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Clinical Associate Professor

University of Kansas


Position Overview

This is a full-time, nine-month position, engaging in clinical teaching, service, and scholarship.

The primary responsibility of the position is to teach legal practice skills in the Law School’s first-year Lawyering Skills program. The professor will work collaboratively with other clinical faculty in the lawyering skills program to lay the essential foundation for students’ later success in upper-level required experiential, clinical coursework, and practice. This position forms an integral part of a skills-training program, which introduces first-year students to real world legal practice skills including legal writing, research, and analysis, as well as negotiation, mediation, and oral argument.

At least once per academic year, this professor also instructs students in upper-division legal writing courses; such as Writing for Law Practice or Contract Drafting. In lieu of this upper-division legal writing course, this professor may teach one section of a for-JD-credit, bar-preparation course.

This professor also participates actively in other aspects of the upper-division skills curriculum; including simulation courses, mock trial teams, moot court programs, transactional law meet teams, etc.

The clinical associate professor must employ active learning principles, use technology in the classroom, and develop other teaching methods designed to maximize student skills learning. Clinical teaching responsibilities require the instructor to review, to assess, and to provide feedback on a substantial amount of student work. The professor must conference with students outside the classroom.

The position is a clinical professor track position within the law school, which after probationary periods and reviews obtains job security provisions that comply with ABA Standard 405©. It is designated an unclassified academic staff position within the University’s system.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the School of Law including a diversity of scholarly approaches, and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see Women, minorities, and candidates who will contribute to the climate of diversity in the School of Law, including diversity of scholarly artistic approaches are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

Teaching and Professional Performance
First-Year and Upper-Division Legal Writing (65%)
Teaching responsibilities may vary depending upon the needs of the school, but typically include:
Teaching Lawyering Skills I & II in the falls and springs respectively, cumulatively 3 sections a year (this includes teaching in Lawyering Skills boot camps in May and August)
Teaching one section of an upper-level legal writing skills course; or one section of a for-JD-credit, bar preparation course
Review of student work and conferencing regularly with students outside of the classroom
Working with librarians to instruct students about legal research, including instruction in advanced legal research
Supervising teaching assistants

Skills Teaching and Advising (15%)
Teaching responsibilities may vary depending upon the needs of the school, but typically include:
Teaching seminars and workshops related to practice skills development, bar-passage success, or academic support
Teaching, coaching, or mentoring in skills competitions (e.g., moot court or transactional law meet) or active participation in upper-division skills classes (e.g., Deposition Skills Workshop or Due Diligence Workshop)

Service to the Law School, University and the Legal Community (10%)
Participate in programs, committees, or activities that further the professional development and academic success of the Law School and its students.

Research and Professional Development (10%)
Engage in activities that enhance scholarly, teaching, or professional performance. Activities could include: doctrinal scholarship, involvement in the legal writing academy or academy of academic support professionals, research and scholarship related to skills teaching pedagogy, development of teaching materials for clinical or skills instruction, presentations to the academy or to the bar, providing legal services, or engaging in service to the legal profession.

Required Qualifications

Applicant must possess a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school.
Applicant must be admitted to a bar of a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory.
Applicant must have at least 5 years of post J.D. legal experience, which may include legal practice, judicial clerkship, non-bar licensed professional experience in a "J.D. advantage" role, teaching fellowship or any such combination of comparable legal experience.

Contact Information to Applicants

Lou Mulligan
Associate Dean, Faculty and Professor of Law

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application includes the online application and a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research/teaching interests, and 4) the names of three professional references to include addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Applications will be kept confidential until candidates agree that references may be contacted.

Review of applications begins on 02/05/18 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

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