Thursday, September 10, 2009

Position in Legal Skills and Bar Prep at Stetson Law

Assistant Professor of Legal Skills and

Director, Bar Preparation Services

Stetson University College of Law is a leader in skills training. It strives to help students develop their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom. It has a dynamic and evolving Academic Success Program that offers group and individual instruction. We seek a passionate, talented individual to join us in a newly created faculty position devoted primarily to upper-level academic success, with an emphasis on bar exam services.

The successful candidate will work to enhance and coordinate various bar-preparation efforts, evaluate existing programs, and potentially develop new programs and initiatives. Current efforts include internally designed programs, commercially sponsored programs, and individual tutoring. Our colleague will also play a leading role in developing the Student Performance Study, a longitudinal study that collects and analyzes variables associated with bar passage.

The individual selected will likely teach at least one course per semester; although the course package is flexible, the school has a need for a professor willing and able to teach topics tested on the Florida portion of the bar examination, such as State Constitutional Law, Florida Civil and Criminal Procedure, and Florida Torts.

As needed, the individual selected may also be asked to assist with first-year academic support programs, work with students on academic probation, work with international LL.M. students — particularly those who plan to sit for a bar examination in the U.S. — and assist with other aspects of Stetson’s Academic Success Program. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of Academic Success, the Associate Dean of Academics, and other members of the faculty and senior staff.

The individual would be expected to work with day and evening students on Stetson’s beautiful campuses in Gulfport/St. Petersburg and downtown Tampa.

Candidates must hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, be licensed and in good standing to practice law, and have or be willing to obtain a Florida Bar license within one year of hire. Although prior experience with bar exam instruction or high-stakes testing is not required, it is a plus. Previous practice experience and teaching experience — especially in the area of academic support — are strongly desired. Experience with counseling, outcomes assessment, statistics, English as a Second Language, and/or disability services would be highly valued. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required.

This position is a full-time faculty position on the programmatic tenure track. The position requires an interest in teaching, scholarship, and service to the College of Law. Title and advance standing on the programmatic tenure track may be negotiated based on past full-time teaching experience at an ABA-accredited law school.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a current curriculum vitae, a professional writing sample, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references to Professor Roberta Kemp Flowers, Co-Chair, Appointments Committee, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707; [email protected]. We are interested in interviewing candidates at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference in November. We will consider and interview candidates on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Resume review will begin immediately.

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