Department of Legal Studies

The need for professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the law is growing and those prepared to help others navigate the complex world of regulations and individual rights are in demand.

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Legal Studies Faculty Position

Legal Studies, an interdisciplinary department in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), seeks applications for a VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position with expertise in the field of legal studies. The position will begin on August 16, 2015 for 9 months with a possible extension for a second 9 months.

Candidates must hold either a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school or a Ph.D. in a related discipline. The candidate must be willing to work as a member of a collegial, interdisciplinary faculty and must be able to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level with expertise in one or more of the following areas: legal research, writing, and analysis, juvenile law, law and poverty, philosophy of law, constitutional law, or additional areas relevant to an interdisciplinary legal studies program. Teaching experience at the college or university level is required. Candidates must be willing to teach in both an on campus and online format; prior online teaching experience is a plus.

APPLICATION: To apply, go to the UIS job board and then to the Legal Studies position, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload a letter of application, vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three professional references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials will be considered. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search, applicants are asked to upload their own materials.

Review of applications will begin April 6, 2015 and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Free Online Course on the Innocence Movement

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Innocence Movement is being offered by UIS Legal Studies Assistant Professor Gwen Jordan.  The Innocence Movement MOOC is a free, six-week course which begins on February 2, 2015.  The course is designed to introduce and educate members of the public about the serious issues of wrongful conviction, the work of the innocence movement, and strategies to prevent wrongful convictions in the future.  Currently no academic or continuing education credit is awarded for MOOCs offered at UIS.  Registration information can be found at: