Instructor, Advanced Legal Writing for Foreign-Trained Lawyers, Boston University School

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
01 Jun 2018
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29 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Boston University School of Law is seeking to hire a part-time instructor to teach a practical skills seminar, Advanced Legal Writing: The Essentials of Bar Exam Writing and Beyond, in spring 2019. The class will be offered to foreign-trained lawyers enrolled in the school’s LLM in American Law Program.

The course focuses on developing the critical lawyering skills needed to succeed on the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) of the Uniform Bar Exam -- and to succeed in the practice of law: the ability to analyze and apply relevant law to specific factual situations to perform a lawyering task in writing. As with the MPT, students would be assigned lawyering tasks, which may include writing a memorandum to a supervising attorney, a client letter, a persuasive memorandum or brief, a statement of facts, a contract provision, a settlement proposal, and the like.  

In performing their assignments, students would work from source files containing facts and other material, and would receive a collection of legal sources with sufficient substantive information to complete the task. The class does not teach research skills or substantive law. Rather, it focuses on developing analytical and writing skills in the American legal tradition. The class would also expose students to specific writing approaches, outlining and issue spotting techniques, and time management strategies. It would meet once a week for two hours.

Interest in teaching international, non-native English speaking students is required. Prior teaching experience in a law school’s legal writing program is strongly preferred.

Required Skills

DO NOT submit your application through the BU website.

Applicants should email a letter of interest and a resume to the Graduate and International Programs Office at Boston University School of Law, at

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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

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