Capital University Law School is hiring a full time Professor of Legal Writing. A successful candidate will teach two courses in the Legal Research and Writing program each semester, including at least one section of the legal research and writing course for first-year law students. The legal research and writing course for first-year law students is a year-long, four-credit course that introduces students to the fundamentals of legal reasoning, legal research, and to key forms of legal writing, including objective memoranda of law, client opinion letters, and trial court motion practice briefs. The full range of legal research skills is introduced, including both print and online legal research skills in primary and secondary materials. Students are also taught oral advocacy skills. Day students enroll for 2 credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters, and evening students enroll for 1 credit hour in the fall, 2 credit hours in the spring, and 1 credit hour in the summer.
Following the first-year course, students have the opportunity to continue to develop their legal research, analysis and writing skills. A successful candidate will teach one of the following upper-level writing courses as part of their semester course load:
Legal Drafting Practicum (two credits): law school offers three drafting practicums focused on either transactional, criminal, or general civil litigation. The curriculum in each practicum integrates theory with practice and exposes students to the types of documents frequently prepared in that practice area. All drafting practicums include instruction on the Multistate Performance Test portion of the Bar exam. The courses are taught in small sections of 25 students. Students must completed a legal drafting practicum in their last year of law school.
Appellate Advocacy (two credits): focuses on appellate practice, preparing briefs and oral argument.
The position is a full-time non-tenure-track faculty position. Under the Law School’s personnel procedures, a full-time non-tenure-track faculty member such as a legal writing professor is initially considered for reappointment on a yearly basis. A legal writing professor is first eligible to be considered for a long-term renewable contract in the faculty member’s fourth-year of full-time teaching at Capital. Legal writing faculty are permitted to vote in faculty meetings except for appointment, reappointment, tenure and promotion actions for tenured-track faculty.
Legal writing faculty are expected to work full time at the law school during normal business hours throughout the year except on vacation and leave days. Candidates must be available to teach both day and evening-division students.
Legal writing faculty 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. They provide extensive critique of their students’ research and writing projects and meet with students in individual conferences outside of class time. They also hold weekly office hours to address general questions and concerns.
Capital University is committed to increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum. This commitment includes Capital’s dedication to the development of faculty and staff who are committed to inclusive practices in teaching, learning, working and all other campus and community interactions. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree and strong academic credentials, as well as at least three years of law practice experience. Applicants also must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work both independently and collegially as part of a team.
Application Process: Interested candidates should send: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) names and addresses of three references, and 3) a letter of interest.
Please send application materials to Debbie Scott, Executive Assistant, Capital University Law School, 303 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 or via e-mail DScott2@law.capital.edu .
Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, family education benefits, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance and free parking.
For more information on Capital University, visit our website at www.capital.edu.
Capital University is an equal opportunity employer, and supports a diverse and inclusive campus community. Capital University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by the law.
About Capital University
Capital University leverages the timeless advantages of the liberal arts core education and the focused development of specialized skills and experience from rigorous professional programs. Capital is a mid-size, comprehensive, private university whose community values of diversity and free inquiry are strongly supported within the Lutheran tradition of higher education. It serves a diverse student body of nearly 3,400, delivering undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, including graduate degrees in law, nursing, business, music and education.