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Assistant Teaching Professor of Legal Studies

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
Closing date
Jun 24, 2022

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Legal Studies

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor of Legal Studies.

Position Details

Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001

United States

Division School of Social Sciences and Global Studies

Position Type Faculty

Employment Status Full Time

Grant Funded No

Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should submit a cover letter, C.V., teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching effectiveness, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin April 25, 2022 and will continue until position is filled.

Job Summary

The School of Social Science and Global Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track, Assistant Teaching Professor of Legal Studies beginning August 2022. This is a teaching-track position with opportunities for promotion. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong background in the study of law and a commitment to undergraduate education. Duties include a 4:4 teaching load, coordinating the Legal Studies BA program, and active student mentorship.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

+ Teach four courses per semester, fall and spring.

+ Serve as the coordinator of the Legal Studies BA program, including the preparation accreditation reports to ensure continued approval of the program by the American Bar Association.

+ Hold regular office hours.

+ Supervise the Academic Services staff person assigned to the Legal Studies Program to ensure consistency in advisement, assessment efforts, and accreditation filings.

+ Supervise student internships in coordination with Academic Services Coordinator.

+ Mentor and advise students in the program.

+ Assist students in job placement upon graduation.

+ Attend faculty meetings as determined by the Director of the School of Social Science and Global Studies.

+ Engage in professional development and/or scholarly activities appropriate to the mission of the School, College and University.

+ Provide service to assist the functioning of the School, College, and University.

+ Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school. Current license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction. A minimum of 3 years of experience in the actual practice of law.

Preferred Qualifications

At least 1 year of experience supervising paralegals while practicing law or working as a paralegal. At least 1 year of teaching experience in an American Bar Association approved paralegal studies program.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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