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Legal Studies Lecturer Pool (Ongoing)

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer of Legal Studies
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience and the particular courses the lecturer is appointed to teach. Compensation for Summer Session courses may vary from courses taught during the academic year.
Percent time: Variable, based on the course load assigned.
Anticipated start: Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s instructional need and the availability of funding. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments made in winter 2022 through winter quarter 2023. Initial appointments with effective dates outside of this recruitment period will require an alternative open recruitment.
Position duration: Appointments are typically made during one or more quarters of the regular academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), but they may also be made during Summer Session.

Application Window

Open October 27, 2021 through Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by October 26, 2022, you will have until November 9, 2022 to complete your application.

Position description

The Legal Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of part-time lecturers who may be appointed to teach courses in the program’s undergraduate curriculum at the lower or upper division level consistent with the program's curricular offerings. Courses may include Legal Studies 10- Introduction to the Legal Process, theory themed courses, public law and institutions themed courses, law and society themed courses, and Senior Capstone courses.

The Legal Studies Program, which is administered by the Politics Department, is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that seeks to integrate the study of law and legal issues through the contributions of such fields as politics, philosophy, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, feminist studies, and environmental studies.

We look for candidates with expertise in any of the following areas: comparative and international law, human rights, legal theory, race and gender and the law, environmental law, public law and institutions, and law and society. Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: A Ph.D. in a relevant social science or humanities related field, demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary law-related issues, and/or a combination of training in law and a relevant discipline.

The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching and other assigned duties.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

M.A. (or equivalent foreign degree) in social sciences or humanities related field or a J.D. (or equivalent foreign degree).

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Teaching Statement - A brief description of your experience and range of teaching experience (if applicable) and your teaching philosophy.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

  • Sample Course Syllabus (Optional)

  • Sample Course Syllabus (Optional)

  • Sample Course Syllabus (Optional)

  • Course Evaluations (set 1 of 3) (Optional)

  • Course Evaluations (set 2 of 3) (Optional)

  • Course Evaluations (set 3 of 3) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Campus Information

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California