Lecturer, School of Law

Boston University
Boston , Massachusetts, United States
04 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Description

Boston University School of Law is seeking part-time Lecturers to teach in our LL.M. Writing Programs during the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Appointments are for a four‑month period, from September to December, but lecturers must be available for orientation in August. Applicants for the position must possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and at least two years practice experience. In addition, experience working with foreign lawyers or ESL teaching experience is preferred.

Lecturers in the LL.M. Writing Program teach the Research and Writing Seminar, a one‑semester, two‑credit graded seminar in legal writing and research, to our international LL.M. students. Classes are conducted in small groups of 12 to 14 students, using traditional dialogue, lecture, and tutorial methods of instruction. In addition, Lecturers in the LL.M. Program will work with a student tutor. The Lecturer, however, retains the responsibility for grading and commenting on student writing.

Lecturers must commit themselves to devote approximately fifteen to twenty hours each week, including a weekly, seventy-five minute seminar meeting, to fulfill their teaching responsibilities. In addition, Lecturers must attend an evening training session in late August. The most time‑consuming and most important parts of the work will be developing written exercises and critiquing and grading student work. While the expenditure of time in the Program is compatible with the requirements of law practice, there are peak periods of commitment in both semesters for which the lecturer must be prepared. Before applying, a practicing attorney should assess carefully whether he or she can make such a time‑consuming commitment.

The basic curriculum is prescribed by the Director of the Program. Its primary emphasis is on writing and on teaching students the importance of language as the tool for lawyers. The Director supplies many of the teaching materials. Lecturers do have an opportunity to prepare some of their own materials, however, and teachers will have the opportunity to contribute not only to the immediate education of their students, but to the improvement of the Program as well. In this way, acceptance of an appointment represents a serious commitment to the School of Law and reflects the confidence of the faculty in the candidate's potential for successful law teaching.

Required Skills

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and three letters of recommendation no later than April 27, 2018 to: rvolk@bu.edu.


No phone inquiries please. Boston University School of Law is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Job Location Boston , Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Part-Time