Position Summary: WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applicants for a tenure-track position to teach in the Washburn Law Clinic and to teach complementary doctrinal courses, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year. Washburn Law has a unitary tenure track with scholarship support including summer writing stipends, year-round research assistants, and funding for travel to conferences. This nine-month tenured/tenure-track position is one of five open tenured/tenure-track positions in the School of Law.
We are particularly interested in applicants qualified to teach in a family, immigration, and juvenile law clinic, but all areas of subject expertise will be considered. We seek engaging candidates whose performance to date has demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, scholarship, and service or the potential for achievement in each of these job functions. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
Founded in 1970, Washburn University School of Law’s in-house, live client clinical program has been an integral part of the law school curriculum staffed by tenured and tenure-track positions. Washburn Law Clinic practice areas include Family Justice & Immigration, Civil Practice, Criminal Defense, and Small Business & Nonprofit Transactional Law. Washburn also hosts a Criminal Appellate Advocacy Clinic administered in cooperation with the Kansas Appellate Defender Office. The Family Justice and Immigration section has historically practiced in state court and federal agencies and been actively involved in conducting community education events and other community projects.
Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. Washburn has a student body of over 5,550 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.
The Washburn campus is located blocks from the historic state capitol. Topeka features affordable housing; beautiful, historic neighborhoods with well-maintained parks; and a nationally recognized public library. It is also the home of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site.
Washburn University School of Law moved into its new, state-of-the-art building in July 2023. The building features classrooms equipped with up-to-date recording technology, including closed captioning; a green room recording studio; and beautiful trial and appellate courtrooms.
Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling teaching expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment, teaching a full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook. They will teach part-time in the clinic and part-time in other courses as assigned.
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling scholarship expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment.
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling service expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment.
• JD degree from an ABA accredited law school.
• Demonstrated commitment to clinical legal education.
• Kansas bar license or eligibility to apply for a restricted license to practice in a clinical setting for the length of the appointment, which does not require the taking of the Kansas state bar exam.
• Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated commitment to institutional service.
• Demonstrated potential for scholarship.
• Training or experience appropriate to teach in a family, immigration, and juvenile law clinic.
• Training or experience appropriate to teach doctrinal courses complementary to the clinic such as in the areas of family law, mediation, immigration, and professional responsibility.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please upload a letter of interest as part of your application. Contact information for three professional references will also be collected as part of the application. If you have questions about the position please contact Professor Michelle Ewert, Chair faculty recruitment committee, at Michelle.email@example.com. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire. Official transcripts required once hired.
Background Check Required
Washburn is an EOE and is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching-focused academic and work environment. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a campus climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in higher education.
Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.
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