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Full Time Faculty Positions, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Posted 2 weeks ago

The University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) invites applications for two full-time faculty positions, beginning in Fall 2022. We will consider applicants in all subjects, but we have particular interests in business/corporate/commercial law, criminal law, and intellectual property. We will consider both entry-level and lateral candidates, and both tenure-track and tenured appointments.

We seek candidates who are, or have the potential to become, excellent scholars and teachers and will also contribute to our distinctive mission. The School of Law offers an innovative curriculum emphasizing professional formation and the education of the whole person. The school has earned numerous recognitions of excellence in teaching, scholarly engagement, and community building, including:

  • #23 faculty scholarly impact (Sisk/Leiter methodology, 2018; #39 and #30 in previous rankings)
  • #2 in the nation for best practical training (National Jurist, 2020; top 3 every year since 2014)  
  • #8 for “quality of student life” (Princeton Review, 2020; top10 nearly every year since 2008)
  • # 4 for judicial clerkships (National Jurist).

(See: https://www.stthomas.edu/law/about/rankings/.)

The School of Law’s commitments to scholarship, teaching, service, and community are inspired by its mission, which dedicates it, as a Catholic law school, “to integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice.” We seek candidates, of all faiths and beliefs, who can contribute to this mission.

The mission also commits the School of Law to the inherent dignity of all people; to diversity, inclusion, and cultural agility; and to equal opportunity policies and practices. We actively seek to attract, retain, and develop faculty from all backgrounds to enhance the diversity of the learning community and offer our students varied perspectives.

Qualifications:

A J.D. degree is required. For the position teaching intellectual property, J.D. required, or alternatively candidates with (1) a non-U.S. first law degree combined with (2) either a U.S. advanced degree in law (LLM, SJD) or alternatively 1 year of relevant teaching experience in a U.S. law school. 

How to Apply: We will review candidate materials posted in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register (FAR); but we also invite applications from candidates not participating in the FAR. All application materials must be submitted online at http://www.stthomas.edu/jobs/. Emailed application materials will not be accepted. Candidates will be asked to create an applicant profile, upload their CV, and submit an online application, voluntary EEO form, and cover letter. 

Review of applications will begin in August and continue until the positions are filled. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom. For further questions, please contact the Appointments Co-Chairs, Professors Thomas Berg and Elizabeth Schiltz, at lawappointments@stthomas.edu.

Location: The School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The Twin Cities—Minneapolis and the state capital, St. Paul—are the core of the 16th largest metropolitan center in the United States (nearly 3.5 million residents), which constitutes the business, entertainment, and cultural center of the upper Midwest. The Twin Cities metro is home to 17 Fortune 500 corporations, including Target, Best Buy, Cargill, Ecolab, General Mills, 3M, and UnitedHealth Group. It is known for its cultural and social amenities and has been consistently named one of the most livable metropolitan areas in the U.S. The School of Law is working to advance racial justice in the Twin Cities, including through the Community Justice Project (legal clinic) in the Interprofessional Center and through the Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice housed in the School of Law. For information on these and other University initiatives supporting racial equity, see https://www.stthomas.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion/bipoc/.   

The University of St. Thomas is a dynamic, mission-driven, urban university and the largest private university in Minnesota. It has 10,000 undergraduate and graduate/professional students; eight colleges and professional schools (including schools of business, engineering, health, and others, along with the law school); and 55-plus graduate and professional degree programs.

The University likewise embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity, and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our university mission: “Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.” A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

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