Lecturer in Law
University of California Berkeley
United States

Lecturer in Law 

Job #JPF04418
  • Law / School of Law / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Lecturer
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for these positions: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/july-2023-acad-salary-scales/t15.pdf. The current full-time salary range for these positions is $66,259 - $186,446.
Percent time: Generally part-time; 5 - 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024 or later
Review timeline: Completed applications will be reviewed when openings arise. Appointments for the fall semester are usually reviewed in January and for the spring semester in July. Applicants who remain interested in consideration after the final deadline will need to submit a new application.
Position duration: Positions may be for one semester or for the full academic year, with the possibility of renewal. Appointments may be renewed based on need, funding, and performance.

Application Window

Open date: April 29, 2024

Next review date: Monday, May 13, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Apr 28, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Berkeley Law is generating an applicant pool of qualified instructors to teach courses in our Legal Studies program should openings arise.

Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that engages the meanings, values, practices, and institutions of law and legality. The faculty of Berkeley Law’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (JSP) has primary responsibility for the Legal Studies program at UC Berkeley. JSP faculty and other Law faculty teach a curriculum that examines how law shapes, and is shaped by, political, economic, and cultural forces. The major is designed to stimulate critical understanding of and inquiry about the theoretical frameworks, historical dynamics, and cultural embeddedness of law.

General Duties: In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website.

To receive full consideration for any openings please submit a complete application. Completed applications will be reviewed when openings arise.

Candidates who are interested in remaining in the pool after the final date will need to submit a new application.

Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching.

UC Lecturers are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by the American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

Curricular Details: http://legalstudies.berkeley.edu


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

J.D. degree or equivalent international degree, or Ph.D. degree or enrollment in a Ph.D. degree (or international equivalent) program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent international degree is required by start date. Experience teaching at the postsecondary level is required by start date.

Preferred qualifications

Excellent student evaluations as primary instructor of an undergraduate course at an accredited university. Expertise in one or more areas of the legal studies curriculum (I. Crime, Law and Social Control; II. Law and Culture; III. Law and Markets; IV. Law, Rights, and Social Change; V. Law and Sovereignty).

Application Requirements

Document requirements

Teaching evaluations and or additional materials may be requested of top candidates.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Teaching - Written statement of no more than 500 words explaining expertise and interest in teaching legal studies courses.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Course Evaluations - As evidence of teaching quality, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit up to three sets of course evaluations.

  • Course Evaluations (Optional)

  • Course Evaluations (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Berkeley Law has a very diverse student body. Please provide a statement describing how you approach teaching to provide a fair and inclusive learning environment and support students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. If you have not taught previously, please describe how you have approached working with or managing people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. For additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity.

    This Statement on Contributions to Support of Diversity is not required. However, ability and skill in teaching and working with our diverse student body and in an environment characterized by diversity in all dimensions are factors considered in evaluation of candidates applying to teach at Berkeley Law.

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Letters of reference may be requested of top candidates.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF04418

Help contact: academicpositions@law.berkeley.edu

About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


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