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Faculty - Commonwealth Law School

Apply now Job no: 492756
Work type: Tenure track faculty
Location: Harrisburg
Categories: Faculty

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

Widener University is currently seeking two entry-level and pre-tenure lateral tenure track faculty members for Commonwealth Law School beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year. Reporting to the Dean of the Law School, successful candidates will teach first-year, upper division required, and elective classes, engage in scholarship, and provide service to the Law School and the community. Interest areas include Civil Procedure, Contracts, Legal Methods, Academic Support, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, and Wills & Trusts but the Law School may hire faculty in any subject area or category based on a candidate’s overall strength.

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. Commonwealth Law School holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty and staff are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council. We welcome applications from persons of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other members of historically disadvantaged groups.

Established in 1989, Widener Law Commonwealth is an independently accredited law school within Widener University. Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Law School’s location in the capital of Pennsylvania provides impactful experiences for both our students and faculty. The law school is situated in one of the fastest growing areas of the state. Harrisburg provides many cultural amenities and outstanding access to outdoor activities. Additionally, it provides a reasonable cost of living and a strong job market.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Teach first-year, upper division required, and elective classes both in the day and evening
  • Engage in scholarship
  • Provide service to the Law School and the community

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Advise students and student organizations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


  • Must possess a JD degree or its equivalent
  • Strong academic background
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching
  • Demonstrated potential to be a productive scholar


  • Full-time or adjunct law school teaching experience


  •  Must be available to teach day and evening division courses

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at


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