UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SCHOOL OF LAW is hiring a Director of Legal Practice for its Legal Practice Program.
The University of Connecticut School of Law seeks candidates for the position of Director of Legal Practice (Clinical Professor of Law or Professor of Law) to direct and teach in its first- year Legal Practice Program (LP Program), commencing in the fall of 2024. The LP Program at UConn Law School is an integrated three-term, seven-credit program that provides experiential training in legal writing, legal research, negotiation, interviewing, counseling, and oral advocacy. The Director will have security of position under the School of Law’s policies for either tenure or long-term contracts.
We seek an experienced, innovative, and collaborative director to guide the LP Program, including developing curriculum, mentoring faculty, teaching, and interfacing with external and internal stakeholders. For the opportunity for tenure at hire, this person will have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor. We are especially interested in candidates who will add to the diversity of our faculty and community. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates with experiences, backgrounds, and viewpoints that will enrich the diversity of our institution.
UConn Law School is the top-ranked public law school in the Northeast, offering a professional education and scholarly environment of the highest quality. The School is committed to building and supporting a vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Its beautiful Gothic Revival campus is located in the West End of Hartford, a few miles from the state capitol and courts, as well as the headquarters of leading insurance companies and other major corporations. The School has both day and evening divisions and offers the JD (Juris Doctor) degree, LLM (Master of Laws) degrees, and the SJD (Doctor of Laws) degree, as well as several dual degree programs. The UConn Law faculty includes leading scholars, experienced practitioners, and internationally known experts in a wide range of fields. The Law School hosts four student journals, over forty student organizations, extensive clinical and public service for the surrounding communities, and one of the largest law libraries in the world.
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
- A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
- Excellent legal writing and communication skills.
- Three years of legal practice experience.
- Five years of experience teaching legal writing in a full-time law school position.
- Experience teaching other lawyering skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy; or experience training or mentoring lawyers in such skills.
- Tenure or a similarly secure long-term contract at another law school, or eligibility for tenure or a presumptively renewing long-term contract at the time of hire.
- Demonstrated interest in and involvement with the legal writing and lawyering skills education community and/or professional organizations related to teaching law, legal writing, or lawyering skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in legal education and/or the legal profession.
- Experience directing a legal research and writing program.
- Seven or more years of experience practicing and/or teaching the skills taught in the Legal Practice program, including legal writing, client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy.
This is a full-time appointment for a tenured-at-hire position or a position covered by the School of Law’s long-term-contract policy, which provides, upon the attainment of a presumptively-renewing long-term contract, security of position equivalent to tenure.
Applicants must meet University requirements for appointment at the rank of full Professor for tenured upon hire. Salary will be highly competitive and salary and rank will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience. Candidates should expect to work at the Law School located in Hartford, Connecticut.
Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/25375 and submit the following application materials:
- A letter of interest
- Curriculum vitae
- Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, approaches taken to foster effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
- Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
- Writing sample
- Recent teaching evaluations
- Contact information for three references
Any questions about application materials may be directed to the appointments committee chair, Minor Myers, at email@example.com. For questions about the UConn Law Legal Practice program, feel free to contact the Program’s interim director, Professor Jessica Rubin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence encompasses a commitment to building a culturally diverse community.
This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.
The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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