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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 strongly preferred.

To apply, send the following documents to the Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at naomi.goodno@pepperdine.edu; current curriculum vitae; a cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy, support of the University goals, 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
310.506.4676

  Legal Research and Writing Professors

Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law is seeking two full-time Legal Research and Writing professors to join our collaborative LRW faculty team beginning in fall 2022. The LRW faculty creates all course materials together and provides each other with significant support. The position comes with a market-competitive salary, employment benefits, and typically carries the initial title of Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing. The position is part of a well-defined Legal Research and Writing career track with voting rights, eligibility for promotion, and opportunities for renewable multi-year contracts.   

Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, possess excellent academic credentials, be committed to teaching Legal Research and Writing, and support the goals and mission of the University.  Applicants should have at least two years, ideally four years, of post-J.D. experience in a position or positions requiring substantial legal writing.

Review of applications will begin February 18, 2022 and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

To apply send the following documents to lrw.pepperdinelaw@gmail.com

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample
  • List of references
  • A cover letter describing how you could support or contribute to the distinctive mission of the University and the School of Law

For further information, please contact Professor Victoria Schwartz, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, at lrwfacapps@pepperdine.edu.

  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 will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Victoria Schwartz, chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at lawfacapps@pepperdine.edu

 Applications should include:

  • a resume
  • a list of references, including academic references
  • a law school transcript
  • a copy of (or link to) a sample of a published work or other writing in law or a related field
  • a research plan describing the candidate's scholarly interests, including the specific project(s) the candidate aims to complete while in residence at the law school
  • a personal statement describing (a) how you could contribute to the distinctive mission of the University and the School of Law; (b) your current active membership, if any, within a faith community, and (c) how you could contribute to the Caruso School of Law’s goals of providing opportunities for attorneys with backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the legal academy
  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 Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at naomi.goodno@pepperdine.edu; current curriculum vitae; a cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy, support of the University goals, 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
310.506.4676

 


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.