Boston University School of Law is seeking part-time Lecturers to teach in our LL.M. Writing Programs during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. Appointments are for a fourmonth period, from September to December, but lecturers must be available for orientation in August. Applicants for the position must possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and at least two years practice experience. In addition, experience working with foreign lawyers or ESL teaching experience is preferred.
Lecturers in the LL.M. Writing Program teach the Research and Writing Seminar, a onesemester, twocredit graded seminar in legal writing and research, to our international LL.M. students. Classes are conducted in small groups of 12 to 14 students, using traditional dialogue, lecture, and tutorial methods of instruction. In addition, Lecturers in the LL.M. Program will work with a student tutor. The Lecturer, however, retains the responsibility for grading and commenting on student writing.
Lecturers must commit themselves to devote approximately fifteen to twenty hours each week, including a weekly, seventy-five minute seminar meeting, to fulfill their teaching responsibilities. In addition, Lecturers must attend an evening training session in late August. The most timeconsuming and most important parts of the work will be developing written exercises and critiquing and grading student work. While the expenditure of time in the Program is compatible with the requirements of law practice, there are peak periods of commitment in both semesters for which the lecturer must be prepared. Before applying, a practicing attorney should assess carefully whether he or she can make such a timeconsuming commitment.
The basic curriculum is prescribed by the Director of the Program. Its primary emphasis is on writing and on teaching students the importance of language as the tool for lawyers. The Director supplies many of the teaching materials. Lecturers do have an opportunity to prepare some of their own materials, however, and teachers will have the opportunity to contribute not only to the immediate education of their students, but to the improvement of the Program as well. In this way, acceptance of an appointment represents a serious commitment to the School of Law and reflects the confidence of the faculty in the candidate's potential for successful law teaching.
Salary: Based on experience
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