Director of Legal Writing

Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT in Illinois

Deadline January 24, 2014
Date Posted December 19, 2013
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Chicago-Kent College of Law is seeking outstanding applicants for the position of Director of its Legal Writing Program, one of the oldest and most distinguished in the nation. 


The Director will teach a section of Legal Writing I and II, and may also teach a doctrinal course in an area of interest.  In addition, the duties of the Director will include 1) training and supervising new first-year legal writing professors; 2) hiring, training and supervising legal writing Teaching Assistants; 3) facilitating pedagogical planning and design of the first-year research and writing course; 4) managing the first-year Legal Writing Programs budget; 4) coordinating first-year legal research training; 5) participating in first-year legal writing faculty hiring and retention; 6) reviewing course evaluations for all first year sections; 7) addressing student concerns related to the first-year course; and 8) collaborating with the Director of Experiential Learning to achieve continuity and instructional excellence across the legal writing curriculum. 


The Director will also be expected to promote curricular innovation, participate actively in the law school and legal writing communities, advocate on behalf of the Legal Writing Program internally, promote the Program externally, engage in legal writing or other types of scholarship, and support the scholarly activities of the legal writing faculty.


Applicants should have a distinguished academic record, at least five years of experience teaching legal writing, and strong leadership, administrative and interpersonal skills.  Supervisory or administrative experience is desirable, but not required. Chicago-Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.   


The Director will be hired at the rank of Associate Professor of Legal Writing or Professor of Legal Writing, depending on qualifications and experience.  The position is eligible for long-term renewable contracts that comply with ABA Standard 405(c) on security of position.


The review of applications will begin after Friday, January 24, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.  To apply, please address a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for at least three references to the attention of the search committee chair, Adrian Walters.  Please submit these materials via email to Nicole Lechuga,