Adjunct Faculty: Legal Writing III, Fall 2019

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Requisition Number FAC - 201000000325
Job Title Adjunct Faculty: Legal Writing III, Fall 2019
Job Description
The UNT Dallas College of Law welcomes applications from experienced law school instructors who are interested in serving as an adjunct in the upper-level Legal Writing curriculum during Fall 2019.

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 practiceplans. 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 public law school in downtown Dallas with a fulltime day division and a part-time evening division. 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.

The appointment will be as Adjunct Faculty to teach a section of Legal Writing III in either the Day Division or the Evening Division. Specifically, Legal Writing III: Transactional Writing will meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:00-9:30am and Legal Writing III: Civil Motions and Legal Writing III: Appellate Advocacy will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:55-9:25pm.

NATURE OF POSITION AND APPOINTMENT

The appointment will be as Adjunct Faculty to teach one course in Fall 2019.

EXPECTATIONS

Adjunct faculty members are a critical part of the College of Law' learning community, and are 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 and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability,genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Applicants must have taught for at least one semester as an adjunct in the first-year curriculum.

Preferred Qualifications
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
Work Schedule

As required to meet the academic schedule.


Substitution of Experience/Education No
Start Date
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Candidates should submit the following:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter indicating which class(es) candidate is interested teaching.
  • References: Please list contact information for 3 references.
  • Writing Sample (optional)

Please note that the UNT-Dallas College of Law Director of Legal Writing will be contacted as an additional reference.


Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. Please specify source from above
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * Do you have a J.D. degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you taught for at least one semester as an adjunct in the first-year curriculum?
    • Yes
    • No



Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References
Optional Documents
  1. Writing sample

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Posted: 6/22/2019
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