Vanderbilt University Legal Writing Instructor in Nashville, Tennessee

Legal Writing Instructor (Job Number: 1800757)


Part-Time Instructor in Law

Legal Research and Writing Program, Law School

Start Date: August 2018 Deadline: Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis until positions are filled or until July 15, 2018, when the application window closes.

Vanderbilt Law School seeks law school graduates with superb academic and employment records to teach our Legal Writing course starting in August 2018. Position slots are available in the J.D. and the L.L.M. legal research and writing programs. A successful applicant will be appointed as an Instructor in Law. This initial semester or nine-month (mid-August through mid-May) appointment may be renewed on a yearly basis depending on curricular needs. In addition, the final candidate for this position must successfully complete a background check.

The application process:

Submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and short writing sample electronically through

You may contact Jennifer Swezey my mail or email:

Jennifer Swezey Director of Legal Research and Writing

Vanderbilt University Law School

131 21st Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203-1181

Typical weekly duties for all instructors include: 

  • 2 hours of in-class instruction plus 4-6 hours of corresponding preparation;

  • 2-4 hours of consultation with students; and

  • meeting with other instructors and the Director of Legal Research and Writing.

A substantial portion of the instructor’s time during the semester is spent on reading and critiquing students’ writing. The instructor must also hold individual conferences with students during particular weeks of the semester to discuss students’ work. In addition, instructors may be required to assist with assignment preparation; this may include independent research, case review and analysis, and editing.

During the semester, an instructor position is approximately half-time and is not compatible with competing fulltime employment. Nor is it compatible with part-time work that would prevent instructors from complying with the course’s demanding schedule.

For a full description of the positions and program, go to: Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged.

A J.D., a strong academic record, and useful employment experience;

  • Superb writing and editing skills;

  • Outstanding teaching potential;

  • Experience working with international students preferred for LL.M positions; and

  • Eagerness and availability to work very closely with Vanderbilt Law School students.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 17000 - Law: Office of the Dean

Job: Faculty / Corps of Instruction