Legal Writing Lecturer - School of Law

Recruiter
Boston University
Location
Boston , Massachusetts, United States
Posted
16 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Apr 2017
Ref
9767/C1517
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

Tracking Code 9767/C1517

Job Description

Boston University School of Law is seeking part-time lecturers to legal writing classes during the 2017-18 academic year. Applicants must have outstanding academic records and substantial experience in legal research and writing.  In addition, applicants should have at least two years work experience as an attorney.  Instructors are needed for the following courses:

Legal Writing for Civil Litigation (three credits): This class is designed to give students a variety of legal writing experiences, all related to civil litigation. Students will draft a variety of documents, including discovery-related documents, pleadings, and motions. Students will complete multiple drafts of these documents, meet individually with the instructor to discuss the drafts, and engage in peer editing of their classmates' papers. Students will work with a single fact pattern throughout the semester, and will conduct extensive research as part of the course. In class, students will discuss litigation strategy, research skills and ethical and professional concerns. In addition, the class will also include in-class writing exercises designed to improve the students' writing skills.

Persuasive Writing (three credits): This seminar will focus on improving students' persuasive writing skills through a series of assignments and in-class exercises. Students will draft a variety of documents designed to persuade, including a statement of the facts and memos in support of motions. Some legal research will be necessary for these assignments, but the emphasis will be on writing, not on research. Students will complete multiple drafts of these documents, meet individually with the instructor to discuss the drafts, and engage in peer editing of their classmates' papers to improve their own writing skills. The class will also include discussions of persuasive writing strategies, comparisons of examples of good and bad persuasive writing, and in-class writing exercises. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work, their peer editing work, and on their classroom participation.

Required Skills

Boston University School of Law is committed to faculty diversity and welcomes expressions of interest from diverse applicants.  Applicants must submit a resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and three letters of recommendation no later than April 10, 2017 to:

Director, First Year Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program

Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

rvolk@bu.edu

No phone inquiries please.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location Boston , Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Part-Time