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LRW Assistant Clinical Professor

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Legal/Law, Instruction

Department: School of Law
Rank: Assistant Professor, Clinical
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Review of Applications Begins

August 18, 2022; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application including three references, please upload:
• A cover letter
• A current resume
• A statement addressing your potential contribution(s) to diversity, equity, and inclusion (see below)

As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a statement about promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers. In evaluating such statements, the law school will consider awareness of inequities and challenges faced by underrepresented minority students and faculty; track record (commensurate to career stage) of activities that reduce barriers in education or research for underrepresented minority students and faculty; vision and plans for how their work will continue to contribute to UO’s mission to serve the needs of our diverse state and student population and create an inclusive campus; and other relevant factors.

Department Summary

The University of Oregon School of Law is a dynamic, ABA-accredited law school and Oregon’s only public law school. Degrees offered include Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and a minor in undergraduate legal studies. Oregon Law’s mission is to provide a world-class education. We prepare students through excellent classroom teaching paired with a multitude of practical experience opportunities and robust professional development. Our faculty produce exceptional research and scholarship. We accomplish our mission in a positive, inclusive environment where we strive to provide everyone opportunities to grow, contribute, and develop. Our aim is to learn, teach, and practice the principles of equity and justice as critical foundations for our overall effort to achieve excellence as a top-ranked law school. Success in this work requires a diverse group of people in various faculty and staff roles working in one of our two locations, Eugene and Portland. The University of Oregon is located within the traditional homelands of the Southern Kalapuya. Learn more about Oregon Law at law.uoregon.edu, and consider joining our team. Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Program was established in 1978 and, through innovative programming and commitment to teaching excellence, continues to lead in the field. US News and World Report has ranked Oregon’s LRW Program in the top ten legal writing programs for fifteen consecutive years; for the past two years, our program has been ranked #1. The LRW Program benefits from significant donor support through the Galen Endowment, which funds a rotating Galen Scholar in Legal Writing, an annual Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing, a pre-orientation program for nontraditional and underrepresented students, and other programming that enhances law student writing. The LRW faculty are nationally recognized and highly regarded within the law school.

The Oregon LRW team is a dedicated and productive group. LRW faculty work collaboratively in a supportive environment that encourages experimentation, innovation, and open dialogue. LRW faculty are supported by a designated program manager, upper-level peer tutors, and an exceptional team of reference librarians.

Position Summary

The assistant clinical professor in LRW will primarily teach in our first-year curriculum. LRW is a required six-credit, two-semester course that integrates research, analysis, and writing as well as other professional skills that complement the core curriculum. LRW faculty rotate teaching upper-level writing courses, and some teach doctrinal law courses when interests and needs allow.

LRW faculty serve on and frequently chair faculty committees and vote on all faculty matters except promotion to a rank they do not hold. Each faculty member receives professional development funds for travel and research assistance. Clinical professors follow a promotional track from assistant, to associate, to a full clinical professor. LRW faculty are eligible for paid sabbaticals after six years of teaching and successful promotion.

Minimum Requirements

• JD or its equivalent.
• Two years in legal practice after law school (e.g., law firm, government agency, in-house, nonprofit, judicial clerkship).
• Strong record of academic excellence.

Professional Competencies

• Excellent skills in legal writing, research, and oral communication.
• Proven (or potential for) excellence in teaching.
• Commitment to teaching legal research, legal writing, and legal analysis to first-year students.
• Indicia of continuing professional development (e.g., through publications, presentations, engagement in national organizations).
• Demonstrated or potential ability to provide written and oral feedback to guide student writers through multiple drafts to produce a professional work product.
• Demonstrated ability to 1) work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with multiple intersectional identities; and 2) advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community.
• Strong interpersonal skills and characteristics that will contribute positively to LRW team dynamics and collegiality.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience teaching legal research and writing or transferrable skills from other teaching experience.
• Experience working with diverse learners with a range of foundational skills.
• Knowledge of learning and pedagogical theories.
• Demonstrated interest in and involvement with the legal writing community and/or professional organizations related to teaching law.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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