Friday, September 19, 2014
Please welcome Kandace Kukas to ASP work at Western New England. Her faculty profile can be found on the faculty page at WNE at Faculty Profiles WNE - Kandace Kukas. Here is a short bio for her:
Kandace Kukas is the new Assistant Dean and Director of Bar Admission Programs at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. Kandace started July 1st and jumped right in to working with the class of 2014. She is responsible for creating a comprehensive bar admission program working with the entire School of Law community. For the previous 17 years she worked in test preparation and the last 9 in bar review.
When you see Kandace at a workshop or conference, please give her a warm welcome to our ASP community. (Amy Jarmon)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
ASP professionals working at law schools can sign up for the academic support listserv. Members of the listserv can post resources for others and post questions to solicit colleagues' advice. Thank you to Louis Schulze for sending the instructions to share with those who are not currently on the listserv:
To sign up for the ASP listserv, follow these steps:
Address email to email@example.com
In the body of the message enter: subscribe list_name your_first_name your_last_name title school_name
list_name is the name of the list you wish to subscribe to,
your_first_name is your first name,
your_last_name is your last name
title and school_name are optional
If this does not result in a subscription email in one week, people should contact Lawrence Adameic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Most of you are well within your first month of law school and may have had your first quiz or a writing assignment which may have made you question your decision to be in law school. It’s understandable but don’t be too hard on yourself. Keep in mind that if you already had all of the answers, then you wouldn’t be in law school. You are here to learn, so be open to letting others (your professors, administrators, upper class men) help you navigate this new path. Below are a few tips on navigating your new path.
1) I’m sure that many of you have been told that it’s important to be active readers in law school and not just passively read the cases. In case you’re still trying to figure out what that means, here are a few suggestions to help become an active reader. Read with a purpose. Know why you are reading a particular case and how it fits within the big picture. You may want to consult the table of contents or the course syllabus to figure out what topic or issue the case will address. Once you have an idea of what to look for in a case, you may consider referring to an outside source (a study aid) to gain some general knowledge about the term. As you read your cases, keep the issue at the forefront of your mind to anchor your thinking. Ask yourself as you read the case, what does this case tell me about this issue (the anchor)? Is the court explaining the issue? Is it dividing the issue into elements or explaining one of the elements? Try to figure out what the court is doing? Is it creating a new rule, rejecting an old rule or explaining or redefining an existing rule?
2) If you have an upcoming quiz or test, I would strongly suggest that you test your understanding of concepts you covered in class prior to taking the quiz. There are several ways to test your knowledge. For example, after you’ve read a series of cases on a particular rule, try to create your own hypothetical to explain how a rule or element is applied. Include a sentence or two on the relevant facts to aid in your explanation and note which facts trigger each issue or element. Also, you can use study aids such as Examples and Explanations to find practice questions on a discrete topic. The point is you should not enter any quiz, assessment, or exam without having tested your understanding of the material and without having completed at least one or two practice questions.
3) After you’ve taken a quiz or exam, you must review your exam. If you are not happy with the grade that you received, you must make an appointment to review your answers with your professors. Before going to your professor’s office, I would caution you to review your answers first. Otherwise, you run the risk of not getting the most out of your meeting. Review your notes and your outline and determine for yourself where the weak areas are or what you could have strengthened. Then take your assessment to your professor and ask for her opinion on your work.
4) Finally, another way to work on developing a deeper understanding of the material is to talk it out with others. If you are not a study group person, consider a study buddy. There is value in discussing difficult concepts with your colleagues. Your classmate may have picked up on something in the case that you missed or may be able to explain the rule to you in a way you hadn’t considered or vice versa. Also, you are more likely to notice gaps in your knowledge when you discuss cases and rules with your colleagues. Lastly, there is safety in numbers. If you and your study buddy or study group don’t understand a particular rule you can make an appointment with the professor together and support each other. You don’t have to go at it alone.
Happy studying! (LMV)
 For more tips on case reading and genral study advice see Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor, Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School (Carolina Academic Press 2001)
The following announcement is from Joyce Savio Herleth, Chair of the Awards Committee for the section:
The Awards Committee for the AALS Section on Academic Support is soliciting nominations for our section award. The Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support’s Award will be presented at the January 2015 AALS meeting and will be awarded to an outstanding member of the ASP community. Please review the eligibility and criteria information below and send nominations directly to Awards Committee Chair, Joyce Savio Herleth via email email@example.com. The deadline to submit nominations is October 1, 2014 at 5pm PDT. For a nomination to be considered, it must include (at a minimum) a one to two paragraph explanation of why the nominee is deserving of the award. Only AALS ASP Section members may make nominations, but all those within the ASP community may be nominated. Membership in the section is free and can be processed within minutes at AALS Section Membership. For detailed instructions on how to become a member, please view this page: https://memberaccess.aals.org/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AALS&WebKey=87e3b982-657e-4a7c-be71-33605903d797.
Eligibility and Criteria for Selection. The eligible nominees for the Award will be Section members and any other individuals who have made significant or long-term contributions to the development of the field of law student academic support. All legal educators, regardless of the nature or longevity of their appointment or position, who have at some point in their careers worked part-time or full-time in academic support are eligible for the Award. The Award will be granted to recognize those who have made such contributions through any combination of the following activities: assumption of leadership roles in the ASP community; support to and mentoring of colleagues; service to institutions, including but not limited to schools, the ASP Section, and to other organizations; expansion of legal opportunities to traditionally underserved segments of society; teaching and presenting; and scholarship, both traditional and creative.
Law schools, institutions, or organizations cannot receive an award. Prior year or current year Section officers are excluded from being selected as an award winner.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Even though the semester is still new, build in time to review. First year students and upper-level students, alike, should build in time for review on a daily and a weekly basis. When first year students hear that law students should aim for approximately four to five hours of study outside of class, for every one hour in class, they often ask what they should do with all of that time. Here is a top-ten list of ways to fill the time:
- 1. Read cases assigned -- once, twice, three times;
- 2. Brief the cases [yes: brief all of the cases]; do not book brief--brief!;
- 3. Get to each class five-to-ten minutes early and review briefs and class notes from the previous class --yes, this time counts, too!;
- 4. Within 24 hours after each class, review class notes and briefs that you have corrected during class;
- 5. At the end of each week review your notes and briefs for each class; clean them up and revise;
- 6. In the context of the weekly review, begin to outline concepts completed in classes;
- 7. Reread your outlines a few times each week;
- 8. Begin to work with carefully chosen practice questions
- 9. Judiciously consult study aids; and
- 10. Last, but not least, build in time to incrementally complete legal research and writing assignments.
- To master your time management and make the most of your study time, create a weekly schedule. In that schedule, block out times to study and assign tasks to each time. Create blocks of one-to-two hours and build in breaks of ten-to-twenty minutes. Keep a study journal in which you can reflect on what you've done and how well your time management and study techniques work.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
This fall, I completed my eleventh orientation at my law school. It hardly seems possible. This year, our keynote speaker was a person named Maureen Sanders. She was chosen because she embodies all the qualities one would want in a law school orientation speaker. She is a graduate of our school. She was a tenured professor and currently teaches as an adjunct professor. She has a thriving private practice specializing in civil rights and constitutional law. Finally, she is an eloquent and entertaining speaker. With her permission, I am sharing her “tips” from her talk. It strikes me that many orientation speakers give similar advice to incoming first year students. I hope that as students settle in to their schedules and routines they will not forget the advice that Professor Sanders shares and that is likely similar to advice given at many other law schools at their orientations.
Tip #1: Remember that how you act here over the next three years will be remembered by your classmates, your professors and the law school community staff.
Tip #2: Keep your life. Remain human. Remember how to talk about something other than the law so your “people” will still like you and so you won’t forget how to talk to “real” people because one of the most important skills you need as a lawyer is the ability to listen, really listen to people from all walks of life…no matter what kind of law you end up doing.
Tip #3 Spend some time while you are in law school figuring out what you can do to contribute to your communities…what do you care about?….animals, education, wilderness, mental illness, homeless, open government, less government, more government, --be a part of the community dialogue and action as a law student and later as a lawyer.
Tip #4: Don’t become a lawyer whose reputation is that your opposing counsel must put everything in writing because you can’t be trusted. So back to my point….which if I haven’t been clear is-----be a professional law student.
Tip #5 Don’t think, ”I don’t really need to know this, because I’m going to do this other kind of law”….well you just never know. And even if you stay the course you anticipate, in order to do one kind of law, you need to know the other areas to do the job for your clients.
Finally, as a colleague of Professor Sanders advised her when she asked them what she should say at orientation, “Tell them that law is an incredible profession—endlessly interesting and you can do some real good for people and impact how we, as a society, structure our communities. Also, that law school, with all its pressures, offers an opportunity to be working on how to work hard and give your best attention to the work while at the same time learning how to make sure all the other aspects of yourself as a person don’t get lost.” (Bonnie Stepleton)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Please welcome Michelle Buck as the new full-time Assistant Director of Academic Success and Student Affairs at Mercer Law! When you see Michelle at workshops or conferences, please give her a friendly ASP congratulations. Here is some information about Michelle:
Michelle's responsibilities include assisting the Director of Academic Success with weekly Academic Success programming for first-year students, helping with the Bar Review for Credit course for third-year students in the spring, and working with the Assistant Dean of Students on various student affairs projects. Last year she worked in a similar role, as the Assistant Director of Academic Success, on a part-time basis. Michelle earned her law degree from Temple University in 2009 and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Georgia. She has previous legal experience in low-income family law. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with my family, especially her two daughters, Audrey (3) and Lucy (1).
We are delighted to have Michelle join us as a full-time ASP'er! (Amy Jarmon)
Friday, September 12, 2014
Marsha Griggs has joined the ASP professional community as Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness at Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Please introduce yourselves to Marsha as you meet her at workshops and conferences. Here is some information about Marsha:
Prior to joining the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Marsha served on the faculty at Collin College and chaired the Business Administration and Paralegal Studies departments. Marsha graduated from Notre Dame Law School and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northwestern University. Additionally, Marsha has received a Masters degree in Public Policy and is in pursuit of her doctorate in Public Policy and Political Economy. Marsha is licensed in Colorado and Texas and her practice areas are commercial and civil litigation. Personally, Marsha is an avid college football fan and a recurring and often unintentional foster for rescue dogs of various breeds. She and her hair are getting acclimated to the muggy humid Houston weather since relocating in February.
Please make Marsha welcome to ASP work! (Amy Jarmon)
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Civil Procedure will begin being tested on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) this winter. Out of the 200 question MBE, 27 questions will be devoted to Civil Procedure. While Civil Procedure is a required course, not every Professor covers the same FRCPs in their classes. Thus, it is a good idea for students to take a look at the specific content that will be tested. The National Conference of Bar Examiners has updated the subject matter outline so that the Civil Procedure content being tested is consistent for the Multistate Essay Exam and the Multistate Bar Exam. You can find the content outline at the National Conference of Bar Examiners webpage.
Additionally, if you or your students are anxious to see what these questions will look like, you can access sample Civil Procedure MBE questions and use them to practice. So, if issue preclusion, standards of review, or jurisdiction are not your strengths, take a closer look at these resources.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
It’s still early in the semester so you might be wondering why I’m writing about motivation. The reason is simple: it’s easier to maintain something than to lose it and get it back.
A few years ago I was in the best shape of my life. I worked out regularly, ate a healthy balanced diet, and even ran a half marathon. I felt great. Then I moved to a new job in a new city and I used that as an excuse to push exercise and healthy eating to the side. Fast forward several months: my clothes were tight and walking from my car to the office was the most exercise I got. I did not feel great. I came up with a plan to get back in shape and went to the gym for the first time in a long time. It was awful. I was out of breath within minutes, moved slower than molasses, and the next day could barely move. It was ugly but I kept going until I got myself to a healthier place. I liked how I felt and decided it was a lot better to maintain than to have to start all over again. When I catch myself being lazy, I just think of that first day back at the gym and get moving. Even if it’s just something small like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or eating only half a bag of chips, I feel better because I know I’m still moving forward.
I share this story because we’ve all been there and it’s something we can all relate to. The same holds true for motivation in law school. You start the semester off excited and ready to go but somewhere along the way you realize you’ve lost some of that drive. Instead of waiting until that happens, here are some tips on how to maintain your motivation throughout the semester:
Know there will be setbacks- you know you’ll have a bad day (or week) but don’t let it sidetrack you. Being prepared for a setback makes it easier to overcome.
Believe in yourself- if you don’t think you can succeed, then why would anyone else? Make a list of your strengths and focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t.
Be realistic- Setting a standard that is impossible to meet guarantees failure. Instead, set small goals that allow you see your achievements along the way.
Challenge yourself- be realistic but not complacent. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake or step out of your comfort zone. It is easy to fall into old habits unless you challenge yourself in new and different ways.
Have a support system- Whether its friends, family, professors, classmates, there are people who sincerely want you to succeed and you will need them when your motivation falters. They will give you that little boost and keep you going.
Take advantage of the opportunities this new semester presents. Maintain your motivation so you have to work extra hard to get it back.
Monday, September 8, 2014
New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals
December 8, 2014
Suffolk University Law School
Request for Proposals
Presentation of Scholarly Works in Progress
NECASP has designated time for the presentation of scholarly works in progress at its December conference on Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Principles. The subject of the work to be presented must be related to Law School Academic Support or Bar Study/Passage.
If you wish to present a “work in progress” the proposal process is as follows:
- Submit your proposal by September 26, 2014, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Proposals may be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF
- Proposals must include the following:
- Name and title, of presenter
- Law School
- Address, Email address, and telephone number
- Title of work in progress to be presented
- Abstract of your scholarly work in progress, no more than 500 words
- Statement regarding the status of the work; i.e., whether in outline form, early draft, or near completion).
- Media or computer presentation needs.
- As noted above, proposals are due on September 26, 2014. The NECASP Board will review the proposals and reply to each by October 3, 2014.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
If you learn through visual methods, consider the following study techniques:
Use easy visual strategies that allow you to see material better:
- Bulleted or numbered lists
- Bold, italics, underlining, all caps, etc.
- Color coding for rules, policies, important case names.
- Indentation to show organizational hierarchy.
- Graphic organizers: timelines, tables, Venn diagrams, spider maps, etc.
Buy a whiteboard so that you can organize material as you think about it and then convert it to hard copy. A large whiteboard can be used at home; a small whiteboard can be kept in your carrel at school.
Check out the variety of visual organizers you could use by visiting these websites:
Turn facts into visual images in your mind (mental motion pictures or photographs) to remember examples of when a rule applies and when it does not or when an element is met and when it is not. The visuals help with issue spotting.
Memorize information through visual images. For negligence: duty is a soldier standing at attention, breach is a tank breaking through a wall, etc.
Use index cards tacked on a bulletin board to arrange information visually to see the inter-relationships. Different colors of index cards can be used to indicate categories or importance.
Purchase one of the software packages that makes it easy to create visuals. One example can be found at http://www.inspiration.com - but many products exist.
If someone else's visual is too complex, deconstruct it. Start with the basics and then build the visual one layer at a time so that you can understand it.
Check out various study aids to see which series with visuals is most helpful to how you see information: Crunch Time, Gilbert's Outlines, Kaplan PMBR Finals.
As a visual learner, determine what strategies work best for you. Although visual learners have some commonalities, each individual has favorite techniques that work for that person but not everyone. (Amy Jarmon)
Friday, September 5, 2014
West Coast Consortium of
Academic Support Professionals
Re-Energizing Academic Success Programs, Personnel, and Research Projects
October 10, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Seattle University School of Law
Spend a day sharing with and learning from your colleagues! We spend most of our year dedicating ourselves to the needs of our students, our school, and our communities. It is time to take a day to re-energize our programs and ourselves! The West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals invites you to attend a day of professional development focused on this topic in the Emerald City on the campus of Seattle University School of Law.
PART 1 - Scholarship: Are you looking for feedback on a paper in progress? Would you like suggestions on how to strengthen an almost done piece of scholarship? Would you like to present a paper to a group of supportive colleagues and participate in a critique? We will look at best practices in developing scholarship, the steps necessary to finalize and submit papers for publication, and discuss further strengthening the ASP area of scholarship.
PART 2 – Teaching and Service: Would you like to reinvigorate your ASP program? Looking to get a few more ideas for bolstering presentations in the classroom?We will look at innovative teaching methods, new ideas for ASP programming, and discuss how you can best be of service to your students, school, and ASP community. We welcome your ideas if you have specific areas you would like to discuss.
WE NEED YOU! If you would like to present a work in progress during Part 1 or be a presenter for Part 2, please email a summary of your paper or presentation idea along with your contact information and a list of your past presentations to Lisa Young at email@example.com. The summary should be no more than 250 words and must be submitted no later than Monday, September 22, 2014. We welcome proposals, presenters, and participants from across the country, not just from the West Coast!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Simply stated, the diploma privilege allows a law school graduate, of the given state, to bypass the bar exam en route to the practice of law. Yes, a law graduate would be licensed to practice law without taking the bar exam. This notion sounds enticing for many law students, especially 3Ls as the bar exam looms in their future.
Currently only Wisconsin, and in limited circumstances New Hampshire, provide the diploma privilege to law grads. Graduates from ABA accredited schools in those states are deemed competent to practice law without sitting for and passing a bar examination.
However, Iowa is also now considering the adoption of the diploma privilege. The Iowa State Bar's Blue Ribbon Committee lists the following reasons for abolishing the bar exam in their state:
- The bar exam does not test on Iowa law.
- The bar exam tests only one’s ability to outwit 200 multiple choice and 8 essay questions from a third party testing service.
- The bar exam does not measure true functional mastery of subject areas or compassion, judgment, and ability to help clients.
- Few remember anything they learned cramming for the bar exam.
Many of us have strong opinions about the bar exam and the many issues and factors surrounding the administration of it. However, do you also feel that the bar exam serves a compelling purpose? Does it help weed out incompetent applicants? Does it assist one in their legal practice? Or, is it merely a hazing ritual that is costly, excruciating, and biased? If the Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of adopting the diploma privilege, will other states follow suit? Only time will tell.
Lisa Bove Young
Monday, September 1, 2014
Save the Date
New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals
December 8, 2014
Suffolk University Law School
Using Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Principles in Academic Support
Opportunities to Present Scholarly Works in Progress
Registration fee $25.00
Additional details comins soon.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
We just finished our second week of classes. The first-year students are looking a bit shell-shocked. The upper-division students are commenting on how things are already too fast-paced. Everyone is looking forward to the long weekend.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of the weekend:
- Get a good start on next week's class preparation. Try to complete your Tuesday and Wednesday assignments. You will feel less stressed as the week begins again. Then review the material before class (or the night before) so you have seen it twice.
- Outline for each of your courses. Using this weekend to get on top of all course outlines, will put you in an advantageous position. You can then add to your outlines each week and not end up having to find huge blocks of time in future weeks to catch up on outlines.
- Set up your study space as you will use it for the rest of the semester. Have all of your school-related items in the same place to save time by not having to hunt for things.
- If you have not already made note of all deadlines and due dates for courses (paper draft due, midterm exam, court observation assignment, other projects), mark those dates on a monthly calendar so you will not forget anything.
- If you are already sleep-derived, catch up on your sleep and establish a routine sleep schedule beginning Sunday night that will give you 7 - 8 hours of sleep during regular bed and wake up times.
- Plan a few hours for fun: exercise, a BBQ with new friends, a movie, your favorite TV shows.
- If you have boxes to unpack, errands to run, or other personal items to take care of, try to complete them before classes next week. You will have less stress if you are more settled into your living space and routine.
Enjoy this slight respite. Be ready to hit the ground running on Tuesday. (Amy Jarmon)
Friday, August 29, 2014
At the beginning of each academic semester, we like to introduce ASP or bar professionals who are new to their law schools or who have changed locations? We want to post an academic spotlight about you so that you are introduced to the community of readers if you are new and so readers know your news if you have moved to a different law school.
If you would like for us to post an academic spotlight about you (or a colleague at your school who is too shy to send us something), please send the following information to Amy Jarmon at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be doing posts throughout September and early October.
Here is what I need from you for a spotlight post:
- A small jpeg photo.
- Your full name, title, and law school information.
- 100 - 200 words telling us about yourself: when you started your job, what you were doing before your position, your JD school, your legal practice experience/specialties, your interests professionally and personally.
- A link to your faculty/staff profile on your law school web pages if one exists.
We look forward to welcoming you to our terrific community of colleagues and updating folks on your careers. (Amy Jarmon)
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The summer was a whirlwind. Prepping students for the bar exam means that you are constantly on call and required to be positive and upbeat even when you are not necessarily feeling that way. It is truly exhausting. I learned that while I am generally a positive and energetic person, I too need down time. After the bar was wrapped up and I organized the tornado of papers that took over my office, I took a break and unplugged.
We often read about how media is overtaking our lives and that we should encourage our students and children to unplug and go outside. I am often the one preaching such advice. It was not until I made a conscious choice to unplug and schedule my out of office email reply message that I realized I too have been swallowed by the digital age.
Thus, for most of one week, I did not check email, social media, or my cell phone. It was so liberating…once I got used to it. I learned that I spend a lot of time plugged in, which can be distracting and time consuming. This semester, I encourage everyone to carve out time weekly, or even daily, where you schedule time to unplug. We need to practice what we preach and we need to be more mindful of how we use our time. So, as you are gearing up for the semester and planning your calendar, think about including a block of time where you move away from technology, unplug, and learn something new about yourself.
Lisa Bove Young
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Valparaiso University Law School invites applicants for the position of Academic Success Counselor.
Valparaiso University Law School is located in northwest Indiana and is part of a residential community with excellent public schools and other resources. It is approximately ten miles from Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as well as one hour from downtown Chicago.
The law school is an integral part of Valparaiso University, a Lutheran affiliated institution founded in 1859 and known for its outstanding liberal arts education and professional programs. For more information about Valparaiso University Law School, see http://www.valpo.edu/law.
Valparaiso University is looking for an Academic Success Counselor. The duties of the position include, but are not limited to, teaching academic study skills to currently enrolled Valparaiso University law students, counseling students on academic and bar exam success skills and attorney licensing requirements, and advising graduates studying for the bar examination.
- Assists in counseling and advising new students, students on academic probation, students "at risk", and any other student seeking to improve academic performance and/or other academic issues including course scheduling, social influences, etc. Assist students in developing individualized learning plans and monitor progress throughout the semester.
- Tracks the academic progress of "at-risk" and academic probation students through detailed note taking.
- Designs lesson plans and present workshops, tutorials, and programs on topics such as analytical skills, learning styles, time management skills, case briefing, note taking, outlining, exam preparation, and exam taking. Evaluate the success of these programs through student evaluations and other means.
- In conjunction with the Directors of Academic Success, directs the Dean's Fellow's program. Recruits, trains, and supervises the Dean's fellows. Evaluates the success of the program through student evaluations and other means.
- Assists students in reviewing answers to practice exams and provides advice regarding exam strategy, including bar exam essays and strategies.
- Assists the Directors in maintaining the Academic Success website.
- Assist in bar exam coaching.
- Perform all other duties assigned by the Directors of Academic Success.
Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.
Employment at Valparaiso University will require a criminal background check.
To be considered for this position you must upload:
- Cover letter
- List of 3 professional references
- Answer all the application questions
Please address cover letter to:
Deondra Devitt, Assitant Director, Human Resource Generalist, Valparaiso University, School of Law, Valparaiso, IN 46383
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, law school affiliates and guests
- Ability to use initiative and independent judgment withing established policy and procedural guidelines
- Ability to handle and keep confidential a variety of different student questions and concerns
- J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school with a strong academic record is required
- 1 to 3 years of legal experience is preferred
- At least one (1) year of academic experience in either law school teaching, counseling, or bar exam tutoring is preferred
- Must be a member of a state bar who has successfully completed a bar examination
- Strong academic and professional qualifications, as well as a demonstrated interest in teaching students with diverse backgrounds
Valparaiso, Indiana, United States