The University of Wisconsin Law School seeks an instructor to teach Legal Research & Writing (LRW) courses, beginning in fall 2021. This typically includes teaching two sections of our 3-credit-hour required LRW courses, which cover legal analysis and reasoning, research sources and strategy, predictive and persuasive writing, oral presentations, advocacy, and other related lawyering skills. The courses engage students in active learning and are designed to simulate law practice. Additionally, theinstructor may teach upper-level or other skills courses, as needed.
Legal Research & Writing instructors work collaboratively with colleagues, under the supervision of the program directors, who are responsible for the overall design, consistency, and direction of the program. Within the broad parameters of LRW program policies, instructors are expected to contribute their own ideas and innovative approaches to the legal writing classroom and develop their own course materials. This includes lesson plans, in-class exercises, and research and writing assignments. Instructors are expected to provide detailed critiques of students' research and writing projects, meet with students in individual conferences outside of class time, and hold weekly office hours to address general questions and concerns.
Instructors are expected to participate in training sessions and planning meetings and to contribute ideas to improve skills instruction and further program goals. Instructors participate in the life of the law school; they serve on, and chair, law school committees and vote on most matters at faculty meetings. Professional development, such as writing and presenting at conferences, is encouraged and supported.
At least three years of legal experience, including legal research and writing experience, are required. A current law license and teaching experience are preferred.Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, as well asinterpersonal skills. They must be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of an established team.
This is a full-time, 12-month, renewable position. Instructors are expected to work on campus during regular business hours throughout the year, except on vacation and leave days. The university plans to resume in-person instruction fully in fall 2021.
Interested persons must submit a cover letter, CV, three references, and a short (5-6 pages) writing sample by the consideration date, May 2, 2021. Applications must be via the university's website (Jobs at UW):www.jobs.wisc.edu under job #233178.
Additional Salary Information: Depending on qualifications and experience.
Internal Number: 233178-AS
About University of Wisconsin Law School
The University of Wisconsin Law School is located in the heart of the beautiful UW–Madison campus. It boasts a renowned faculty, an extensive curriculum and a dynamic student body. As part of a world-class university located in the state’s capital, the Law School also offers a wealth of experiences beyond its walls.
Our curriculum emphasizes the dynamics of the law—how the law relates to social change and to society as a whole—while at the same time stressing skills development. The Law School also has one of the largest clinical programs in the country. With a focus on skills-based learning, our students graduate practice-ready and prepared for success. Our faculty and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring varying experiences, views, and approaches to their teaching. They are inspired by the UW’s distinctive law-in-action approach, and they are committed to helping students develop into confident, successful lawyers. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison.