Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering
Company: University of Maryland, Baltimore
Posted on: November 22, 2021
DONALD GAINES MURRAY LAWYERING TEACHING FELLOWS PROGRAM - The
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, located in
Baltimore, seeks applicants for several full-time, non-tenure-track
Visiting Assistant Professor positions to teach in our innovative
first-year Lawyering Donald Gaines Murray Teaching Fellows
The Murray Lawyering Teaching Fellows Program is designed to
provide teaching experience and scholarly mentorship for law school
graduates with legal practice experience, to prepare for careers in
legal academia. The program is named for Donald Gaines Murray, who
was the first African American student to graduate from the
University of Maryland School of Law, after he (represented by
Thurgood Marshall) successfully sued to abolish racial segregation
at the school in the case University v. Murray, 169 Md. 478 (1936).
Mr. Murray went on to be a successful appellate lawyer, arguing
many civil rights cases for the NAACP.
The Lawyering Curriculum
The Lawyering course sequence provides students with a strong
foundation in the analytical, oral and written communication, and
professional skills essential in the legal profession. Consistent
with Maryland Carey Law's tradition of integrating doctrine,
theory, and practice, the Lawyering curriculum places students in
the role of attorneys in the context of simulated cases involving
doctrinal subject matter from their other first-year courses.
All of the Lawyering sections use the same simulated case file to
teach fundamental legal analysis and written communication skills
in an integrated practice-based context. The topics covered in
Lawyering I include: sources of law; analysis of case law and
statutes; effective legal writing; client interviewing; fact
investigation and case development; problem solving; and
professionalism. Acting in a simulated attorney role, students
prepare legal documents, with emphasis on client correspondence and
legal memoranda that analyze the applicable law and recommend a
strategic course of action.
Building upon the analytical, writing, and other lawyering skills
learned in the first semester, the Spring Lawyering II course
develops students' persuasive written and oral advocacy skills by
placing them in the role of an advocate in a simulated case. In the
course of their representation, students research and analyze legal
issues, develop a theory of the case, draft motions and persuasive
briefs, and present oral arguments to mock judges. Lawyering II
also introduces students to other practical lawyering skills,
Visiting Assistant Professor Responsibilities: The successful
applicants will teach Lawyering I (3 credits) in the Fall semester
and Lawyering II (3 credits) in the Spring semester to
approximately 30 students each semester. In addition to course
design, class preparation, and teaching, the successful applicants
will be expected to provide extensive written feedback on student
drafts throughout the semester and to hold individual conferences
with students at least once during the semester.
Teaching and Scholarship Mentorship: Lawyering Murray Fellows will
receive mentorship for their teaching and scholarship, to prepare
for potential careers in legal academia. Murray Fellows will
actively participate in Maryland Carey Law's junior faculty
workshop, where they present and receive feedback on their
scholarship and also provide feedback to other fellows and early
career legal scholars. In addition, Murray Fellows are encouraged
to participate in the law school's vibrant academic community,
including events and scholarly workshops.
Murray Fellows will have access to the resources of the law
school's Thurgood Marshall Law Library for teaching and scholarly
support, will be able to hire a student research assistant to
assist with scholarship, and will have support for conference
registration and travel up to $2,000.
Law school campus: Maryland Carey Law is advantageously located in
downtown Baltimore near multiple courthouses, government agencies,
prominent law and financial firms, major-league sports facilities,
and nonprofit organizations. The law school campus also is easily
accessible within the greater Washington DC-Baltimore metropolitan
region, close to I-95 and only 40 minutes from Washington by Amtrak
or commuter rail.
- J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an
ABA-accredited law school.
- At least three years of legal practice experience, one of which
may include a judicial clerkship.
- Excellent legal writing skills and outstanding interpersonal
- Prior law school teaching experience preferred.Applications
accepted online only at (search "lawyering").
Interested applicants should submit (a) cover letter, (b) resume
with three listed references, (c) teaching evaluations; (d) a
writing sample, which has not been materially edited by a third
party and which can be a scholarly publication or a substantial
legal practice document, such as a brief; and (e) a scholarly
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2022, though applications will be
considered on a rolling basis starting in mid-December; positions
open until filled
START DATE: July 1, 2022
Salary will be $75,000 per year, plus benefits, with conference
travel and registration support up to $2,000.
UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated
against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will
be processed through Human Resources.
Maryland Carey Law is committed to providing opportunities to
individuals underrepresented in the legal academy. Minorities,
women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and
veterans are encouraged to apply. Join our diverse workforce and
help us make a difference in our community and the world. The
University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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