Law School Seeks Elite Practitioners as Instructors

The University of Mississippi School of Law seeks elite practitioners as instructors for its third annual Skill Session in January 2015.  These instructors earn the title of adjunct professor and professional skills fellow.

The Session is a two-week long professional skills training program for all law students, 1L to 3L.   Each instructor teaches a three-credit course focused not on substantive doctrine, but on the performance of lawyering tasks – drafting transactional documents, arguing motions, interviewing clients, preparing expert witnesses, etc.    The classes meet four to five hours per day for ten days:  Monday through Friday from January 5 to 16 of 2015.

“The Skill Session embodies the law school’s commitment to graduating students ready to serve clients immediately and effectively,” said Matthew Hall, senior associate dean.  “Along with our range of clinical programs, our journals and our advocacy programs such as moot court, the Skill Session ensures that our graduates leave the law school prepared to engage in the real work of lawyering.”

The law school is looking for practitioners interested in teaching courses in the Skill Session.  Requirements include being committed to train the next generation of lawyers, possessing deep experience in a particular professional skill, and possessing the ability and enthusiasm to translate that experience into a series of concrete exercises.  Those practical exercises must involve the students in a skills “performance” for each day of the Skill Session.

All first year students enroll in Contract Negotiation and Drafting, while second and third year students choose from a variety of electives.  The electives range from Discovery Boot Camp to How to Do a Film Dean and from Lawyers as Entrepreneurs to Municipal Law Practice, allowing upper level students to focus on litigation, transactional work or public service lawyering, and any number of areas including estate planning, real estate, sports law, entertainment law and intellectual property.

“The Skill Session represents a fundamental shift in the law school’s focus – law professors and elite practitioners working side by side to train the next generation of attorneys,” Hall said.

If you are interested in teaching in the January Skill Session, please contact Associate Dean Hall at mrhall@olemiss.edu

For more information and for an application form, please visit our Skill Session page.