Adjunct Lecturer- School of Law, Howard University, Washington, DC

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Howard University Mission

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information

Adjunct Professors develop a syllabus, learning outcomes, lesson plans, teaching materials, and in-class exercises that are designed to introduce students to the subject matter of the course. Adjunct Professors teach using a variety of methods designed to help students develop their knowledge of the subject matter, as well as develop lawyering skills. Adjunct Professor also develops and grades both formative and summative exercises and/or exams designed to assess both the content and skills taught in the specific course and assign final grades.


  • Juris Doctorate with strong academic credentials.
  • Five years of legal experience with a record of accomplishment in the legal profession.
  • Record showing potential for excellence in teaching.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, student mentoring, and collegiality.
  • Strong interest in, and aptitude for, teaching the subject matter.
  • Ability to contribute to the goals of Howard University School of Law
  • Ability to support the mission of Howard University School of Law

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research, evaluate, and select course texts and other materials for the specified course based on the course description and curricular needs as determined by the full-time faculty.
  • Provide the Associate Dean of Academics with a completed draft syllabus, learning outcomes, and lesson plans for the first two weeks of classes no less than three weeks before the start of the class.
  • If applicable to the course, provide the Associate Dean with a completed draft of the midterm and final exam plus a detailed grading rubric no less than two weeks before the examination. All exam questions must be the original writing of the course instructor except by permission of the Associate Dean.
  • Incorporate feedback from class observations.
  • Dedicate no less than 3-5 hours preparing for each hour of in-class instruction and additional hours for grading and feedback as required.
  • Must be reasonably available throughout the semester to answer student questions, either via email, phone, or in person.
  • Must be available before and during the semester to attend training sessions.
  • Facilitate student learning, provide effective instruction, and perform formative and substantive evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes.
  • Adhere to and enhance provided course syllabus, curriculum, course handouts, lectures, and presentations.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to support the specified academic program, ensuring that student learning outcomes are achieved.
  • Provide prompt and meaningful feedback to students in a fair, objective and consistent manner. Use established rubrics and clear grading criteria.
  • Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations. Submit grades and records by established deadlines.
  • Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times.
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Dean of Academics, Program Director, faculty, staff, and students to advance the mission and academic excellence of the School of Law, in accordance with the mission, values and vision of CU.

Work Contacts: Contacts include Associate Dean of Academics, Program Director, faculty, staff, and students on a regular basis.

Scope of Work: Work is subject to academic review and supports the execution of strategic initiatives of the University. Acts as a subject matter expert. Keeps leaders informed of results, outcomes and obstacles.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: * Juris Doctor degree (J.D. or JD) or Master of Laws (LLM) degree from an accredited law school. * Five years' experience in teaching or working in private, public or non-profit industry related to teaching position.

Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities): * Effective and professional written and verbal communication. * Experience and desire to create an academic environment that respects, includes and enhances diversity of thought and promotes effective consideration of alternative points of view. * Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite and able to effectively use TWEN and other applicable technology on a regular basis. * Possess and demonstrate integrity, judgment, positivity and professionalism.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex,sexual orientation,gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

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