching lessons of the course.
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 requires 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 Lawyering Skills instructors in developing assignments and coordinating due dates.
- Supervise and train 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 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).
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 Friday, March 24, 2017 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02808 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.
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.