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St. John's University


Assistant Professor of Legal Studies


Queens, NY
ID: 218796-951





Assistant Professor of Legal Studies


The Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security in the Collins College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, commencing September 1, 2022.  The successful applicant will teach in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program.


The Institution


St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.


Commitment to Inclusion

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution.  As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world. 


The College

The Collins College of Professional Studies (CCPS) has the largest undergraduate student body within the University and serves close to 3600 students in 29 undergraduate and 10 graduate degree programs.  For more information about CCPS, please visit

The Division

The Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security has a dynamic practitioner/academic faculty and provides the following relevant programs: an American Bar Association approved paralegal program, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security majors and minors at the undergraduate level and two graduate programs, including a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership and an innovative Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS) in Homeland Security.  Faculty focus on key areas of skill development that include critical thinking, oral and written expression, team membership, leadership and employability readiness. For more information about the Division, please visit


The Program

The successful applicant will teach in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program.  The Legal Studies Program teaches the foundational skills of effective reading of primary legal texts and of legal research, writing and analysis.  And, the Legal Studies Program teaches the knowledge of the law and of legal procedure that is necessary for entry-level work in law-related fields.  The Legal Studies Program offers four program options, a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, a minor and a certificate.  Each of these options is an American Bar Association-approved paralegal education program.  For more information about the Legal Studies Program, see the Legal Studies bachelor’s degree webpage here:



This is a teaching-intensive position (9-12 credit hours per semester) with opportunities for research reductions. Research productivity is important, but secondary to teaching excellence and a strong commitment to student engagement. Division faculty are expected to participate in academic advisement, student mentoring, and other student engagement activities as required by the Chair and/or Dean.



Candidates must be licensed attorneys and must have several years of practical experience as licensed attorneys.  Candidates must have the potential to conduct scholarly legal research.  Such potential can be demonstrated through prior academic publications, prior federal clerkship or state court attorney experience or through prior complex litigation brief writing experience.  And, the candidate must have the self-awareness and humility necessary to successfully transition from their current practice environment to the very different environment of teaching law at the undergraduate level. 


The ideal candidate will be able to support the following activities of the Program: (i) the teaching of legal research, writing and analysis, (ii) the offering of substantive legal courses in a variety of practice areas, (iii) and the advisement of students, including with respect to law school and internships.   The ideal candidate will also have prior teaching experience, will be familiar with technology-supported learning pedagogy, and will be willing to teach both in person and online.


“All persons hired are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law.”

Application Process

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit your letter of interest and CV online.  Three letters of reference will be requested further along in the recruitment process. Questions about the position may be directed via email to Dr. Antoinette Collarini-Schlossberg, Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security.


St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. I understand that any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.


This position is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.