Visiting Instructor of Legal Research & Writing

Salem, Oregon, United States
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Job description

Posting Number: R0001258
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:

Willamette University is accepting applications for a full time position as a Visiting Instructor of Legal Research & Writing beginning in the fall of 2018.
This is a one-year, non-tenure track, visiting faculty position. Primary responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, most likely one section of Legal Research and Writing to first- and second-year law students. In addition, the visiting instructor will contribute as a valued team member to the advancement of the legal research and writing and bar preparation programs.

This position requires excellent legal research and writing skills, experience in law practice and/or law teaching, a passion for student success, and strong communication and counseling abilities.

Essential Functions:

The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following functions, which are not listed in any particular order of significance:

Teach one or two sections of Legal Research and Writing per semester, which includes providing classroom instruction, timely written feedback on assignments, and individual academic counseling on progress towards course learning objectives.

Teach one or two sections of Legal Analysis for the Bar per semester, which includes providing classroom instruction, timely written feedback on student assignments, and individual academic counseling on bar exam readiness.

Refine and/or develop and implement programming to assist students in passing the state bar exam.
Work closely with students in both the legal research and writing and bar preparation programs, while maintaining professionalism and appropriate demeanor that encourages learning.

Minimum Qualifications:

Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school required.
At least two years’ experience as a licensed attorney in the practice of law, which experience must have involved the preparation and editing of high-quality legal work product OR an equivalent combination of practice and/or experience.
Proficient in the use of a computer for word processing and electronic communication. Ability to learn and adapt quickly to new software.
Active membership in any state bar.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
A genuine enthusiasm for student success, and an ability to be empathetic towards students with academic challenges.
Excellent organizational and planning skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality on sensitive issues.
Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with staff, faculty, students and professionals in the community regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, ethnicity, job status, or other backgrounds.
Successfully clear background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

At least two years’ experience teaching legal research and writing in an ABA-accredited law school.
Demonstrated ability or history teaching students from diverse backgrounds.

This position is eligible for the University’s generous benefits package.

To learn more about the College of Law, visit http://willamette.edu/law/about/index.html

Additional information regarding the position may be obtained from the search committee chairperson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Norman Williams, who may be reached at normanw@willamette.edu .

Instructions for Applicants:

Please read the following carefully before beginning the online application process.

To be considered for employment at Willamette University, please complete our online employment application. Your application and all required attachments — listed at the bottom of the page — must be submitted for each individual job post that you are interested in applying for. If there is an application deadline, please ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline. Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit your application.

You will need to upload the listed documents separately as part of your online application in the “Resume/CV” section. Please be aware you will not be prompted to upload the following documents:

Application letter
Curriculum vitae
If teaching experience, prior teaching evaluations from students (Please upload as one document).
Contact information for three professional references (part of the online application).
Application Deadline: The successful candidate must be ready to start by August 15, 2018. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Please apply immediately.

How to apply

Apply online at https://willamette.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/willametteuniversityjobs/job/Salem-Campus/Visiting-Instructor-of-Legal-Resear ch—Writing_R0001258
Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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