Lecturer in Law
University of Southern California
United States

Lecturer in Law

USC Gould School of Law is seeking an adjunct lecturer to teach an undergraduate law class, Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, for the fall 2024 semester, from August 26 to December 6, 2024 (final exam period from Wed-Wed, Dec 11-18). The class is scheduled to be held on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00AM to 11:50AM.  


Candidates must have a JD and strong legal professional backgrounds in the relevant subject matter, preferably with teaching experience. The course will be taught exclusively to enrolled undergraduate students.


Cybersecurity & Cybercrime is an undergraduate law course that studies the growing sophistication cyberattacks against individuals, companies, cities, and even entire countries, and the emerging policies addressing cybercrime. Through analyzing existing laws and case studies, and creating hypotheticals in class, students will emerge from the course understanding the difficulty of regulating computer crime(s) on the internet and how these crimes affect society as a whole.


Topics throughout the semester include how lawmakers and prosecutors define cybercrime, notorious instances of system hacks, digital forensics, jurisdictional issues in prosecuting cybercrime, and punishment for virtual actions, among other topics. The course will also ask students to consider these issues from the perspective of law enforcement, and study the logistics of how evidence of cybercrime is collected, and how authorities track down, or fail to find, virtual presences linked to major cybercrimes.


Upon completion of this course, students will understand how cybercrime impacts different organizations, society and various fields of study; from the value of employee training measures to combat phishing in large companies, to working in law enforcement with an informed understanding of systems that enable human trafficking for example. Ultimately, students will strive to understand justice and ethics in the context of changing technology.


This class may be postponed to a later semester if there are fewer than 6 students enrolled.


Undergraduate Academic Calendar for Fall 2024:

68 instructional days

Classes Begin                    Mon, August 26

Labor Day                           Mon, September 2

Fall Recess                         Thu-Fri  October 10-11

Veterans Day                    Mon, November 11

Thanksgiving Holiday      Wed-Sun, November 27-December 1

Classes End                        Fri, December 6

Study Days                         Sat-Tue, December 7-10

Exams                                 Wed-Wed, December 11-18

Final Grading Deadline   TBD


USC reserves the “Adjunct” appointment for faculty teaching less than full-time at USC, who are employed full-time in a primary profession or career elsewhere. Adjunct faculty typically teach only one course per year but, in exceptional cases, may teach one course per semester, if approved by the dean.


The base salary range for this position is $8,928  - $13,000 per semester. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the number of units per course, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.


Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity, and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law. Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles is influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions. At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.

REQ20147003 Posted Date: 03/24/2024

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