Adjunct Faculty: Legal Writing III Fall 2021

Job description

UNT System Overview:

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Posting Title:

Adjunct Faculty: Legal Writing III Fall 2021

Department:

DAL-CoL-Academic Affairs-517200

Job Location:

Downtown Dallas

Full Time/Part Time:

Part-Time

Salary Information:

Salary commensurate with experience

Department Summary:

The UNT Dallas College of Law welcomes applications from experienced lawyers, judges, and law school instructors who are interested in serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Legal Writing curriculum during the Fall of 2021.
The UNT Dallas College of Law is a public law school in downtown Dallas with a full-time 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, in the Fall of 2021 semester, to teach one section of Legal Writing III (LW III) in the Day Division. The anticipated scheduling of the courses will be on Monday and Wednesday, 8:00-9:30am, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Position Summary:

NATURE OF POSITION AND APPOINTMENT

The appointments will be as Adjunct Faculty to teach one of the following sections of LW III in the Fall 2021 semester: Civil Motions, Criminal Motions, From Bar to Practice Readiness, and Transactional Drafting. There are four openings and the sections of the course that will be offered will depend on the adjunct faculty member who is hired.
All LW III adjunct faculty will be expected to evaluate student performance using a standardized rubric and all LW III students must complete writing assignments that add up to at least 25 pages and complete a midterm exam in the form of a Multistate Performance Test, similar to what students will be expected to write on the Uniform Bar Exam.

The UNT Dallas College of Law welcomes applications from experienced lawyers, judges, and law school instructors who are interested in serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Legal Writing curriculum during the Fall of 2021.
The UNT Dallas College of Law is a public law school in downtown Dallas with a full-time 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, in the Fall of 2021 semester, to teach one section of Legal Writing III (LW III) in the Day Division. The anticipated scheduling of the courses will be on Monday and Wednesday, 8:00-9:30am, except in extraordinary circumstances.

AREAS OF TEACHING
See above.

EXPECTATIONS
Adjunct faculty members are a critical part of the College of Law’s learning community, and they will be involved in curricular and co-curricular activities and programs relating to student learning and professional formation throughout law school.
All LW III adjunct faculty will be expected to evaluate student performance using a standardized rubric and all LW III students must complete writing assignments (and opportunities for rewriting at least some of the assignments) that add up to at least 25 pages of total work. In addition, all LW III students must complete a midterm exam in the form of a Multistate Performance Test (MPT), similar to what students will be expected to write on the Uniform Bar Exam.
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.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

•J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school;
•Excellent academic and professional qualifications;
•Five or more years of 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; and
•Applicants must have taught for at least one semester as an Adjunct Faculty Assistant in the first-year Legal Writing curriculum at the UNT Dallas College of Law.

Work Schedule:

As required to meet the academic schedule.

Driving University Vehicle:

No

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

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.

Physical Requirements:

Lifting up to 10 pounds, Sitting, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Talk or Hear

Posting Number:

A356P

Position End Date (if temporary):

01/05/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Start date: 8/15/2021

Candidates should submit the following:
•Resume or Curriculum Vita
•Cover letter indicating which section of
LW III the candidate is interested
teaching.
•References: Please list contact
information for 2 references. Be advised
that UNT Dallas College of Law
Professor Christine Tamer, Director of
Legal Writing, will also be contacted as
an additional reference.
•Writing Sample (optional)

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https://jobs.untsystem.edu/postings/44590

 

 

 

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Posted: 4/10/2021
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