Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, June 6, 2008

UNLV Director of Academic Support Position

Dear ASP friends:  Our colleague, Professor Pavel Wonsowicz, is leaving Boyd to join the UCLA law faculty as the Director of Academic Support.  We have an opening for a Director of our program, and we plan to begin the recruitment process immediately.  The job description follows.  Please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Kay Kindred at (702) 895-2438 or if you have questions about the position.


            The William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applicants interested in joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor in Residence – Academic Support.   The qualifications for the Director of Academic Support position include a record of academic success in law school and experience suggesting the aptitude to direct a creative and ambitious academic support program.  The faculty also expects that the Academic Support Director will be a resource for the faculty to increase teaching effectiveness.   The existing program is administered by the Director, with the assistance of an Associate Director, and includes workshops, tutoring, special classes, orientation programs, bar preparation classes, counseling, and other strategies to enhance the learning environment at our law school.  The Director may teach substantive, non-bar, non-ASP related classes.  The position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, renewable contract position.

            The Boyd School of Law, a state-supported law school, is the only law school in Nevada.  Located at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in a desert mountain setting and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the law school commenced classes in August 1998, has a faculty of 42 new and experienced legal educators drawn from law schools around the country, and is located in a state-of-the-art facility in the center of the University campus.  The School with nearly 500 students offers a full-time day program, a part-time day program, and an evening program.

            The people who comprise the Boyd School of Law are a diverse community.  Faculty, students, and staff work together, collegially and respectfully, to maximize the potential of the students and help the Law School fulfill its aspirations.  We welcome applications from those who wish to participate in this sort of community, and we strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.  For more information on the Boyd School of Law, see our website at

            The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a doctoral degree-granting institution with over 27,000 students and more than 800 faculty members. Nearly 223 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees are offered. Founded in 1957, UNLV is located on 340 acres in dynamic Southern Nevada. The Carnegie Foundation has ranked the university in the category of Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information on the University, see the UNLV website at   

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Review of credentials will begin immediately and the search is to remain open until the position is filled.  If you are interested in applying for this position please apply on-line at: and submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume that highlights relevant professional experience and qualifications, salary history, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references who may be contacted.  (For your on-line application, reference Search #8282 and Position #4497.)

For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact Jenn Martens at (702) 895-3886 or  UNLV is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.

June 6, 2008 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Academic Success Postion at McGeorge School of Law

The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California has an opening for the Director of Academic Success.  Please see official notice below.

Basic Function:

The Director of Academic Success is both a gifted teacher and an administrator responsible for managing, coordinating, and implementing the law school's Academic Success Program. The program helps students attain the analytical and writing skills essential to their success in law school, on bar exams and in their use of their legal education thereafter. It serves both beginning students and those with identified academic needs based on classroom or bar exam performance. The Director teaches a fundamentals course in the Spring to underperforming first-year students.  In addition, the Director designs and conducts workshops on skills-related topics, works one-on-one with students, supervises and trains student assistants, and enlists faculty participation as needed.  This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, renewable contract position.

Minimum Qualifications:

*Excellent academic credentials

*Experience in the practice of law

*Exceptional communication and organizational skills

*Strong interest in working with students

*Teaching ability, particularly an ability to identify and communicate the skills required for effective legal analysis and exam performance

*Prior teaching experience or background in educational theory or legal academic support are a plus


Commensurate with experience

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter expressing interest, resume, and three references to Human Resources.  Mail: 3200 Fifth Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817. Fax: (916) 739-7196. Email: Phone: (916) 739-7031

Filing Deadline:

All completed application packets must be received in our office by July3, 2008.

Pacific McGeorge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

June 6, 2008 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bar Exam Teacher Skill Set

Now is the time we in ASP turn our focus from student concerns to graduate concerns, more specifically, concerns about the bar exam.  I know some within the ASP community focus on the bar all year long, but for those of us who see both students and bar takers, this is the time of year we trade our academic success hats for bar prep hats. 

While there is some overlap between the areas of bar prep and ASP, they really require different skill sets. I think of it like very accelerated primary schooling; the 1L's are still my children, and I watch over them like a mama hawk. 1L's are still excited by the thought of law school and want to do what it takes to succeed.  By the time they reach bar prep, I feel a bit like the parent of a teenager; it's as much about "you shall not" as it is "you shall", and I spend a lot of my time reigning in their bad habits and tempering inappropriate impulses.

As a former elementary school teacher, I am far more skilled being a mama hawk watching out for my young ones than I am disciplining the rowdy herds.  I want to see all of my students reach their full potential, but it takes a special temperament to give tough love to graduates bent on enjoying life when they need to be buckling down for the bar exam.  By the time students have reached graduation, they have bought into the myth that substances, Red Bull, Jolt!, or less legal poisons, will help them retain more information.  They have become tired and cranky, and ready to push back at people who push them, even if we are pushing them for their own good.

I admire those who spend the full year focused on bar takers, who can take the stress and strain and produce lawyers admitted to the bar in their chosen jurisdiction.


June 3, 2008 in Bar Exam Preparation | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Florida Coastal Academic Counselor Positions


Florida Coastal School of Law invites nominations and applications for two (2) Academic Success Counselor positions. 

Responsibilities:  Work with students to improve academic performance and advise students on other academic issues such as scheduling or social influences;  Assist in developing lesson plans and present weekly sessions in the required first semester program, Pathways to Academic Success Seminar (P.A.S.S.);  Assist students in reviewing answers to practice exams (including bar exam essays) and provide advice regarding exam strategy;  Assist in preparing and presenting second-semester and upper level workshops;  Track the academic progress of “at risk” students and students on academic probation;  Assist in planning and executing New Student Orientation;  Other duties, as assigned. 

Required:  Law degree from an ABA accredited institution; Licensed by a state bar association; One to three years of legal experience;  Possess ability to relate well to students;  Possess excellent organization and communication skills;  Ability to work well with others in a team atmosphere;  Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues and school constituencies;  Enthusiastic about working in a student-centered, humility-based environment. 

Preferred:  Prior experience in academic support, education, and/or teaching. 

Salary and Benefits:  Compensation is competitive and includes benefits; this is a non-faculty position and does not confer voting privileges.  No relocation expenses offered with the position. 

To apply:  Position is available immediately.  Please submit a letter of interest, resume, salary requirements, and three references to

Florida Coastal is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer.

June 2, 2008 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)