Professor of Practice – Legal Writing


University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly “UC Hastings Law”)

San Francisco, CA

The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (“UC Law SF,” formerly “UC Hastings Law”) was founded in 1878 as the law department of the University of California and was the first law school in California. Over the years, it has built a legacy and reputation of being a preeminent institution comprised of renowned faculty committed to the study of legal theory and research, preparing students for careers in the judicial system, public service, and industry.

Position Summary
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (“UC Law SF,” formerly, “UC Hastings”), located in downtown San Francisco, seeks applicants for a contract (non-tenure-track) faculty role: Professor of Practice – Legal Writing.

The position is full-time. Contract lengths for Professors of Practice are 1-5 years and may be renewed. The faculty rank is Lecturer, with a Professor of Practice working title. The start date is either January 1, 2024 or June 1, 2024, depending on the chosen candidate’s availability.

The anticipated starting base compensation range is $99,275. – $109,725, depending on prior legal writing teaching experience. The role also includes a faculty development account. This position qualifies for the Full UC Benefits Package (, which includes primary retirement benefits, comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage, and a variety of voluntary supplemental benefit plans to meet the incumbents individual needs.

UC Law SF is committed to creating a vibrant academic community in which diverse community members feel they belong. UC Law SF also prohibits discrimination against any person employed; seeking employment; or applying for or engaged in a paid or unpaid internship or training program leading to employment with UC Law SF on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, sex-or gender-stereotyping, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. UC Law SF will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources at if you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Professor of Practice teaches two sections of legal writing each semester (fall and spring), with enrollments of up to approximately 18 students in each section (though historically enrollments have been approximately 12 students per section). In addition, the Professor of Practice serves on a legal writing curriculum committee that considers curricular and teaching innovations in legal writing and contributes to the development of the legal writing curriculum each year, develops and reinforces teaching skills at conferences, and supports other teaching initiatives, including helping to staff the Legal Writing Resource Center. This is a year-round position; the Professor of Practice is obligated to teach for-credit classes only during the fall and spring but is responsible for working on curricular development and other non-teaching matters over the summer months.

Qualifications and Prior Experience

Interested candidates must have the following qualifications:
– JD degree.
– Bar membership.
– At least 5 years of practice or entrepreneurial experience.
– Demonstrated ability to implement creative technology-focused programming and build community connections.

Prior teaching experience is strongly preferred.

How to Apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Each applicant must submit the following materials:
– Cover letter summarizing reasons for seeking this position.
– Resume or CV.
– Teaching reviews, if any.
– Three professional or academic references.

Please forward these materials to Provost & Academic Dean Morris Ratner (

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