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Paralegal Studies Instructor

Application Window

Open date: April 15th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Paralegal Studies Instructor

University of California, Riverside – Extension

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. UCR is a world-class research University with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities’ air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UCR Extension is the continuing and professional education division of the University of California, Riverside offering over 80 programs and certificates to domestic and international students. This is a continuous recruitment for part-time instructors to teach one or more courses in Extension’s Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies, the only American Bar Association-approved program in the Inland Empire. The Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies resides in the Department of Professional Programs. Curriculum for this program is designed to teach adult learners’ legal theory and includes practical application during an optional internship. Classes are 6-10 weeks in length and average four teaching hours per week. Courses in this program are offered synchronously online and in-person. Courses are typically scheduled in the early evenings, Monday through Friday, and occasionally on Saturdays. Please note due to COVID-19, in-person courses are not being offered at this time. All courses are currently being offered online. Courses include:

Fundamentals of Law for the Legal Professional
Legal Research and Writing I & II
Civil Litigation and Procedures
Tort Law
Ethics for the Legal Professional
Contract Law
Insurance Law
E-Discovery for Paralegals
Local Government Law for Paralegals
Intellectual Property Law for Paralegal Professionals
Business Law
California Water Law
Computer Legal Research Using LexisNexis
Constitutional Law
Construction Law
Criminal Law for Paralegals
Elder Law
Employment Law
Family Law
Immigration and Naturalization Law and Procedure
Paralegal Internship
Probate Practices and Procedures
Real Property Law
Rules of Evidence
Trial Preparation
Law Office Procedures, Systems, and Technology
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bankruptcy Law and Procedure
The Art of Writing Persuasive Legal Motions
Healthcare Law for the Legal Professional
Project Management for the Paralegal
Alternative Dispute Resolution for Paralegals

Responsibilities Include:
• Provide instruction in accordance with the established instructional agreement, curriculum outlines and class schedules provided by University Extension.
• Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline the grading policies of the course.
• Work in conjunction with collaborative partners and subject matter experts in order to ensure that course information is current.
• Participate in scheduled orientations, meetings, and mandatory training programs by UCR’s established deadlines.
• Maintain timely and accurate academic records within the learning management system and submit timely and accurate documentation as outlined in the instructional agreement.
• Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct.

Minimum Requirements:
• Advanced degree in Law or a related field, or equivalent experience.
• Five years of related work experience.
• Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
• Ability to provide instruction online and in-person.
• Authorization to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience teaching adult learners.
• Experience with curriculum development and course design.
• Experience teaching online courses using Canvas.
• Ability to teach a wide range of courses.
• Commitment to diversity and the University’s mission.

Application Information:
To apply please visit This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. The interview process may include a teaching demonstration. For more information about UCR Extension, please visit

Employment Information:
Instructional agreements are made on a course by course basis at the discretion of the University with no guarantee to teach future courses. This part-time position has no benefits but participates in the University of California Defined Contribution Plan. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)

Job location

Riverside, CA