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Assistant/Associate Professor of Law at University of the District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia


Mid Level

Not defined

10 Apr → 10 May


Job Description

Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Position Status: Full-Time, Regular Tenure Track

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: Commensurate with rank and experience

Salary Range: Commensurate with rank and experience

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties

The incumbent will teach courses at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. The faculty member is expected to participate in University/School of Law programs and activities. The position requires a commitment to scholarship, as well as participation in outreach activities with stakeholders. We are looking broadly for candidates, but particularly welcome applicants with interest in teaching Property, Torts, Constitutional Law, Contracts, and Business-oriented related courses. We are also seeking a director for our Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, a tenure-track faculty position. Candidates must have a J.D. degree and must demonstrate high scholarly distinction or promise and a commitment to teaching excellence. Applications are encouraged from women, candidates of color, LGBTQIA+ candidates, candidates with disabilities, and others whose background and experience would contribute to the diversity of the law school community. UDC LAW is the District's only public law school and is one of only six American Bar Association approved law schools at a Historically Black College or University. UDC LAW has a statutory mission to recruit and enroll students from groups traditionally underrepresented at the bar; to provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates; and to represent the legal needs of low-income residents through the school's legal clinics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach assigned School of Law courses in the JD or LLM programs.
  • Maintain proficiency on the use of software and technology in the classroom.
  • Research, write, and publish scholarly output in academic or professional journals, books, media outlets and/or electronic media in a manner that is consistent with the direction of the academic program.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the relevant instructional area by reading current literature, collaborating with colleagues, participating in professional conferences to enhance academic performance.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, and exams using rubrics and other student-centered approaches.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Advise and mentor students on academic and career issues.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and scholarship issues.
  • Participate in writing grant proposals, as appropriate, to procure external research funding.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, program matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment and placement activities.

Minimum Job Requirements


A candidate for appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor of Law shall have:

  • An earned Juris Doctor degree and be a member in good standing of the Bar of the District of Columbia or other state.
  • The potential for teaching excellence and scholarly growth; and
  • Demonstrated professional competence in the relevant field and the potential for professional growth.

An initial appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor of Law shall be without tenure and for a period of not more than three years.


A candidate for appointment to the rank of Associate Professor of Law shall have:

  • An earned Juris Doctor degree and be a member in good standing of the Bar of the District of Columbia or other state.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence and a record of scholarship;
  • Demonstrated professional competence in the relevant field, demonstrated professional attainment, and the potential for continued professional growth; and
  • At least three years of full-time teaching experience at an accredited law school.

The faculty acknowledges that the Dean may recognize and allow the substitution of appropriate professional experience and achievement if the candidate has less teaching experience than that required above, provided that the candidate demonstrates potential for effective teaching.

Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in not in the collective bargaining unit.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: A person applying for a position who is a bona fide District resident at the time of application for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources only.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit: .

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