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Professor of Legal Writing & Research

Apply now Posting #: 4932
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, School of Law

Position Title & Department:

 Professor of Legal Writing & Research
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Department Description:

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks in the top 20% (36th out of 204) among U.S. law schools in scholarly impact according to a 2018 study. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The University of San Diego School of Law invites applications for a Professor of Legal Writing position for the 2024-2025 academic year.  This Professor will teach up to two section(s), each semester, of the required first-year legal research, writing, and analysis course, Legal Writing and Research.  This position is a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position.  The Legal Writing and Research program seeks individuals who wish to work in a collaborative atmosphere with others who are committed to excellence in teaching.

The Professor’s primary responsibilities will include teaching classes, preparing assignments, critiquing assignments, meeting with students, and contributing to the Legal Writing and Research program.  Each legal writing faculty member is also responsible for all aspects of successful and timely course administration.  Professors teach in both the day and evening programs, depending on need.  Professors attend general faculty meetings and may serve on faculty committees. Professors are hired to work from August through May with the possibility of annual reappointment. After a successful first year, there is an expectation that the appointment will be renewed as a three-year appointment.  The salary range is $80,000-$90,000.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Applicants for the position must have a JD degree, admission to the bar in any state, a strong academic record, and excellent writing skills. Applicants should have at least three years of recent legal work experience post-JD graduation.  Experience teaching law students or attorneys is preferred. Familiarity with the use of AI in the legal setting is preferred.

Posting Salary:

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$6,666.67-$7,500/month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. 

Applications should include the following items: (1) cover letter discussing the applicant’s qualifications for the position and reasons for wanting to teach the Legal Writing and Research courses; (2) resume; (3) unofficial law school transcript with class rank; (4) a sample of the applicant’s legal writing (ten to thirty pages); and (5) names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three references.

Contact: For further information, please email lawdean@sandiego.edu.

If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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