Legal Writing Professor of Law

Cleveland State University   Cleveland , OH   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 23, 2022
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Cleveland State University

Legal Writing Professor of Law



Job Summary:
The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University invites applications from entry level and lateral candidates for the position of Legal Writing Professor of Law, beginning in the 2023-24 academic year. This is a non-tenure-track 10-month contract position starting August 1, 2022. CSU is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. CSU is striving to be a nationally recognized and student focused public research institution that provides accessible, affordable, and Engaged Learning opportunities for all.

This position may lead to a presumptively renewable five-year appointment after a probationary period of five one-year appointments, and holds the opportunity for promotion to Senior Legal Writing Professor three or more years after obtaining the first five-year appointment. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Cleveland-Marshall has a longstanding Legal Writing program, with a required two-semester, six-credit, graded legal writing and research course in the first year and a required third semester of legal writing after the first year, satisfied by taking one of a number of specialized legal writing courses. The successful candidate will regularly teach two sections of the required first-year course (approximately 35 students total) and may occasionally teach a third-semester legal writing course. Legal Writing professors may advise students undertaking independent research projects and have other administrative and advising duties within the College of Law. They may choose to participate in the broader legal writing community through scholarship and service.

Legal Writing professors at Cleveland-Marshall vote on all matters except those concerning the hiring, promotion, and tenure of tenure-track faculty. They participate in law school and university governance, serve on and chair faculty committees, and otherwise contribute as valued members of the Cleveland-Marshall and Cleveland State communities. Legal Writing professors are eligible to apply for summer teaching and research grants as well as funding for academic travel.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a J.D. or equivalent degree from an ABA accredited law school and at least two years of legal practice experience or a judicial clerkship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Practice and experience demonstrating legal writing and research expertise;
  • A strong academic record;
  • Teaching experience;
  • Skill in using online teaching and learning platforms including for remote instruction;
  • Potential for excellence in teaching legal writing;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • A long-term commitment to teaching legal writing; and
  • Ability to contribute through teaching and service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.

Applicant Instructions:
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity Statement
  • Three references with contact information

Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. Explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s inclusive community. For applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, note how your work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, C.V., Diversity Statement, and the names and contact information of three references to: Applications will be exclusively accepted online. Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 12, 2022. Please email questions about the position to Professor Claire Robinson May at with the subject line: Legal Writing Position Inquiry.

CSU is an urban university with more than 15,000 students located in the heart of Cleveland, OH. According to the Brookings Institution, CSU is No. 18 in the U.S. among public universities that fulfill a critical dual mission: providing upward mobility and conducting impactful research. CSU is the only Ohio university in the top tier of the Brookings list. For additional information about the city of Cleveland, see

Hire is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials (including evidence of a Ph.D.) and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran, or genetic information.