Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, May 28, 2010

Academic Success Position at PhoenixLaw

Academic Success Counselor

Phoenix School of Law (PhoenixLaw) seeks applications for an experienced Academic Success Counselor.

The school is a member of The InfiLaw System, a consortium of independent law schools committed to making legal education more responsive to the realities of new career dynamics. Its mission is to establish student-centered, American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools in underserved markets that graduate students with practice-ready skills, and achieve true diversity programs aimed at student academic and career success.

The Academic Success Counselor engages in pro active measures to minimize academic attrition and foster high bar pass through academic counseling and programming targeting skills of self regulated learning.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

1.     Provides individualized counseling, with focus on students in academic difficulties; 

2.     Reviews incoming academic records; maintains running records on students receiving services.

3.     Administers diagnostics; collects and evaluates data; develops individualized learning plans; implements interventions.

4.     Assists in co-teaching, evaluating and revising 1L Cohort and workshops.

5.     Assists Director of Academic Success in assessing, evaluating and making recommendations for revisions to ASP programming.

6.     Catalogues and creates practice exams.

7.     Assists with the coordination of New Student Orientation.

8.     Provide guidance, feedback and supervision to the Academic Success Counselor.

9.     Establish and maintain professional attitude and good rapport with students, employees, community members and vendors.

10.  Will be privileged to confidential information and must maintain confidentiality of information at all times.

11.  Support and be a part of the Phoenix School of Law mission, vision and values.

12.  Other job related duties as assigned.



1.     Prior experience with academic support, and/or teaching experience.

2.     Knowledge of adult learning theory.

Computer Skills

  1. Intermediate to advanced level of experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher and PowerPoint.

 Communication Skills

  1. Ability to read, interpret and analyze more complex documents such as legal documents, financial reports and technical/scientific manuals.  Ability to create more complex reports, speeches, manuals and professional documents.  Ability to effectively communicate and present to managers, advisory board, etc.

Math Skills

  1. Ability to calculate figures such as percentages and ratios.  Ability to draw and interpret bar graphs.  Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as percentages, ratios and fractions to practical situations.  Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability

  1. Ability to collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions to resolve complex situations with no assistance.  Capable of dealing with abstract or concrete variables and to interpret a variety of technical instructions with little or no assistance.
  2. Must be very detail oriented and accurate.
  3. Must display tact, discretion and judgment.


  1. Juris Doctor degree required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. PhoenixLaw offers a full benefits package. For more information about Phoenix School of Law, please visit

If helping others and working in a dynamic workplace is what you feel passionate about and you are looking for a new challenge and a chance to put your experience to work in an innovative environment – Phoenix School of Law may be the place for you.

Please send a resume, the names of three references (including addresses and phone numbers) to or via mail to:

Phoenix School of Law
Human Resources
4041 N. Central Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phoenix School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act Title VII of 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Phoenix School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment or in any of its educational programs or in the provisions of benefits and services to students.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed by this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

May 28, 2010 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Orientation Highs and Lows

Orientation started here at UConn last week. This is a wonderful time of the year when I get to meet my incoming freshman and help them start their college careers on the right foot.  It's a refreshing change of pace to work with excited, happy kids looking forward to the next stage of their life.  This is also an incredibly busy time of year; at least two days a week I meet with more than 30 students a day to go over their courses and career plans if they are pre-law.  Here are some of the things I have learned from orientation over the past two years. 

The Highs:

The excitement and enthusiasm for the future of 18 year olds can cheer up anyone.  They are not the jaded, cynical teenagers we see on TV. They see the world for all the amazing potential it holds. 

18 year olds can't wait to be adults and have the privileges we often feel are burdens.  It reminds you of all the great things that go along with responsibility. 

This is the chance for an ASPer to help pre-law students choose classes that will help them succeed in law school. Classes that stress critical thinking, analytical writing, and use of primary sources provide a great foundation for law school. 

The Lows:

Parents, please let your children choose their own path. Nothing is more heartbreaking than working with an 18 year old who already looks defeated because their parents have decided they will be happy if they become a lawyer (doctor, investment banker, engineer). A colleague spent more than an hour with one student who could not choose one elective; it was the only class his parents did not pre-choose for him. He was overwhelmed by all the classes he wished he could take, but couldn't. It's insidious. (Disclosure: I am ranked, at two different schools, and I am well-ranked. I still hate it.)  It is not monitored, and it's the worst possible way to choose professors. It breaks my heart to see kids choosing classes based on who is the easiest grader, rather than the classes where they will learn the most.

You have to watch people make mistakes, and you can't stop them. We see a lot of this in ASP. It happens at the pre-law stage just as much.  From choosing "easy" classes instead of great learning opportunities, poor lifestyle choices, to ignoring enrichment opportunities, it's hard to watch people make mistakes. And it's hard for their professors not to tell them they are making mistakes.

While I am specifically referring to freshman orientation here, all these lessons are true for law students just beginning their journey as well. We should take the time to appreciate the learning opportunities that come from a fresh perspective on life.


May 27, 2010 in Advice | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 24, 2010

U of San Diego Position for Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Position Opening: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

University of San Diego School of Law

All applications must be entered through the Human Resources website at USD.  You may find the website here:


The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, also known as the Dean of Students, provides strategic leadership for law school programs and services that foster the academic success and professional development of students enrolled in the J.D. program.  Key responsibilities of this position include: serving as a liaison for students with faculty and administration; advising and supporting students in their academic development; developing and implementing law school policies and procedures; developing and implementing events and programs designed to enrich law students in their professional development; and overseeing student organizations. The Assistant Dean reports to the Senior Assistant Dean for Administration and works in a collaborative relationship with other offices within the law school and campus, the faculty, and the legal community. In addition, the Assistant Dean has a “dotted line” reporting relationship to the Associate Dean.  This position requires occasional attendance at on and off campus events during and outside normal business hours. Some travel may be required.


Minimal.  Works under the general supervision of the Senior Assistant Dean for Academic Administration.


Director of the Academic Support Program

Assistant Director, J.D. Student Affairs

Executive Assistant, J.D. Student Affairs


The responsibilities described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

 Manage the Academic Program for J.D. Students (40%)

Ensure the delivery of quality academic advising and support services for new, continuing and visiting students. Ensure compliance with the law school’s Academic Rules for all students. Review student petitions for waivers to the Academic Rules in consultation with the Associate Dean or his/her designee.

Guarantee that all J.D. students receive appropriate academic advising and assistance, particularly those students experiencing academic and/or personal difficulties. Coordinate the academic appeals and disqualification process.

Supervise the program of study for students on probation or under academic supervision. Evaluate J.D. student requests for credit transfers allowed under current rules or procedures, such as visits away, non-USD study abroad, transfer credit, and non-law course credit. Advise the Associate Dean on curricular needs and participate in the scheduling process. Oversee Honor  Court proceedings as needed.

Offer Resources for Professional and Personal Development (25%)

In collaboration with other law school offices, design and execute new and continuing extracurricular and academic programs to support J.D. students in their professional development. Serve as the law school’s official approving bar certification, moral character, and practical training for law students.   Represent the law school at state and local bar meetings and functions.  Serve as the law school’s liaison with commercial bar preparation providers and oversee the delivery of supplementary programs. Work with the University’s Wellness program to ensure that students have access to healthcare, counseling, and other support services offered by the University. Serve as the law school’s liaison with the University for students facing non-academic  disciplinary action.

Direct Student Events and Support for Organizations (20%)

Supervise the delivery of a comprehensive and substantive orientation program for new students (1Ls and transfers) and visitors. Direct law school  commencement and related activities in collaboration with other offices within the law school and the university. Oversee the promotion and execution of regular student support events such as the Dean’s Mixer.  Develop written policies and procedures to support the Student Bar Association (SBA) and student organizations in the scheduling, promotion, execution, and funding for events and programs.

Perform Administrative Duties (15%):

Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate two administrative employees and one staff employee. Establish departmental administrative policies and procedures that are internally consistent and integrated with other law school offices such as admissions, financial aid, graduate programs records, career services, and alumni relations. Effectively manage assigned budgets and costs. Attend regular and ad hoc law school meetings and serve on committees. Represent the law school on standing and ad hoc University committees. Participate in regional and national peer meetings and discussions, keeping up to date on latest trends and practices in student affairs and academic support. Perform other duties or tasks as assigned


·         J.D. from an ABA accredited law school required. 

·         Minimum of five years professional experience required.  Some experience working within legal education, higher education, and /or professional development within law is strongly preferred.

·         Ability to work with students experiencing academic and/or personal difficulties is critical.

·         Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to respond to student needs is required.

·         Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload, take initiative in managing projects and develop and keep to time lines with minimal supervision.

·         Proven skills in written and oral communication.

·         Experience in training and supervising professional and support staff preferred.

·         Minimum of intermediate skills in Word, Excel, and MS Outlook.

·         Demonstrated basic-intermediate skills in working with database systems; experience with student record and registration databases such as Banner a plus.

·         Must be available to work occasionally on early mornings, evenings and weekends.       

May 24, 2010 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)