Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, April 30, 2010

Plug for faculty to use ASP for support during exam drafting

I would like to thank Ruthann Robson, Co-Editor of the Constitutional Law Prof Blog, for alerting us to her April 22, 2010 post on that blog.  Ruthann is Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor at CUNY: Ruthann Robson Profile.   

Her post lists numerous hints for professors as they draft their exams.  Number 12 in the list mentions that faculty may wish to ask ASP staff for support when working on end-of-the-semester exams.  The post also gives a nice compliment to David Nadvorney and his ASP colleagues at CUNY.  The full post can be read here: Constitutional Law Exam Drafting.  (Amy Jarmon)    

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Director of Bar Prep and ASP-Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Director of Bar Preparation and Academic Support


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law,




, seeks applicants for the position of Director of Bar Preparation and Academic Support, to begin July 1, 2010.  C|M|LAW is committed to student achievement, and the Director will be the school’s leader in preparing students for bar success.  The Director will develop, coordinate, and implement initiatives that support C|M|LAW’s goals of improving students’ academic success and success on the bar exam.  


Minimum requirements include a J.D. degree and admission to the practice of law, experience working in a higher education setting in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, academic advising, or similar administrative, teaching or practice experience. The successful candidate must also have demonstrated experience in program planning, implementation, and assessment, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.  Experience working with programs and services designed to improve bar passage performance of law graduates is preferred, as is a demonstrated proficiency with relevant technology. 


The successful candidate will report to the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Student Achievement and will supervise the Manager of Academic Support Programs. The Director is an integral part of the overall Academic Excellence Program at C|M|LAW. Although C|M|LAW has a successful, fully functioning bar preparation program, the successful candidate will have the flexibility to change and adapt the existing program.  The Director teaches the Ohio Bar Exam Strategies and Tactics course, advises students on issues concerning the bar exam, plans and carries out programs in support of bar preparation efforts, collects and analyzes data related to the bar exam, manages the law school’s bar preparation and academic support web pages, and works with faculty and staff to support the law school’s bar preparation and academic support efforts.


Compensation is commensurate with experience.  This position is a 12 month, non-tenure track position, with a renewable contract.  For more information, and to apply for the position, please go to and search under




.  The search committee, chaired by Associate Dean Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, will begin reviewing applications immediately.  The position will remain open until filled.

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Half-Time Position at Santa Clara in Academic Development

Assistant Director of Academic Development (0.5 FTE)

Santa Clara University School of Law

2010-11 Academic Year

The half-time Assistant Director of Academic Development works closely with a fellow half-time Assistant Director, under the supervision of a Director of Academic Development and the Assistant Dean for Academic & Professional Development ("APD") to address the academic success of Santa Clara University Law School’s students from orientation through bar passage. These four faculty members, along with the Director of Externships and Professional Development and a Program Coordinator, make up the school’s APD Department.

The Assistant Director will teach the equivalent of at least one credit-bearing skills course targeting first and/or second year students in academic difficulty, ordinarily one class of 20-30 students each semester. The Assistant Director also administers the selection and registration of students in these courses, and the hiring, training, and supervision of upper division students and adjuncts.

In addition, the Assistant Director will perform the equivalent of one additional course of instruction in the form of: intensive one-on-one academic tutoring and advising of at-risk students, contributions to the design and teaching of large-scale skills workshops and programs aimed class-wide from orientation through the first year and on through Bar passage, and participation in miscellaneous university programming and professional conferences.

Finally, the Assistant Director must work closely with the APD team, as well as with doctrinal and legal writing faculty to design, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and improve the supplemental academic skills curriculum. In addition to long-term vision, the Assistant Director must embrace day-to-day administration. These duties may include, and are not limited to, organization and management of student eligibility determinations, course enrollments, practice examinations, individual and mass feedback, and collection, management, and analysis of sensitive student performance data.


* J.D. and a state bar admission.

* Prior teaching and/or academic support experience desirable.

* Experience in program management desirable.

* Ability to excel in teaching, counseling, and advising students from diverse backgrounds.

* Ability to think imaginatively, critically, and collaboratively about how to measurably improve student academic development.

This position is a half-time, non-tenure track, non-voting lecturer position, with pro-rated benefits and the possibility of multiple-year contract renewals after the first year. Summer service in residence is required, with supplemental compensation provided. Professional development is supported, and scholarship is welcome but not required.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Submit applications to:

Joan Harrington, Director, Academic Development

Academic & Professional Development Department

Santa Clara University School of Law

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053-0448


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

USC Assistant Dean and Dean of Students Position

The University of Southern California Gould School of Law seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Dean and Dean of Students.

Responsibilities include overall administration of student services, including student affairs, financial aid and scholarships, and registration and records. The Dean of Students provides students with personal support including counseling students facing difficult personal issues or academic difficulties and supervises the Director of Registration and Records and the Director of Financial Aid and their staff.

J.D. and higher education administrative experience strongly preferred.

USC offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Interested candidates can apply online, through the following web link: (Requisition Number: 004552).

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