Adjunct Faculty: Legal Writing 2018-2019
Requisition Number FAC - 201000000246
Job Title Adjunct Faculty: Legal Writing 2018-2019
The UNT Dallas College of Law welcomes applications who are interested in teaching in the Legal Writing program in the academic year 2018-2019 as either:
1. Adjunct in the first-year writing curriculum
2. Adjunct in the upper-level writing curriculum
FIRST YEAR LEGAL WRITING CURRICULUM
At the College of Law, legal writing is deeply embedded in the law school curriculum from a student's first year through his or her third year of law school. Legal writing is a pivotal part of each entering student's first-year courses, as it comprises a total of five credit hours (separate and apart from an additional two-credit legal research course). During the first-year legal writing course, students fine-tune their grammar knowledge and writing style, while mastering the basic skills associated with objective and persuasive writing. The Director of Legal Writing, the Assistant Director of Legal Writing, and our Writing Resource Specialist, together with a team of highly successful practicing attorneys, jointly teach all first-year students UNT Dallas College of Law's unified writing curriculum. This team-based teaching approach allows students extensive one-on-one contact with full-time professors and practitioners, while ensuring that students receive extensive feedback and have abundant writing resources if extra help is needed.
UPPER LEVEL LEGAL WRITING CURRICULUM
At the College of Law, the legal writing curriculum does not culminate at the close of this five-credit first-year legal writing course. Instead, after the first year of law school, UNT Dallas College of Law students continue to develop additional legal writing skills in their doctrinal courses. For example, students who take Constitutional Law draft a graded, legal memorandum; students who take Business Associations draft a graded partnership agreement; and students who take Family Law draft and argue a protective order. At a minimum and as a curricular requirement for graduation, all students must draft eight graded written assignments in various upper-level courses after they complete their first year at the College of Law.
In addition to these regular writing assignments in doctrinal classes, UNT Dallas College of Law's legal writing curriculum culminates with a required, upper-level advanced writing course. These advanced writing coursescalled advanced writing practicumscombine the teaching of doctrine with the teaching of advanced writing skills in a practice-based context. These practicums vary in terms of the type of writing they teach and the substantive vehicle used to teach the writing, thereby allowing students to select their practicum to tailor the development of their writing skills to their future practice-plans. Some examples of practicums offered in the past include: contract drafting, motions drafting in the context of domestic violence, criminal motions drafting in the context of the Fourth Amendment, and appellate drafting.
The UNT Dallas College of Law is a new public law school whose inaugural class started in Fall 2014. The College of Law currently has, and plans to continue having, one full-time section of approximately 80-90 students, and one part-time evening division of between 40-60 students. For the near-term, each entering class will include a day section and an evening section of approximately these sizes.
The College of Law's goals are: (1) widening access to legal education for those who could be superb legal professionals but who cannot realistically access a legal education given factors including location, cost, and the current role of the LSAT in admission to and financing of law school; (2) providing an educational program focused on excellence in developing practice-related competencies, through a curriculum mapped to those competencies and using best instructional practices, including multiple formative and summative assessment throughout, engaged class design, and a spectrum of experiential education; (3) creating opportunity for our students by keeping tuition and debt low and producing graduates with high value and ability in multiple segments of the market for legal services; (4) becoming a national leader in advancing understanding of best legal education practices, of professional formation, and of the relationship between legal education and the evolving practice and business of law; (5) improving access to justice for underserved legal needs; and (6) serving as a valuable partner in civic engagement with the City of Dallas and the North Texas region.
NATURE OF POSITION AND APPOINTMENT
The appointments will be as Adjunct Faculty to teach one or possibly two courses in the 2018-2019 academic year.
AREAS OF TEACHING
Adjunct faculty members will be a critical part of the College of Law' learning community, and will be involved in curricular and co-curricular activities and programs relating to student learning and professional formation throughout law school.
Because the educational program will strive for excellence in developing practice-related competencies, adjunct faculty members will be expected to follow the instructional and curricular practices of the College of Law, including use of the Canvas Learning Management System, learning outcomes, multiple assessments, and research and writing modules within a course, as appropriate, with support from other faculty as well as research librarians. The College of Law will support adjunct faculty in these areas by providing training, course design expertise, and learning management system support.
The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.
The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:
Adjunct in first-year curriculum:
- J.D. degree
- Superb academic and professional qualifications
- Practice experience that is sufficiently extensive and high quality to be a foundation for teaching in the College of Law's educational program
- Demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in teaching and in guiding and mentoring as to professional formation of students
- Commitment to the goals of the College of Law and its curricular and instructional methods and goals
Adjunct in upper-level curriculum:
- In addition to what is required to be an adjunct in first-year curriculum listed above, applicants must have taught for at least one semester as an adjunct in the first-year curriculum.
Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.
Driving University Vehicle? No
As required to meet the academic schedule.
Substitution of Experience/Education No
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Candidates should submit the following:
- Cover letter indicating which class(es) candidate is interested teaching.
- References: Please list contact information for 3 references.
- Writing Sample (optional)
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- Cover Letter
- J.D./Juris Doctorate
- Curriculum Vitae
- Veteran Preference (DD-214)
- Writing sample