Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dean of Student Affairs--Elon Law School

Elon Law School is seeking a Dean of Student Affairs.  The Elon Law School is part of Elon University, though our campus is in downtown Greensboro, NC, about 20 miles from the main campus that is in Burlington, NC.  The law school’s website is:  We are in our fourth year and have provisional accreditation.  We currently have 318 full time students in our student body. We do not have a part time program.  We admit about 120 per year.  Our first class has a bar pass rate of 92% combining the results from first time takers (83%) and second time takers.  Our initial class of 107 students graduated in 2009 and has a job rate of 90%.  Like our parent university, we emphasize Leadership and Engaged Learning.  


The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for enhancing the quality of life and educational experience of the School of Law's student body. Key responsibilities of this new position include; serving as a liaison for students with faculty and administration; advising and supporting students; overseeing and advising student organizations; developing and implementing School of Law policies and procedures; and developing and implementing events and programs designed to enrich life for law students and to deepen students' understanding of law school procedures. Bachelor's degree required; Juris Doctorate preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Relevant administrative experience in higher education strongly preferred. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems with attention to detail are essential to the success of the position. Application deadline is April 30, 2010. Send cover letter, resume and list of three references to Office of Human Resources, 2070 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244, electronic submissions to

Elon University is a dynamic, comprehensive institution of 4800 students, 70% of whom come from outside North Carolina. The University is consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities in the South. Elon is located on a campus of extraordinary beauty adjacent to Burlington, a town of 50,000, and is 20 minutes away from Greensboro and within 45 minutes of Winston-Salem, Durham, and Chapel Hill. For more information about Elon University, please visit the university's web site at

Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer.

April 17, 2010 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Reflecting on Banquet Season

Having just attended a dinner reception for newly admitted students, I happily reminisced upon my first year as a 1L.  For understandable reasons, the members of my dining table were more interested in my experience as a law student rather than my experience as the Bar Studies Program Director.  

Questions slowly emerged from the eager faces of soon to be law students.  Our conversation was filled with mainly me answering questions like: "What was your biggest challenge during your first year?", "What about the job market and the economy?" and "How can I make it onto Law Review?"  Ah, to be a 1L...

Since I am coming up on the 10th anniversary of my graduation from law school in May, seeing the view from "the other side of the podium" was a nice departure from the grading that has been consuming most of my time lately and a good reminder of the importance of self reflection.  

Reflecting on where we have been, where our journey has taken us and presently where we dwell, transforms past actions and life events into insightful future guides.  Sometimes it takes a reception or banquet for us to take a moment to stop focusing on the future or our next lesson plan to realize the importance of looking back.  Tonight was that night.  The energy in the room was palpable with dozens of tables brimming with new law students embarking on the beginning of their passage into the legal profession.  Capturing this moment of hope and wonder reinvigorated my commitment to teaching and allowed me to reflect on the lessons it has taught me and how to best reach my students.

As the year comes abruptly to a close and 3L's amble through the final weeks of their time in law school, their energy tends to resemble a wilting flower instead of a bursting balloon.  Summoning the vibe from the reception, I try to infuse the overflowing energy from the room full of starry-eyed newly admitted students into my 3L's about to face finals and ultimately the bar exam this summer.  Encouraging them to recapture that energy that too easily escapes them will assist them in managing all that lies ahead.

During one of our last class sessions of the semester, I will ask my students to call upon the time when they too, as newly admitted students, were sitting at the dinner reception or orientation speaking with faculty, staff and alumni of the law school.  As they recall their anticipation, excitement and even sheer terror juxtaposed with their impending graduation, I hope they are able to engage their emotions, revitalize their dream and invoke the self efficacy that is necessary to achieve success on the bar exam and in their future legal careers.

April 15, 2010 in Encouragement & Inspiration | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Quick note on typos in the blog

I have been meaning to write this for a while, but it came to my attention today.  Amy and I write blog posts between students meetings, teaching, administrative tasks, and myriad other responsibilities. We do our best to catch typos and grammar mistakes before posts hit the site. However, there is not always time to catch every mistake. The blog is not like law review; we don't have months (or even days) to write, proof, and double-check everything that is written and posted. At times, getting a post published is more like a race-to-the-finish law school exam.  We do our best given time constraints. The alternative is to post less frequently.  Please keep in mind that what we type is not always what shows up on the blog; at times technical glitches cause typos we can't erase or fix.

I do fix typos when I see them. Please be gentle on us. If you find an error so egregious you feel it changes the meaning of the text, email the person who wrote the post so it can be corrected. Most typos are the product of typing too fast and trying to get ideas down before the next student appointment interrupts the thought process. (RCF)

April 13, 2010 in About This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Maybe you are not cut out for this place

I stumbled upon this blog post at Above the Law (I read ATL daily to keep up with what my students are reading about law school and legal careers). I am posting the link at the bottom of the page. It is written by a lawyer-turned-therapist  who works with lawyers who are miserable because of their jobs. Disregarding the comments posted by readers, I found this is excellent advice for law students who are really, really unhappy being law students. Some unhappy students did not know what they were getting themselves into, or they were pressured into law school by well-meaning family members, or they are simply in crisis and need to take some time to sort out their life. No, this is certainly not a blog post that simply slams law school or being a lawyer (the WSJ just ran an article on the number of blogs devoted to that topic). It does have a very tough-love tone to it. I would rather have students who are miserable leave law school after one year of law school with 30, 40, or 50+k debt, than see them miserable three years later,150-200k in debt, and getting the type of negative feedback from senior associates and partners that is mentioned in the post.   I would never pressure or even suggest to a student that they should leave, but if they open the door in a conversation with me, I don't have a problem showing them this article and discussing their options with them. These are not easy conversations to have with a student. No one relishes the thought of talking with a depressed student about leaving what they thought was their life's work and planning to pay off five-figure debt without a degree to show for it.  But talking students through the bigger picture helps them find their own way: this is their life, and they need to be happy because they won't get a second chance.  (RCF)

April 12, 2010 in Advice | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)