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Pepperdine University position(s) at the Caruso School of Law:

  Adjunct Professor of Law

Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law is seeking appointments for Adjunct Professors of Law. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis depending on curriculum needs.

The Caruso School of Law welcomes applications from people of all faiths and is particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who may bring greater racial, ethnic, and gender diversity to the adjunct faculty to reflect the breadth and diversity of the legal community in the Los Angeles area. Applicants must have an excellent academic background, five or more years of post-J.D. legal experience in a specialized area of law practice, and support the goals and mission of the University. Teaching experience is preferred.

To apply, please fill out this form, which calls for your current curriculum vitae; a cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy, support of the University's mission, and the area in which you would like to teach; and a list of references. Applicants are also encouraged to upload an optional statement addressing potential contributions to diversity through teaching, service, and/or research. Successful candidates will teach courses mutually agreed upon during the fall or spring semester. Please note that curricular needs vary each semester.

Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
310.506.7110

  Pepperdine Caruso Law Fellowship

The Pepperdine Caruso Law Fellowship is designed to assist attorneys with backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the legal academy to pursue a full-time legal academic tenure-track career. The fellowship is a two-year appointment that will provide such attorneys with the time and resources to obtain the skills needed to successfully transition to a tenure-track legal academic position.

Fellows will have ample time to pursue scholarly projects. They will be fully integrated into the faculty community and will be invited to attend and actively participate in all faculty presentations and workshops. Fellows will also have the opportunity to present a paper to the faculty and receive feedback in preparation for the entry-level job market. Fellows will also receive financial support for their scholarship including access to research assistants as well as funds to travel to and attend conferences. This is a full-time position, and Fellows will be expected to be in full-time residence at Pepperdine Caruso Law during the academic year.   

In the first year, Fellows will teach one doctrinal course in a subject selected in consultation with the Academic Dean. This will provide the fellow with the opportunity to obtain teaching experience, as well as receive feedback on and mentoring in teaching. In the second year, Fellows will further develop their teaching skills by teaching the same doctrinal course for a second time, as well as an additional course on a topic of their choosing in consultation with the Academic Dean. 

Fellows will also be assigned one or more faculty mentors to help shepherd them through the transition to academic life with regard to both teaching and scholarship.

The position is designed for Fellows to apply for full-time tenure-track legal academic positions during the fall semester of the second year of the fellowship. Fellows would remain eligible to apply to a full-time position at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law as part of a national search. 

The salary for the position will be competitive with well-regarded law fellowship and VAP programs.  

Fellowship Application Process 

Review of applications for fellowships will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Donald "Trey" Childress III, chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at lawfacapps@pepperdine.edu.

  Visiting Professors

Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law is seeking appointments for Visiting Professors. The position is a full-time, non-tenured position to last at least one academic semester. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis depending on curriculum needs.

To apply, send the following documents to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at jason.jarvis@pepperdine.edu; current curriculum vitae; a cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy, support of the University's mission, and the area in which you would like to teach; and a list of references. Applicants are also encouraged to send an optional statement addressing potential contributions to diversity through teaching, service, and/or research. Successful candidates will teach courses mutually agreed upon during the fall or spring semester. Please note that curricular needs vary each semester.

Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
310.506.7110

  Straus Law & Practice

 Assistant Professor of Law and Practice, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law’s top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is seeking an Assistant Professor of Law and Practice.  This position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position with teaching, training and administrative duties.  The successful candidate will have meaningful practical expertise as a lawyer and as a neutral in dispute resolution as well as a passion for sharing that expertise with law students and the many active lawyers and judges who pursue advanced degrees or skills training at the Straus Institute.  The position will support the administration of the Straus Institute through advising, mentoring, and recruiting its students; representing the Institute at conferences; helping conduct skills-based training seminars; and teaching courses in the academic curriculum.  Specific expectations, including courses and teaching load, will be determined by Straus leadership with the agreement of the Caruso School of Law administration.

To apply, send the following documents to the chair of the search committee Thomas.Stipanowich@pepperdine.edu by September 30, 2022:

(1) Your curriculum vitae; (2) a cover letter that summarizes your relevant practical experience and your areas of interest in dispute resolution, your teaching experience and philosophy, and your support for the University mission; and (3) a list of references.  

Successful candidates will receive a renewable one-year faculty contract, and are eligible for longer-term contracts after two years.

 


The Caruso School of Law is an ABA-accredited, AALS member law school located in Malibu, California. The Caruso School of Law is a welcoming place and includes a diversity of faith traditions among the faculty. We expect faculty members, including fellows, to be active members of a community of faith; to be good role models for students; and to exhibit excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. We welcome applications from people of all faiths and are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who would contribute to the diversity and excellence of the faculty. For more information, read the full School of Law mission statement.

Pepperdine University is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, disability, prior military service or sexual orientation. Pepperdine University is an independent Christian university affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence where students are trained for lives of service, purpose, and leadership. Pepperdine reserves the right to seek, hire and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists.