A. The School of Law will be divided into three departments: the Department of Legal Studies, the Department of Clinical Education, and the Department of Lawyering Skills. After consulting with the faculty, the Dean will recommend, and the President will appoint, chairs for each of these departments. The Dean will likely recommend that the Associate Dean be appointed to chair the Department of Legal Studies, the Director of Clinical Education be appointed to chair the Department of Clinical Education, and the Director of Lawyering Skills be appointed to chair the Department of Lawyering Skills.
B. The fact that the School of Law is organized into departments will be virtually invisible to anyone outside of the law school–or, for that matter, to most people inside of the law school. It will have almost no impact on any of the operations of theSchoolofLaw, except in the areas of appointments and promotions. We will not refer to the departments on our website or in any of our publications. The departmental structure is merely a technical, behind-the-scenes means to achieve our goals in a manner that complies with University policies.
C. Except as described below or specifically provided otherwise in a University or law school policy, all faculty working in all departments will have the same rights and responsibilities. The law school faculty will meet as a whole, and all faculty will vote on all matters. All committees will be committees of the entireSchool ofLaw (rather than of individual departments), all committees will be appointed by the Dean, and all faculty will be eligible to serve on all committees. All faculty will carry the rank of “Assistant Professor,” “Associate Professor,” “Professor,” or “Clinical Faculty” as appropriate. (“Clinical Faculty” are non tenure-track faculty positions defined in the UST Faculty Handbook, Chapter 2.I.A.1.g.) All faculty will receive contracts on the same form, and all faculty who receive tenure will receive the same tenure to the University. All of the policies of the University andSchool ofLaw will apply to all faculty in all departments, unless specific exceptions are made in the policies themselves.
D. As to appointments:
E. Generally speaking, promotions and tenure will be handled similarly to appointments:
F. The School of Lawwill pay what is needed to attract strong faculty. If market rates for Legal Studies faculty are higher than those for Clinical Education faculty, or market rates for Clinical Education faculty are higher than those for Lawyering Skills faculty, then the salaries paid by the School of Law will reflect that fact. There is no expectation that an entry-level faculty member in one department will be paid identically to an entry-level faculty member in another department.
G. Likewise, there may be some differences from department to department in summer research stipends, budgets for student research assistance, and professional development accounts, reflecting the fact that one department may have different expectations for its faculty than another department. In general, theSchoolofLawwill strive to provide all faculty with what they need to be successful.
H. A faculty member in one department may teach a course in another department, with the consent of the Associate Dean and the relevant department heads. However, no faculty member has a right to demand to teach a course in another department, and no faculty member has a right to demand a full-time appointment in another department. For example, a member of the Lawyering Skills faculty cannot plead “burn out” and insist on being appointed to the Legal Studies or Clinical Education faculty. Likewise, if the entire Department of Clinical Education was abolished, the faculty in that department would have no right to be appointed to another department. Of course, faculty in one department can always apply for an opening in another department and be considered through the regular appointments process.
I. The Director of Clinical Education and the Director of Lawyering Skills will receive joint appointments to the Department of Legal Studies and to their respective departments.
Adopted by the Law Faculty, July 31, 2002
Amendments Approved by the Law Faculty, August 8, 2002
Placed in catalog, August 12, 2002
Amendments Approved by the Law Faculty, December 5, 2005 and January 23, 2006
Amendments Approved by the Law Faculty, April 30, 2007
Amendments Approved by the Law Faculty, February 7, 2011