Assistant Professor of Law

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Posting Information

Posting Information


Department School of Government - Historical
Posting Open Date 04/21/2023
Application Deadline  
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Assistant Professor Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence
Appointment Type Open Rank
Vacancy ID FAC0004499
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range  
Proposed Start Date 07/01/2023
Position Information


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The work of the School of Government is rooted in the public service mission of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our faculty and staff create and engage in innovative scholarship designed to help public officials and citizens understand and improve local government. Each year, we teach, advise, and support thousands of public officials from all 100 counties in North Carolina and beyond. We are also home to a top-ranked Master of Public Administration program and cutting-edge initiatives working on today’s most pressing challenges in government.

The School is dedicated to making a difference for our communities, counties, state, and country. This begins with upholding a supportive and collaborative work environment where employees can focus on our public service mission and do their best work every day. Learn more about our unmatched statewide impact at

Position Summary

The School seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor who will specialize in criminal law and procedure and evidence with a focus on issues of importance to defense counsel. The selected candidate will serve as one of the School’s primary contacts and instructors for public defenders and court-appointed counsel, providing support for the public defense education work of the School. The selected candidate also will advise, write, and teach other public officials involved in the North Carolina criminal justice system, including judges and magistrates.

Teaching. The selected candidate will have significant responsibilities for teaching and curriculum planning in Public Defense Education programs, including the Misdemeanor Defender School, New Felony Defender School, and Annual Public Defender Conference. The selected candidate also will teach in programs for magistrates and district and superior court judges, including orientation programs, biannual conferences, and Judicial College courses.

Advising. The selected candidate will advise public defenders, court-appointed counsel, and judicial officials regarding criminal law and procedure and evidentiary issues.

Scholarship. The selected candidate will produce scholarship in the areas of criminal law and procedure and evidence. This may include manual chapters, articles, and legal references. The position also will be expected to contribute to the North Carolina Criminal Law Blog, a resource for practitioners as well as an outlet for scholarly research.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

J.D., excellent writing skills, strong academic performance, and a demonstrated commitment to public service required.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Three or more years of legal experience working with the North Carolina court system on criminal law issues.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements  
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions
Start date is negotiable based on the selected candidate’s availability
Selected Candidate must provide 4-5 reference letters 
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Department Contact Information


Department Contact Name and Title Danielle Bass, Assistant Dean for Human Resources
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information
If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing/research Sample
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *What is your highest degree?
    • PhD
    • MD
    • PharmD
    • DDS
    • DVM
    • JD
    • MLS/MIS
    • Masters
    • Other
  2. *This school serves the full complement of citizens of this state, and beyond. How might you approach building a culture and community within the school to effectively and equitably engage students, faculty, staff, citizens, elected officials, and other stakeholders who hail from across the state and beyond?

    (Open Ended Question)