Stanford Law School Lecturer for Federal Litigation in a Global Context

Winter and Spring Quarters 2022

Stanford Law School is now considering applications for lecturers to teach Federal Litigation in a Global Context.  Federal Litigation is a required first-year course and part of our Legal Research and Writing curriculum.  Lecturers teach a small section of approximately eighteen students in the winter and spring quarters.

Federal Litigation in a Global Context is a four-unit course that covers an extended set of exercises (filings and oral arguments) modeled on pre-trial federal motion practice in a transnational context.  Lecturers provide instruction in legal research, reading and analyzing legal authority, developing litigation strategy, and writing clearly and persuasively to frame and develop legal arguments.  Lecturers give students ample feedback on their legal writing, commenting on students’ work in writing and reviewing assignments with students in one-on-one conferences.  Class is taught twice a week for the first 7-8 weeks of the quarter.  Lecturers meet weekly and work collaboratively to prepare lectures, in-class exercises, and research and citation assignments.

Lecturers are expected to hold weekly office hours when school is in session, develop in-class teaching materials, attend weekly lecturer meetings and individual student conferences, and critique students’ oral arguments.

The term of appointment is five months, from the beginning of the winter quarter to the end of the spring quarter, and will begin in January.  The salary for the position is approximately $36,000, depending on experience.  The position is not benefits-eligible.  The program is demanding.  Although full-time effort is not required, new lecturers will spend a fair amount of time before each quarter preparing to teach and learning the briefing assignments.  During the term lecturers spend approximately 20 hours a week in slow weeks and more than 40 hours a week in busy weeks.

Applicants must have a J.D. and at least three years of law practice or clerkship experience in the United States before the start of the term of employment.  Litigation in federal courts, experience teaching writing and mentoring students and lawyers, and international/transnational experience is a plus.

Applications should include:

1) a letter summarizing the candidate’s interest in the program and any information relevant to the selection decision;
2) a law school transcript;
3) a resume or C.V.;
4) a writing sample from law practice; and
5) the names and contact information of two or three law professors or legal employers who can comment on the applicant’s teaching, writing, analytic ability, and interpersonal skills.

Inquiries about the program may be directed to:

Alicia Thesing
Director and Lecturer in Residence,
Legal Research and Writing