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Legal Writing/Academic Support Instructor (38803)

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College of Law Faculty


College of Law Dean


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Overview :

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits our region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through our main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 areas of study while serving a diverse and international student body.

Situated within NIU, The College of Law has a rich history of distinction in legal education is rooted in access, diversity, and excellence in teaching. Student success is our top priority. Our charter is simple: We provide our students with a high-quality and affordable legal education. We want our students to realize the value of a legal education – how their training can help them professionally and how their preparation to practice law will allow them to positively impact the communities in which they live.

NIU College of Law is particularly proud to be routinely named a top law school nationally for diversity, value, and careers in public interest and government service. Our diversity enriches the classroom learning experience, strengthens our curriculum, and prepares our students for practice in a richly diverse region and nation. We will continue to cultivate this diversity, promote a culture of equity and inclusion, and support an environment in which all constituents of the law school feel valued and know they have a voice and opportunity to participate in the future of the law school.

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Position Summary:

NIU Law Legal Writing Program: The Legal Writing and Advocacy Course is a core course in the first and second-year curriculum at NIU Law. The four-credit, two-semester course is structured to help first and second-year law students acquire and refine the basic legal writing and analysis skills fundamental to the successful completion of law school and to the competent practice of law. As a secondary goal, students in Legal Writing and Advocacy may also be introduced to other skills and topics important to the practice of law, including oral communication of legal issues, interviewing and counseling, professional responsibility, and motion practice. In addition to, and in conjunction with the Legal Writing Program, NIU Law assists law students in achieving their greatest potential through the Academic Success Program (ASP). There are numerous components to ASP throughout the course of the students’ academic career at NIU Law that the Legal Writing/ASP Instructors are responsible for delivering.The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors, together with the Director of Legal Writing and the Director of Academic Success, are responsible for the delivery of the legal writing and academic success programs at NIU Law. The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors report to both directors. This is a ten-month position within the University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Teach the second half of the required Introduction to Legal Methods Course to first-year law students
  • Teach the required Legal Writing and Advocacy Course to first and second-year law students
  • Plan and develop legal writing and legal skills problems for these courses
  • Provide individual instruction to first-year students
  • Grade and comment on legal writing and legal skills assignments
  • Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of programs tailored to help
  • ASP students reach their full potential
  • Provide academic counseling to ASP students
  • Assist in the hiring, training, and oversight of upper-class students who serve as Graduate Assistants for ASP students
  • Assist in the planning and delivery of meetings geared toward developing general study and exam skills for the entire first-year class during the fall semester
  • Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of Bar programs for upper-level students and alumni
  • Assist in the continuing in-depth evaluation of both the legal writing and academic success programs and identify and implement program improvements
  • Other responsibilities that may become necessary as determined by the Deans and program directors

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • J.D. from an ABA accredited law school
  • Minimum of two years of teaching and/or practice experience
  • A valid license to practice law

Additional Requirements:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong academic credentials

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to work well within a coordinated program structure, background or training in counseling or educational theory
  • Ability to work with a diverse student population, and strong organizational skills.

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In Person Instruction

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Commensurate with experience and qualifications; position includes a robust benefits package.

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Commensurate with experience and qualifications; position includes a robust benefits package.

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Required application materials to be submitted:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Vision and Diversity Statement
  • Unofficial Transcript, with Official at Hire
  • List of at least 3 Professional References

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EEO Statement Summary:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) at [email protected].

Safety Information:

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report. Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.


Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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