Law Teachers, Postsecondary

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About the Job

Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

It is also Called

  • Torts Law Professor
  • Professor of Legal Studies
  • Professor of Law
  • Professor
  • Paralegal Instructor
  • Media Law Faculty Member
  • Legal Writing Professor
  • Legal Research and Writing Program Director
  • Lecturer
  • Law Professor
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What They Do

  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Assign cases for students to hear and try.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SIE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $96,880

Outlook

1.93%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 570 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 680 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 11 openings due to growth and about 9 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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