The Dickson Poon School of Law is seeking to appoint a Lecturer to join its core team for Professional Legal Education. This is a post on the Academic Education Pathway, which emphasises teaching, scholarship and innovation. Successful candidates will have excellent teaching and course design skills, in particular in Contract Law and Tort Law, as well as experience working in the legal profession.
The successful candidate will be responsible, as part of a new team, for the design and delivery of innovative, practice-oriented programmes in core and specialist areas of Law and Legal Practice, including modules in connected Business and technical disciplines. It will also support the extra-curricular skills programmes.
The programmes undertaken will include, inter alia, post-graduate programmes and short courses, with an overall focus on cutting-edge knowledge and skills for professionals at all levels of legal practice.
The successful candidate will be responsible to the Executive Dean.
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world. It is ranked 15th in the world and 4th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings for Law 2020. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, research in the School was rated as number one in the UK.
The Dickson Poon School of Law embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We attract students and staff from across the world, from many different backgrounds, with a variety of ethnicities, religions, and sexual and gender identities. We promote flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion. We particularly encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and from candidates who are LGBTQ+ and/or have a disability.
The Dickson Poon School of Law is housed in the East Wing of Somerset House, a Grade One listed building, on the College’s Strand Campus, no more than a couple of minutes’ walk from the Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court and midway between Westminster and the City of London. The School’s location has always enabled it to have excellent contacts with practitioners and policy-makers, and there is a strong tradition of engagement with the legal profession.
The Dickson Poon School of Law has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the laws of England and Wales, European, International and Transnational Law. The School’s research interests cover all areas of public and private law and include the philosophy and sociology of law as well as doctrinal, empirical, historical, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of law. Its educational offering covers a broad range of legal disciplines and is home to a vibrant postgraduate research community. It also has a Professional Law Institute and a Legal Clinic.
Of particular relevance to this role are the School’s Professional Law Institute (which provides a focal point for its practice-based education, research and civic engagement, as well as strengthening our connections to practitioners and stakeholder institutions in the heart of legal London) and its Legal Clinic (which aims to improve access to justice through a range of activities, including the provision of free legal advice to members of the public through its Legal Advice Clinic).
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.
This is a full-time post.
• To work with the Director of Professional Legal Education, to design, develop and deliver range of innovative, practice-oriented, programmes of study to provide high quality education and skills training for aspiring and practising legal professionals
• To teach and lecture on a variety of modules through on-campus and online lectures, seminars, and guided study sessions, in particular in Contract Law and Tort Law,
• To provide support for students during their career progression
• To assist in the creation of relationships with leading legal institutions
• To design and teach short courses for practising legal professionals on cutting-edge issues in legal practice
• To undertake administrative duties as required for the facilitation of the Professional Law Institute at The Dickson Poon School of Law
The role holder will be responsible for, inter alia:
• Assisting in the development of a varied range of professional legal practice programmes fit for the needs of lawyers at all stages of education and practice
• Designing, developing and delivering problem-based, practice-oriented modules and courses in core areas of substantive and procedural law, in particular in Contract Law and Tort Law, and connected disciplines such as IT and Business as part of programmes of study for lawyer qualification and professional development
• Developing innovative teaching methods and designing and setting assessments that test and develop both substantive legal knowledge and practical skills relevant to professional practice.
• Lecturing, leading seminars, and tutorials in face-to-face, online and blended learning teaching environments
• Taking an active role in the Quality Assurance and internal programme review processes to help ensure that the highest standards of teaching and curriculum content are met
• The timely marking and second-marking of assessments, providing thorough feedback on students’ work in accordance with the relevant internal frameworks and marking guidelines
• The oversight and supervision of visiting staff on modules within the responsibility of the role holder, ensuring teaching quality is of the highest standards
• Attending and reporting to College and Faculty committees
• Representing The Dickson Poon School of Law through attendance at relevant professional and academic conferences
• Undertaking a range of administrative duties that arise from the design, teaching, assessment and management of the modules within the responsibility of the role holder
• Maintaining engagement with law firms, chambers, regulators and other industry stakeholders to ensure the currency of each programme / module
• Research and development in the creation of international partnerships with institutions and regulators for the facilitation of transferable qualifications
Skills, knowledge, and experience
• First degree in law or CPE/GDL
• Professional qualification in law
• Understanding of current issues in higher education and vocational training in relation to law and legal practice and of trends and innovations in the way legal services are delivered
• Excellent teaching skills and experience eof face-to-face and online learning environments as a tutor or module leader
• Experience in planning, developing and teaching online and face-to-face PG and UG-level modules for Law students and of professional legal education
• The ability to design innovative modules for practice-oriented programmes of study in Law in face-to-face and online environments
• The ability to teach Contract Law and Tort Law, along with other substantive and procedural law subjects required for professional legal qualification
• Competence with electronic learning platforms and other IT skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to prepare teaching materials and skills in providing student feedback and assessing work
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships, to work to and meet deadlines, to work on own initiative and as part of a team
• Excellent administration skills and a professional approach and a willingness to contribute to the School’s culture of collaboration
• Knowledge of / teaching experience in specialist legal disciplines at postgraduate level or as part of professional practice programmes
• Ability to contribute more widely to the teaching of the core undergraduate law curriculum
• Excellent IT skills including knowledge of course creation and delivery on Moodle or similar VLE
• Demonstration of experience in developing creating teaching methods
• Experience of educating students with diverse cultural backgrounds
The selection process will include a panel interview and a teaching presentation as part of the interview. Interviews will be held in April 2021.