Adjunct Lecturer in Law - Summer Externship Program
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: REQ20130757
The Gould School of Law seeks to hire part-time lecturers for the Externship Program for the Summer 2023 term. The primary responsibility of each instructor will be to supervise the academic work related to the student externship program. Instructors will be compensated for teaching a one-credit course.
The goal of the course is to support studentsâ development of their legal and professional skills over the course of their externships. Instructors will work with students as they evaluate their skills, set their learning goals, work to integrate their doctrinal knowledge with the reality of the practice of law, master challenging skills and begin to develop their professional identities. Instructorsâ responsibilities will include reviewing and commenting on student work (essays and time reports), counseling students by email and phone as needed, creating, monitoring and responding to submissions to one time-limited online forum, and contacting studentsâ supervisors as appropriate. Because summer externs often work in placements outside of the Los Angeles area, much of the communication with students will be via email.
Candidates must be attorneys with a J.D. degree who have five years of experience in one or more of the practice areas below and must reside in the Los Angeles area. Attorneys with experience in supervising law student externs or teaching in a law school setting will be given special consideration. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to fostering the growth and development of law students and new attorneys.
Candidates with practice experience in federal, state or local government, the non-profit sector or in a corporate general counselâs office are encouraged to apply. Attorneys with extensive practice experience in a law firm setting may also be considered if they have three or more years of experience in one of the practice settings just listed and have done substantial training and supervision of law students and new attorneys. Candidates who have completed a federal clerkship of at least one year in length, or who have served as a research attorney in a state appellate court for two or more years, may count those years toward the minimum required experience.
USC reserves the âAdjunctâ appointment for faculty teaching less than full-time at USC, who are employed full-time in a primary profession or career elsewhere. Adjunct faculty typically teach only one course per year but, in exceptional cases, may teach one course per semester, if approved by the dean.
The base salary range for this position is $2,232 - $4,730 per semester. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the number of units per course, the candidateâs work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity, and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law. Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles is influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions. At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.
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As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.