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Distinguished Visiting Professor/Scholar—Legal Writing, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Posted 3 years ago

Mitchell Hamline School of Law—a leader in pedagogical innovation dedicated to expanding access to high-quality legal education—seeks an experienced teacher and scholar for a one-year appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Professor/Scholar in our legal writing program.

We welcome candidates with experience teaching or publishing in legal writing, rhetoric, advocacy, or pedagogy, or adjacent areas. We value collaborative, institution-minded colleagues with a passion for teaching.

Candidates should be interested in, and excited about, teaching in our blended learning program ( Mitchell Hamline pioneered blended legal education among accredited law schools, and our legal writing program embraces the latest learning technologies and principles of instructional design—including team-based and distance learning—to help students from diverse backgrounds all over the country (and, in some cases, around the world) to prepare for successful and influential legal careers. 

In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will contribute to our 1L and upper-division curricular planning and help us develop strategies for community and scholarly engagement.

We seek candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our campus community and wish to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, service, and scholarship. We encourage those who attended HBCU law schools or undergraduate institutions, as well as other institutions that have historically graduated substantial diverse student populations to apply.

Candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or foreign equivalent degree.

Our law school is in an historic area of Saint Paul, on the Indigenous homelands of the Dakota Oyate, home to the Penumbra and Fitzgerald theaters, ethnic restaurants, and one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Just across the river, Minneapolis is the home to the Walker Art Center, First Avenue, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and one of the nation’s liveliest performing arts scenes. The city was the birthplace of the American Indian Movement and continues to boast one of the largest urban Indian populations in the country. Eleven federally recognized tribes, including four Dakota and seven Ojibwe tribes, remain within the State of Minnesota.

Minneapolis and Saint Paul are among the top cities for arts and entertainment, sports, biking, cross-country skiing, active lifestyles, non-profit organizations, and exceptionally high levels of civic engagement.

Candidates should submit: (1) a resume; (2) a cover letter that discusses their interest in the position; and (3) a 1-2 page statement discussing their approach to teaching. The committee will consider applications until the positions are filled, but candidates should submit application materials before November 1, 2020, for full consideration. Members of diverse and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

For questions about the application process, contact Professor Tom Cobb at

To apply, e-mail your materials to; by fax to (651) 290-8645; or mail them to Human Resources, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the campus community, as well as candidates who wish to work in a collaborative atmosphere with faculty and staff. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected status defined by law.

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