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1/1/2021 Update - The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for the positions below and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.
Seeking Attorneys for Legal Writing Adjunct positions - For best consideration, apply by May 1, 2021.
The University of Minnesota Law School seeks attorneys to teach as part-time adjunct professors in its first-year Legal Writing program. This full-year course fulfills writing requirements for all law students.
Each instructor participates in orientation and training, conducts class sessions, and reviews and provides comments on written work by students. The course operates under a common syllabus, common legal writing problems (with instructor materials), and model lesson plans. Instructors have discretion on how to cover the material.
Each instructor is paired with a second-year or third-year student instructor. In the course, small groups of about eight to ten students meet once a week, likely on Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m. (for minimal conflict with attorneys’ work schedules). Other days and times may be available.
Past instructors have found that demands on their time were compensated by the opportunity to share their expertise with students. During each of the two semesters, instructors spend an average of five to ten hours a week on all aspects of the program, but actual time commitments vary considerably from week to week. While more time is required when papers are being reviewed or conferences are held, instruction hours can be minimal in other weeks. Hours required on campus are predictable, as they are set in advance for the course.
We offer a modest honorarium of $3,000 for the academic year to each lawyer teaching in the program. Work begins in mid-August and concludes in April.
Interested attorneys are invited to email or deliver a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and the names of two references to Professor Christopher D. Soper, Legal Writing Director, University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Contact Chris Soper at email@example.com or 612-626-1605 with any questions. For best consideration, apply by May 1, 2021.
Law Library Acquisitions Department Manager
The Law Library Acquisitions Department Manager position leads and manages the Law Library Acquisitions department, aligning its vision, goals, objectives, and policies and procedures with those of the Law Library. In consultation with the Associate Director for Research Services and Collection Development, the manager is responsible for providing leadership and management of the department, monitors trends and technologies in the print and electronic acquisitions arena, develops and recommends operational strategy, and leads the department’s participation in collaborative initiatives with other departments in the Law Library and the University Libraries.
The manager represents the department within the Law Library, in relevant Law School and University Libraries contexts, and in the larger professional community. The manager also performs operational responsibilities, including the acquisition and management of complex print and electronic resources, license management, and participation in special projects.
Consider teaching as an adjunct and work with energetic students, make connections with colleagues and keep in touch with the academic community, help develop the next generation of lawyer-leaders, and gain a deeper understanding of the material.
There are four options for teaching as an Adjunct Professor:
- Core Course - traditional course with support from prior Law School professors, choose a textbook and develop your own syllabus. (Examples: Trademark Law, Labor Law, Secured Transactions, etc.)
- Turnkey Course - course with the syllabus, readings, lesson plans, and exercises already designed. With support from program directors, your main role is to prepare for class and teach. (Examples: Legal Research & Writing, Legal Writing II, Law in Practice, etc.)
- Custom Course - develop a new course using your expertise on a specialized legal topic that is particularly relevant to today’s law students. (Examples: Campaign Finance and Election Law, Law and Social Media, and Marijuana Law & Policy)
- Independent Field Placement - work with one or two students at your office. The student gains a meaningful legal experience and you gain a helpful intern. 50-100 hours per semester and supervised by a Law School faculty member. (Examples: Private law firms, Public law practices, Corporate legal departments)