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Open Rank - Legal Analysis and Communication Program

Posting Numberreq9616
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeOpen Rank
Hiring DepartmentSchool of Law (588A)
Academic LocationSchool of Law
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for one or more full-time, tenured or tenured-track faculty positions to teach in its Legal Analysis and Communication Program, starting in the Fall of 2020.

 Faculty in the program are responsible for teaching Elements of Legal Argumentation I & II, the law school’s required first-year legal writing sequence. ELA I & II focus on developing students’ skills in legal reading, research, analysis, and communication. The program’s faculty members typically teach two first-year sections of approximately 15-20 students each (or 30-40 students total). They also teach upper-level writing courses, and the successful candidate will be expected to help design and implement the program’s upper-level writing curriculum. At UNM, legal writing faculty serve on all law school committees (including serving as chairs of committees), and are eligible for summer research and teaching grants. The Legal Analysis and Communication Program is a director-led program that values close collaboration and quality teaching.

 We value candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives as we work toward enriching our students’ learning through inclusion and enhancing the faculty’s academic mission of research, teaching, service, and community engagement in New Mexico, the United States, and the world. Women in the STEM disciplines, under‐ represented racial and ethnic minorities, groups historically marginalized in American life, individuals with disabilities, and those from rural origins, first‐generation college experience, and veteran status are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to be part of a university‐wide priority on excellence‐and‐equity across all dimensions of the academic mission.

 Offering a J.D. degree, cross-disciplinary dual degrees, and a Masters of Legal Studies, the UNM School of Law is nationally recognized for innovative classes that combine law practice skills training with doctrinal instruction and a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

 For information about the University of New Mexico School of Law and to learn more about Albuquerque, please follow the link provided:


Minimum Qualifications:

  •  Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent legal degree
  •  Two years of post-J.D. legal work experience

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated research and writing ability
  •  Experience teaching legal analysis and all forms of communication related to that analysis in a law school or other professional setting
  •  Demonstrated ability to represent the interest of a client in writing
  •  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other faculty members or other professional colleagues
  •  Demonstrated ability to diagnose writing problems
  •  Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equality, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities


Application InstructionsAll applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references (faculty/exec) to the UNM Jobs website:

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 9/22/2019. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.