Visiting Assistant Professor Of Lawyering Skills

Seattle University Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 3 months ago

Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

Position Description

Seattle University School of Law is currently accepting applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills teaching in its Legal Writing Program during the 2018/2019 academic year. The position is a visitor appointment that begins on or before August 1, 2018, and ends on June 30, 2019.

Seattle University is an established leader in the field of legal writing. It founded the Legal Writing Institute, has hosted several Legal Writing Institute summer conferences, and its faculty has published numerous books and articles relating to legal writing.

As a result, for the last several years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Seattle University's legal writing program as the #1 legal writing program in the United States.

Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students, and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world.

The school's commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection, and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity, and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide variety of successful careers in law, business, and public service.

The successful visitor candidate will teach two sections of Legal Writing, Skills, and Values (LWSV), which is a 6-credit two-semester course that introduces students to the skills necessary for excellent legal writing, including legal reading, analysis, and synthesis; legal research and citation; and the principles of effective writing. In addition, LWSV familiarizes the students with fundamental lawyering skills such as client interviewing and counseling; fact development; and negotiation.

These skills will be taught in the context of drafting objective memoranda and client letters. Finally, the course incorporates discussions of professional identity as well the values of cultural competence and reflection. The successful candidate will be responsible for classroom teaching, meeting students one-on-one in student appointments about their writing, and critiquing and grading student papers. The visitor will be required to attend all scheduled Legal Writing training sessions and meetings, and to collaborate with the Legal Writing Faculty in the development of program materials.

For more information about Seattle University's writing program, see or contact the Director of the Legal Writing Program, Professor Mary Bowman at


Minimum Qualifications:
JD from an ABA-accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience teaching legal writing, a strong academic record, experience working as a judicial law clerk or as an attorney, excellent writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges.

U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Submit applications to To ensure full consideration, include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a writing sample that has not been edited by another person. Questions about the search process should be directed to the Director of the Legal Writing Program, Professor Mary Bowman,

The Hiring Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. The position is open until filled.

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