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Director, Legal Writing
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Date Posted Nov. 1, 2018
Title Director, Legal Writing
University Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Department Academic Affairs
Application Deadline until position is filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2019
  • St Paul, MN
    United States
  • Director/Manager
  • Legal Research & Writing

Mitchell Hamline School of Law invites applications for Director of Legal Writing. The successful candidate will join a vibrant faculty in a growing school and will be responsible for the required first-year legal research and writing course, currently titled Lawyering: Advice and Persuasion. This is a full-time, year-round, faculty position and the successful candidate will be offered a presumptively renewable contractual position consistent with ABA standard 405©. Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

We seek a director with the desire to build on the school’s existing program to create an outstanding first-year legal writing curriculum in each of the school’s enrollment options. The school’s enrollment options include full-time day, part-time evening, and three blended learning programs: the Hybrid program, the Executive JD, and the weekend program. (Blended learning programs include between 30% and 50% of instruction through distance learning.)

The school’s legal writing program is currently an adjunct-model, so the director will have responsibility for oversight and training of adjunct faculty. The faculty has voted in concept to move from an adjunct-model toward a full-time faculty model, and the director’s vision for the program will play a large role in determining the programmatic and staffing changes. In addition, duties will include providing leadership to the program and teaching classes. The director will develop collaborative relationships with first-year doctrinal faculty and the school’s Academic Excellence department, as well as other constituencies.

Applicants for the position must have a JD degree, a strong academic record, excellent writing skills, and at least eight years professional work experience post-JD. At least two years supervisory or directing experience is preferred. Qualified individuals must also have an interest or expertise in online education and instruction.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community, as well as candidates who wish to work in a collaborative atmosphere with faculty and staff who have a commitment to excellence in teaching, service, pro bono engagement with the community, and scholarship.

To apply, please submit the following via email to 1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position and reasons for wanting to direct the school’s legal research and writing curriculum; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript with class rank; 4) a sample of your legal writing (five to fifteen pages); and 5) names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. In addition, recent teaching evaluations are welcome. For further information, please email or call 651-290-6447. The committee will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2018 until the position is filled.

  • We particularly encourage candidates of color, women, people of any sexual orientation, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources
    Human Resources
    Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    875 Summit Avenue
    St Paul, MN
  • 651-290-6447
  • 651-290-8645


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