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Director of Appellate Advocacy – Law School

Minnesota Justice Foundation

Posted 4 years ago



  • J.D. degree.
  • 3 years post-J.D. experience.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Legal Writing Director, adjunct professors, student instructors, and staff.


  • Managerial/supervisory experience.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Administrative experience.
  • Law journal or moot court experience.

About the Job

The University of Minnesota Law School is hiring a Director of Appellate Advocacy. The appointment is an academic professional and administrative (P&A) position. The Director will report to the Legal Writing Director.

The Director will have the following responsibilities:

1. Primary responsibility for the 2L moot court (appellate advocacy) program at the Law School.

Every second-year law student at the Law School participates on either a moot court or a law journal. Both are full-year exercises, one credit per semester. The moot court program enrolls approximately 100-150 2L students, split into courses or sections of between 8-20 students each. Currently, the moot court program includes one in-house, multi-section course, the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court, and five single-section moot courts: Environmental; Indian, Intellectual Property; International; and National. Moot courts are generally taught by adjunct professors and student directors.

For the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court, the Director will develop the case record and bench memo; model lesson plans; syllabus; and other instructor materials. The Director will select the textbook and coordinate research training. The Director will manage and administer the intramural moot court brief-writing and oral advocacy competition, held across the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties sections.

For all moot courts, the Director will hire, train, and supervise adjunct professors (approximately 5-10) and student directors (approximately 5-10) teaching the courses. The Director will coordinate the moot court program with other law school courses, faculty, and research trainers. The Director will work with Law School administration to facilitate enrollment, registration, and scheduling. The Director will teach at least one section of moot court.

The Legal Writing Director will provide support and have secondary responsibility for the moot court courses.

2. Primary responsibility for moot court competition teams.

The Law School currently fields moot court competition teams in the following areas: U.S. federal and constitutional law, I.P. law, international law, environmental law, and bankruptcy law. Some moot court competition teams are fielded from the 2L moot court courses, others are open to all upper level students. Moot court competition teams are generally coached by adjunct professors.

For all competition teams, the Director will hire, train, and supervise adjunct professors. The Director will supervise the competition teams and work with Law School staff to administer the teams’ enrollment and travel arrangement. The Director will coach one moot court competition team.

The Legal Writing Director will provide support and have secondary responsibility for moot court competition teams.

3. Primary responsibility for the Legal Writing II course.

Legal Writing II is an upper level course focused on objective writing, writing under time pressure, and improving academic or appellate writing. The course is taught in 2-6 small sections of 6-8 students each, generally by an adjunct professor and a student instructor. The Director will develop the syllabus, course content, and model lesson plans for the Legal Writing II course. The Director will hire, train, and supervise the adjunct professors and student instructors in the course. The Director will work with Law School administration to manage enrollment and scheduling of the Legal Writing II sections. The Director will teach one section of the Legal Writing II course.

The Legal Writing Director will provide support and will have secondary responsibility for the Legal Writing II course.

4. Secondary responsibility for the first year Legal Writing course.

The first year legal research and writing course is taught in small sections of 8-10 students to a class of approximately 220 students. The course is generally taught by adjunct professors and student instructors. The Director will assist the Legal Writing Director in crafting assignments, model lesson plans, and the legal writing exam, and will assist the Director in training and supervising the instructors and managing the course.

Duties include: 40% teaching, 10% curriculum building, 40% hiring/training/supervising adjuncts and student instructors, and 10% admin/writing/miscellaneous.

There is potential room to grow in the position and to develop the Law School’s writing program: the Director may contribute to, develop, teach, or oversee the judicial writing course, the law journal note writing course, other writing courses, or other general curriculum courses. The Director may publish, either in a scholarly field (including legal writing) or in a professional capacity. The Director may work with the Legal Writing Director, the Law School faculty, and the Educational Policy Committee to improve the Law School’s writing program more broadly, within budgetary and curricular restraints.

Salary range $63,000 – $70,000, commensurate with experience. Other benefits include professional development funding.

About the Department

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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Job ID 331740

Location Twin Cities

Job Family Education-General

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular

Job Code 9745S2

Employee Class Acad Prof and Admin

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