Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

Penn State

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing


Penn State Law is seeking an experienced legal professional to teach Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I and II, a year-long required course for first-year J.D. students. The course is a total of 5 credits, and the faculty member will teach one section of approximately 35 students. Responsibilities include working with our Associate Dean of Legal Writing and department colleagues to implement our legal writing program, which covers objective and persuasive writing. This faculty member will also teach one three-credit upper-level writing course, to be determined in consultation with the Associate Dean of Legal Writing and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.


This position requires a J.D. degree from an accredited law school. Excellent analytical and writing skills are required. Five years or more of legal experience is highly desirable. Classroom teaching experience is also highly desirable, but not required. This position is a benefits-eligible, non-tenure track, limited-term academic appointment for three years beginning in the Fall 2022 semester, with the possibility of renewal. In addition, legal writing faculty have voting rights, except for tenure hiring and promotion decisions.


Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled; only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. As part of their application, candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, writing sample, a list of at least three references, and (for candidates who graduated in the last three years) a law school transcript. We encourage applications from candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our faculty. This includes, but is not limited to, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.


Specific inquiries should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Nicole Chong, Associate Dean and Professor for Legal Writing, at


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