Legal Research and Writing Lecturer

University of Wisconsin Law School in Wisconsin

Deadline March 14, 2014
Date Posted February 18, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary 60000-90000
Employment Type Full-time

Degree and area of specialization:
J.D. degree with strong academic credentials.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
At least three years of law practice experience. Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work both independently and collegially as part of a team. Experience teaching legal writing and research is preferred.

Principal duties:
Legal-writing instructors are assigned to teach the required 3-credit-hour Legal Research and Writing courses, which simulate various aspects of law practice. The subjects include
legal analysis and reasoning, legal research sources and strategy, predictive and persuasive legal writing, citation format, oral presentations, advocacy, and other lawyering skills.
Instructors on occasion may also be expected to teach other skills courses or workshops and to carry additional student-advising duties.

Teachers develop their own course materials, including lesson plans, supplementary readings, in-class exercises, and more complex research and writing assignments. Materials and assignments must comply with the program's overall policies and guidelines. Teachers provide extensive critique of their students' research and writing projects and meet with students in individual conferences outside of class time. Teachers hold weekly office hours to address general questions and concerns.

In addition to fulfilling their teaching duties, instructors are expected to contribute to overall program goals and the life of the law school. Instructors work collaboratively with each other and with the director, who is responsible for the overall design, direction, and staffing of the program. Instructors are expected to attend training sessions and planning meetings and contribute ideas to improve skills instruction. They are expected to serve on law faculty committees and to participate in law school events.

This is a full-time, 12-month position, which may carry the title of Associate Lecturer, Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer. Teachers are expected to work full time at the law school during normal business hours throughout the year except on vacation and leave days. The appointment is renewable after an initial probation period. Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

Application must be received by: Friday, March 14th, 2014.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names of at least two references. Refer to Position Vacancy Listing # 78901 in the letter.

Send applications to:
Mary Ann Polewski
Administrative Director
Legal Research and Writing Program
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison WI 53706-1399
Phone: 608-263-6327
Fax: 608-262-5485

More information can be found at:

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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