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A lette of interest is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your C.V. The letter of interest should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Applicants should also provide a list of at least three references, and, for recent graduates, a law school transcript.  A writing sample or examples of teaching materials will be required later for candidates selected for interviews.  

Questions about the posting can be directed to Ted Becker, Director, Legal Practice Program, at tbecker@umich.edu or 734-763-6025.

Job Summary

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the JD and 40 in the LLM program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally.

Responsibilities*

The University of Michigan Law School seeks applicants for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Law to teach in our Legal Practice Program beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year as the result of the retirement of one of our current faculty members.

The professor would teach both semesters of our Legal Practice course sequence to two sections of students.  Legal Practice is a first-year, five-credit, two-semester series of courses that integrate legal analysis, research, writing, advocacy, and other aspects of the practice of law. Legal Practice faculty teach two sections, with each section meeting twice a week.  Each section typically has 21-23 students.  Faculty members generally have a similar number and scope of assignments, but have flexibility in designing the details of the course.  Upperclass students assist faculty teaching the Legal Practice course.

In the fall semester, Legal Practice professors introduce students to basic lawyering skills including how to read, analyze, and synthesize cases, and how to use cases to predict the likely outcome of disputes. Professors also teach students basic research and citation skills. Finally, professors teach students how to draft predictive memos, analyzing legal issues of increasing complexity. Professors review and provide extensive written feedback regarding students’ work and meet individually with students to review their progress. 

In the winter semester, Legal Practice Professors teach the same students, continuing to develop the research, analysis, and writing skills introduced during the fall semester. In addition, professors teach students how to frame persuasive arguments in a court brief, and how to present an oral argument. As in the fall, professors review and provide written feedback regarding students’ work, meet with students to discuss their progress.  Professors also attend their students’ oral arguments and introduce their students to additional legal skills, such as contract drafting and negotiation. 

We are particularly interested in professors with teaching experience in legal research and writing.    

The position is a twelve-month, non-tenure-track contract appointment.  The initial contract length is two years, potentially longer depending on teaching experience.  Professors are then eligible for additional contract renewals, which may culminate in successive three-year and then seven-year renewable contracts. Salary will be commensurate with experience and is competitive with similar positions at other law schools. 

Required Qualifications*

A J.D. is required.  Applicants must also have strong academic credentials, extensive legal research and writing experience, and excellent writing and oral communication skills.   The appointment is open to academics, practicing attorneys, judicial clerks, and other persons having at least three years of legal experience following graduation from law school. The ideal candidate will have prior teaching experience, but we encourage applications from all academically qualified individuals who are committed to legal teaching.  

Additional Information

At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. U-M is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.