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Penn State Dickinson Law
  • Position Number: 2225877
  • Location: Carlisle, PA
  • Position Type: Law and Legal Studies

Assistant/Associate Professor

Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson Law Scho invites applications for tenure-track faculty position expected to begin July 1, 2021. We welcome candidates with outstanding academic credentials, practice experience, and/or judicial clerkship experience. This position may be filled at the Associate Professor or Assistant Professor level. The appointment will be commensurate with the successful candidate's current rank, title, education, and experience.

Dickinson Law strongly encourages applicants who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the university, see: Penn State Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at

The legal writing program at Penn State Dickinson Law is designed to help students develop essential lawyering skills. The program consists of a comprehensive two-semester sequence focused on building the legal research, analysis, and writing skills used in today's law practice. Classes meet in small sections led by experienced full-time faculty who are at the forefront of trends in legal writing and research. Responsibilities include:
  • Teaching courses related to legal writing, reasoning, analysis, and critical thinking
  • Providing service to the law school and the University
  • Participating in the larger community for legal research and writing professionals by publishing scholarship, regularly attending and/or presenting at conferences, and pursuing other relevant endeavors to support the faculty member's professional development

General Qualifications:
  • A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • License to practice law in any U.S. state or the District of Columbia is highly valued
  • Prior legal practice experience, including judicial clerkships
  • Law school achievements and accomplishments, including high academic achievement, law review, moot court, and/or mock trial
  • Articulable commitment to the field of legal research and writing, including implementing the best models and practices to teach in this field and incorporating recent developments in legal pedagogy
  • Demonstrable recent successful experience in teaching legal research and writing
  • Experience with or interest in teaching using online platforms
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective presentation skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills with various constituencies
  • Demonstrable successful experience working independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrable sensitivity to various student learning styles
  • Demonstrable successful experience mentoring and working with students from diverse backgrounds

Inquiries may be sent to the Chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Medha Makhlouf, through Anne Porter at To apply, submit a letter and curriculum vitae.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

About Penn State University:

As Pennsylvania's only land-grant university, Penn State is a leader in higher education, and carries out its mission of teaching, research, and service with pride and focus on the future.

Our leadership in administration, faculty, and staff make our mission come alive every day. The Board of Trustees reviews and approves the budget of the University and guides general goals, policies, and procedures. The President's office ensures that all aspects of the University are running smoothly and promotes overall principles that students, faculty, and staff abide by for the long term. The University Faculty Senate represents the Penn State faculty with legislative authority on all matters regarding the University's educational interests.

We strive to celebrate diversity in all aspects of our education and operational activities. Our strategic plans are designed to result in ongoing improvements that help prepare future generations of leaders.

About Dickinson Law:

As the oldest law school in Pennsylvania, and one of the oldest law schools in the country, Dickinson Law's mission remains remarkably similar to its founding vision: to prepare students of law thoroughly for the practice of their profession. While remaining steeped in the tradition and values that have distinguished the Law School from its inception, Dickinson Law has redefined how it is preparing students to lead their profession in a competitive and evolving 21st century legal landscape. For more information about Penn State Dickinson Law, please visit our website at

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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