Instructor in Legal Writing

Vanderbilt University Law School

Description

Vanderbilt Law School seeks law school graduates with superb academic and employment records to teach our Legal Writing course(s) starting in August 2022.  Position slots are available in the LL.M. legal research and writing program, contingent on enrollment-based teaching needs.  A successful applicant will be appointed as an Instructor in Law.  This initial semester (mid-August through December) appointment may be renewed on a yearly basis depending on curricular needs.  

Typical weekly duties for all instructors include:

  • 2 hours of in-class instruction plus 4-6 hours of corresponding preparation;
  • 2-4 hours of consultation with students; and
  • meeting with the other instructors and the Director of Legal Research and Writing.

A substantial portion of the instructor’s time during the semester is spent on reading and critiquing students’ writing.  The instructor must also hold individual conferences with students during particular weeks of the semester to discuss students’ work.  In addition, instructors may be required to assist with assignment preparation; this may include independent research, case review and analysis, and editing.

During the semester, an instructor position is approximately half-time and is not compatible with competing full-time employment.  Nor is it compatible with part-time work that would prevent instructors from complying with the course’s demanding schedule.

For a full description of the program, go to: https://law.vanderbilt.edu/academics/curriculum/legalwriting.php

Qualifications

Requirements include:

  • A J.D., a strong academic record, and useful employment experience;
  • Superb writing and editing skills;
  • Outstanding teaching potential;
  • Experience working with international students preferred for LL.M. positions; and
  • Eagerness and availability to work very closely with Vanderbilt Law School students.

Application Instructions

  • Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), transcripts, and a writing sample.
  • Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis until positions are filled or application window closes.