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Legal Writing Lecturer - School of Law

Position overview

Position title: Professor of Legal Writing
Salary range: Starting full-time annual rate of $71,116
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 1, 2021

Application Window

Open date: July 1st, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Jul 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Berkeley Law is seeking to hire one or more Lecturers to teach for the Legal Research, Analysis and Writing Program.

Legal Writing Lecturers typically teach two sections of first-year law students (1L) each semester. Lecturers teach Legal Research and Writing in the fall, introducing students to basic lawyering skills including how to read, analyze, and synthesize cases, and how to use cases to predict the likely outcome of disputes. Lecturers also teach students basic research and citation skills. Finally, our lecturers teach students how to draft predictive memos, analyzing both state and federal law issues of increasing complexity. Lecturers review and provide written feedback regarding students’ work and meet individually with students to review their progress. This course is three units and pass/fail.

In the spring, our lecturers teach the same students in Written and Oral Advocacy, which builds on the research, analysis, and writing skills introduced during the fall semester. Lecturers additionally teach students how to frame persuasive arguments in a trial court brief, and how to present an oral argument. As in the fall, lecturers review and provide written feedback regarding students’ work. Lecturers also attend their students’ oral arguments during mid-April. This course is two units and graded.

General duties include developing a syllabus, preparing course materials, holding office hours, and assigning grades.

Additional materials may be required of applicants.

Berkeley Law seeks candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through teaching. Qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

UC Lecturers are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • J.D. degree or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • At least 2 years of professional practice experience.

Preferred qualifications

    • Prior teaching experience is not required but preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching - A teaching statement of no more than 500 words explaining your interest teaching in Berkeley Law’s Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing program.

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Writing Sample - A writing sample not in excess of ten pages.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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Job location

Berkeley, CA