The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Criminal Law Faculty Position, School of Government

Background:  Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government UNC-Chapel Hill has 46 faculty members and its mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians through engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School’s mission and history, visit (

Faculty Position: The UNC School of Government seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor to specialize in criminal law. Public officials, rather than degree-seeking students, are the principal audience for the School’s work, and this position will bear primary responsibility for educating North Carolina’s superior court judges on criminal law, criminal procedure, and related legal topics. The position occasionally will be expected to work with other groups of judicial officials, including magistrates and clerks of court. This position will require expertise in all aspects of criminal law, including pretrial procedure, guilty pleas, and felony jury trial procedure. Expertise in the law of evidence is also important. 

The duties of the position include:

  • Participating in the planning of, and teaching in, an annual orientation course for new superior court judges.
  • Participating in the planning of, and teaching in, two annual conferences for all superior court judges.
  • Planning and teaching in courses for superior court judges offered through the North Carolina Judicial College – for example, courses on criminal procedure or evidence.
  • Occasional teaching in courses for other judicial officials – for example, teaching at a conference for district court judges or in an orientation course for new magistrates.
  • Advising superior court judges and other judicial officials by telephone and email, typically about difficult legal issues presented in pending cases.
  • Writing practical scholarship that helps superior court judges and other judicial officials do their jobs more accurately, fairly, and efficiently. Such scholarship may include case and legislative summaries, books, articles, and blog posts, and may build on existing resources offered to judicial officials or may represent entirely new resources.

In addition to working with judicial officials, this position is likely to interact frequently with the media, law enforcement, legislators, advocates, and other stakeholders. Work at the School is collaborative in nature, and this position will have frequent contact with other faculty and staff who work in criminal law and with court officials.

Work is centered in Chapel Hill, but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than for the 9-month academic year).

The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page:

Qualifications and experience: J.D., Excellent writing skills, strong academic background, and a commitment to public service required. A record of, or demonstrated potential for, teaching, advising, and scholarship required. Experience in criminal law is preferred.

Application: Position will remain open until filled. Expected starting date of January 1, 2020. To apply, submit a resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter describing your interest in the position at 

For more information, contact the recruiting committee chair: Aimee Wall, School of Government; CB# 3330, Knapp-Sanders Building; UNC Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330 or

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.