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Semester Adjunct Legal Writing Lecturer

Santa Clara, CA
Part Time
Job #: R1215
Purpose -- The Legal Writing Department seeks to fill fixed-term Adjunct Lecturer positions for the 2021-2022 academic year. A successful candidate will teach one section of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, a four-unit first-year course.

Basic Qualifications --
  • J.D.
  • Strong legal analysis, writing, research, and oral presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to edit student work quickly and comprehensively.
  • A strong sense of service to the next generation of lawyers.

Preferred Qualifications --
  • Prior teaching experience.
  • Prior mentoring experience, including editing junior attorney work product.

Responsibilities --
  • Teach ~25 first-year law students the basics of legal writing. In the first semester, you will teach objective legal writing using short case files and a closed library of law. In the second semester, you will teach legal research and persuasive writing skills. In doing so, you will:
  • select case files to use;
  • present in-class lecture for 150 minutes per week for 12 weeks each term;
  • teach the basics of legal writing;
  • provide feedback on student writing;
  • prepare and grade a final exam at the end of each semester.

For Fall 2021 and possibly Spring 2021, a successful candidate for this position needs to be able to teach classes remotely (if necessary).

Fall classes run from Tuesday, August 17 – Friday, November 5. Spring classes run from Tuesday, January 11 – Friday, April 22.

Lectures take place twice a week for 75 minutes each. The classes are scheduled to take place on Tuesday / Friday each week. If the classes are offered in-person without socially distancing, classes are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. If the classes are offered in-person but with socially distancing, the classes will be scheduled for Tuesday and Friday afternoons. If the classes are offered online, there is more flexibility in scheduling.

To Apply -- Please upload a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample, and a list of three professional references.

Work Authorization:
Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.

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