Northwestern Law is doing something different.
The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for three full-time faculty positions in its Master of Science in Law program, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022. Candidates will be considered for appointment on the law school’s lecturer track (Lecturer or Senior Lecturer); these positions are not tenure-eligible.
The Master of Science in Law (MSL) is an innovative legal master’s degree offered by the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. This program is geared specifically towards STEM professionals who are interested in topics at the intersection of law, regulation, business, and policy. The residential full-time program began in 2014; the online part-time format was added in 2017. The MSL program has a diverse student body, with both domestic and international students, and students of different ages, levels of work experience, backgrounds, race and ethnicity, and career goals. There are currently over 200 students enrolled and the program has over 400 alumni. Graduates of the MSL work in a variety of industries, including consulting, finance, pharma, biotech, engineering, healthcare, and law (including intellectual property, legal operations, and others); some go on to further study in medicine, business, law, and other fields.
The duties of the positions include teaching a full-time load of courses each year within both formats (residential and online) of the MSL program; there may also be the opportunity to teach in the JD program. Administrative responsibilities of the positions include advising and recruiting students. We seek applicants with a record of or potential for excellence in teaching, an aptitude for mentoring students regarding academic and career goals, and the ability to work collaboratively with others.
Preferred qualifications include a JD and 3-5 years of experience teaching or working in a field relevant to the MSL curriculum, such as a legal, business, entrepreneurship, or regulatory setting. In addition, we seek applicants who have experience with or interest in working with international students and global issues.
The MSL is an important manifestation of the Law School’s commitment to programs at the interface of law, business, and STEM. While MSL classes are separate from JD classes, they are taught by the same faculty and often cover similar topics. MSL students are well-integrated into the life of the law school; their presence enhances the learning environment for all law students.
The MSL curriculum clusters in four main areas: business, regulation, intellectual property, and skills development. Classes cover a wide variety of topics at the law-business-STEM interface, such as privacy, patent design, health and medicine, IP strategy, entrepreneurship, data security and breach, and regulation of STEM industries. Students in the MSL also take classes that focus on developing communication and quantitative skills.
We welcome applicants who can teach a variety of courses across the MSL curriculum; we have a particular interest in applicants who can teach courses in business law, intellectual property, legislation and regulation, ethics, and professional communication/skills (including writing, research, etc.).
Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter explaining interest in the position through
Northwestern’s online application system at this link. Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 8, 2022.
To learn more about the MSL program, please see the law school’s MSL website. A copy of the MSL curriculum can be found online here.
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