Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing

Lexington, KY
Oct 05, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Kentucky College of Law invites applications for a full-time faculty position to teach in the law school's Legal Research and Writing program beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. A successful candidate will teach two or more courses in the Legal Research and Writing program, including at least one section of the legal research and writing course for first-year law students (approximately 20 students per section). The course for first-year law students is a year-long, four-credit course that introduces students to legal writing, analysis, and research. Law librarians teach the research component of the course, which is approximately 1 of the 4 credits. Thus, the new faculty member must be able to work collaboratively with other faculty involved in the Legal Research and Writing program.

The position offers an initial contract as Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing (non tenure eligible) for a term not to exceed three years. After the initial appointment period, the successful candidate will be eligible for a renewable, five-year appointment. The salary will be commensurate with experience. The appointment is a nine-month, academic year appointment. Faculty members in the Legal Research and Writing program receive a Faculty Development Allowance for expenses related to professional development efforts, including travel and registration expenses associated with academic conferences. They are also eligible to receive grants for summer research.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V. or resume, and writing sample. Please also include the names and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. This information may be used to solicit reference letters from your references within the employment system.

Applications will be accepted until December 22, 2017, and will be reviewed beginning January 2, 2018. For further information, please contact Scott R. Bauries, Chair of the Appointments Committee, at

Job Title
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
8K100:Law Instruction

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

Qualified candidates will have a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school

Required Related Experience

Qualified candidates will have a distinguished academic record, strong analytical, writing, and research skills, and substantial legal-practice experience.

Required License/ Registration/Certification



Candidates must also possess a commitment to students and to teaching in the legal writing field, which involves significant student interaction and evaluation of students' written work.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

A minimum of two years experience in substantial legal-practice is strongly preferred.

Deadline to Apply

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents