April 12, 2008
ASP Job Opening at Catholic University of America
The Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America invites applications for the position of Director of Academic Support. The new Director will begin in August 2008.
The goal of the Academic Excellence Program is to enhance the academic success of all CUA law students while providing specialized and targeted assistance to those students experiencing the most academic difficulty. The Director of the Academic Excellence Program will coordinate a teaching and learning support program with particular emphasis on 1) providing individualized assistance and programming for students who are underperforming in law school; 2) training and assisting tutors/teaching assistants working with students in first year and upper division courses; 3) collaborating with the staff of the Academic Affairs Office in developing programs or courses geared to assist with bar preparation; and 4) working with faculty to assist them in teaching different types of learners. The Director will collaborate with other law school personnel concerned with student academic and bar success including doctrinal law faculty, legal writing faculty, clinical faculty, student services professionals and academic administrators.
Required qualifications: (1) J.D. from an ABA accredited law school; (2) admission to a state bar; (3) at least two years of experience in the academic support field; (4) two years legal work experience in private practice, non-profit organizations, government, or judicial clerkships strongly preferred (5) teaching experience strongly preferred (6) familiarity with literature and methods used in academic support programs; (7) demonstrated legal writing ability.
To apply: Interested applicants should send a letter of application, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references to Stacy Brustin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. 20064.
The Catholic University of America is an equal opportunity employer.
April 8, 2008
Welcoming New Faces to the Campus
Yesterday was "Admitted Students Day" at Vermont. I manned the ASP table (so to speak) for several hours and had the opportunity to meet many wonderful (potential) new additions to the VLS community. One of the wonderful and frustrating parts of manning the table was fielding fantastic questions about what admitted students should do to prepare for the fall. By their parents.
It was wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm of so many future law students; I want to yell "Bottle it now! You will need all this enthusiasm this time next year!" The world is theirs at the moment, and they should enjoy every minute of it.
But I wanted to say something similar to the parents, "Bottle it now! Save all this support for this time next year! They will need it much more then!" I see far too many students in my office this time of year after they have had battles with their parents over grades, learning disabilities, and time with family. Too many parents insist nothing could be wrong with Bobby or Suzy, and this learning disability stuff is just nonsense-- they just need to study harder. So many of these bright, wonderful students have succeeded in life by masking and/or compensating for learning disabilities that come to the fore during the first year of law school. Similarly, parents who insist Bobby or Suzy must attend cousin Betty's bridal shower in Milwaukee become angry when Bobby or Suzy need to stay back in Vermont to prepare for exams. These bright, wonderful students may have succeeded to this point in their life with little studying or prepping for exams, but it's not the same anymore. All the enthusiasm and excitement about law school is needed when their children are in the trenches, before final exams, when care packages and understanding are most important.
Parents and loved ones are such a critical part of the success of any law student. I am thrilled to see parents celebrating their children's success by getting into law school, but we need more of that throughout the law school experience--not just at the beginning and the end.
April 7, 2008
Annotated Bibliography of Bar Articles
Arturo Torres, Associate Dean of Law Library and Computing, at Texas Tech School of Law and Bryan J. Guymon, a second-year student at Texas Tech School of Law, have compiled a twenty-page annotated bibliography of articles from 1998 to 2007 that deal with the bar exam and admission to the bar. The article appears in the February 2008 issue of The Bar Examiner (Volume 77, Number 1).
Any ASP professionals who deal with bar exam issues will find this article valuable to their work. (Amy Jarmon)