School of Law Faculty Positions

Open Positions

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks candidates for a full-time faculty position to teach Legal Writing along with other courses in its J.D. program. We are deeply committed to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, and we are particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of our faculty. 

Legal Writing faculty are fully engaged members of the St. John’s Law community. The starting salary for new Legal Writing and tenure-track faculty is the same. All faculty, including professors who teach Legal Writing, are able to hire research and teaching assistants, participate in faculty colloquia, receive support for academic travel, and are eligible for summer research grants and publication awards. They are encouraged to undertake scholarship and are supported in doing so. They participate in committees, hold administrative positions, and engage in other aspects of shared governance.  

St. John’s Law has a robust program in writing and skills development. The first-year Legal Writing course, which covers legal analysis, writing, and research, is this program’s cornerstone. During the professor’s first year of appointment, the professor will teach one section (approximately 30-35 students) of Legal Writing, a course taught in each of the fall and spring semesters for a total of 4 credits. The class meets twice weekly. In the professor’s second year, the professor will teach additional courses, building up to a teaching load of one section of Legal Writing each semester, as well as 4 additional credits per year by the professor’s third year.  A candidate hired as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing will be given a one-year renewable contract that can ultimately lead to a seven-year presumptively renewable contract.   

Candidates should have demonstrated potential for teaching excellence, service, scholarly achievement, and a record of inclusion.  

St. John’s Law School is located in New York City in the borough of Queens, one of the most diverse urban communities in the United States. We have a vibrant student body, high bar passage and employment rates, and a collegial and supportive community. St. John’s Law School is part of St. John’s University, a Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan, and global institution with campuses in New York, Rome, and Paris that is committed to academic excellence and service to those lacking economic, physical, or social advantages. St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, disability, religion, age, status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status), marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or any other classification protected under federal, state, or local law.  

In compliance with New York City’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual hire-on rate for entry-level assistant professors is $140,000 - $150,000, plus additional compensation in the form of summer research stipends and supplemental publication awards. Compensation for lateral candidates coming from faculty positions at other law schools is commensurate with the candidate’s experience. St. John's University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.  

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, the names of three references, and teaching evaluations (if available). Please send materials in a single PDF to Claire Pollicino, Director of Special Projects, at [email protected]. Inquiries may also be directed to Professor John Q. Barrett, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee at [email protected] and Vice Dean Rachel H. Smith at [email protected].