Chicago-Kent College of Law
Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Chicago-Kent College of Law seeks applications for its Visiting Assistant Professor Program. The Visiting Assistant Professor program is a major component of the Chicago-Kent legal writing program. The program provides students with a faculty that has diverse academic interests and legal practice experience and promising teachers an opportunity to bridge from their practice and legal writing teaching experience to a long-term teaching position and academic scholarship.
Each year, Visiting Assistant Professors teach several legal writing classes. Visiting Assistant Professors are generally appointed for an initial term that can be renewed to extend to a total of four years. Each Visiting Assistant Professor normally teaches a single section of approximately 30 first-year legal writing students, teaching Legal Writing I in the fall and Legal Writing II in the spring. The legal writing faculty meets regularly to coordinate assignments and provide newer Visiting Assistant Professors with the opportunity to enhance their legal writing teaching skills, share experiences, and plan upcoming assignments and classes.
In addition to teaching Legal Writing, each Visiting Assistant Professor teaches a single doctrinal course each year, although the professor may opt out of such teaching in the first year of teaching. Visiting Assistant Professors may teach any course in the law school curriculum other than required courses with class allocation based on the professor’s experience and interests and the school’s curricular needs. Teaching additional courses is permitted, but discouraged until the Visiting Assistant Professor has written at least one article, as the labor-intensive nature of course preparation makes it difficult to find time for scholarship. Visiting Assistant Professors receive mentoring and guidance from other faculty in preparing and teaching doctrinal courses.
The school provides Visiting Assistant Professors with considerable assistance and guidance in developing their academic scholarship, including a research and travel fund. Traditionally, Visiting Assistant Professors use their time at the school to write and publish one or more scholarly articles as a basis (together with their teaching experience) for eventually attaining a tenure-track law or similar teaching position. In addition to providing faculty mentors, the school offers a series of informal "roundtables" at which faculty members, including Visiting Assistant Professors, can discuss works in progress with their colleagues.
In the past, the program has been successful in both helping Visiting Assistant Professors find long-term positions at other schools and placing scholarship in respected journals. Former Visiting Assistant Professors are now teaching at, among other schools, the University of Richmond School of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and Howard University School of Law. Current Visiting Assistant Professors have placed scholarship in the University of Chicago Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Texas Law Review Online, the Georgia Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review.
See more at: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/legal-research-and-writing-program/visiting-assistant-professor-program
If you are interested in applying to our Visiting Assistant Professor program, please submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and a research agenda. You may address your cover letter to the "VAP Selection Committee." We require our Visiting Assistant Professors to have been out of law school a minimum of three years.
Please email your materials to Lila Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.