Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Etiquette - times seem to have changed

Some days it strikes me how very different the world is for our current 20-something law students from the world where most of us have grown up, started working, and lived our professional and personal lives.  Although my concerns might reflect my age (and my more prevalent gray hairs), I think there are some basic life skills/habits that most ASP'ers over 30 grew up with that some of our students desperately need to acquire if they will succeed in the workplace. 

Here are some items that some members of this newer generation of students seem unfamiliar with from their past experiences:

  • One should come to an appointment or meeting with paper and a writing instrument (or electronic gizmo) for notes.
  • One should look at one's Outlook, planner, electronic calendar ap, or hand (for the ink on palm types) after noting an appointment so that one actually shows up for the appointment.
  • One should not text, take phone calls, or check e-mail during an appointment or meeting.
  • One should not talk to others in class while the professor is leading the class.
  • One should always be prepared for classes, meetings, appointments, etc.
  • One should e-mail or telephone ahead to cancel an appointment with a professor or administrator so that the opening can be given to another person.
  • One should e-mail or telephone a professor or administrator to apologize for missing an appointment because of a sudden emergency or oversleeping.
  • Standing appointment times mean just that - they are regular unless one asks to cancel or modify them.

Why do I bring this up?  Today I had three "no shows" as well as one timely cancellation.  I had other students who had wanted appointments today but could not match times on my calendar - those students could have used the "no show" times, however, if the spots had been properly cancelled.  (Amy Jarmon) 

October 2, 2010 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Welcome to Jeff Wyss, New Director at Pepperdine

This summer Selina Farrell, Assistant Professor of Law, announced on the ASP listserv that Jeff Wyss has joined the Pepperdine University School of Law as the new Director of the Academic Success Program.  Please welcome Jeff to the ASP community with your usual ASP friendliness and enthusiasm!  I have included here part of Selina's listserv announcement.  (Amy Jarmon)

Jeff graduated from Pepperdine in 2009, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the law school.  Jeff most recently held the position of associate at Latham & Watkins in San Diego. I know Jeff will be an excellent leader for our academic support and bar prep programs, and the students will benefit greatly from his guidance and enthusiasm. 

October 1, 2010 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome to Tishia Dunham at Stetson

This summer Jeffrey Minnetti, Director of Academic Success and Associate Professor of Legal Skills, announced on the ASP listserv that Tishia Dunham had joined the Stetson School of Law academic success program as the Director of Bar Preparation Services and an Assistant Professor of Legal Skills.  We would like to welcome Tishia to the ASP community!  Hopefully many of you will get a chance to meet her at LSAC and other regional workshops.  (Amy Jarmon)

Included here is part of Jeffrey's announcement on the listserv:

Prior to joining the Stetson faculty, Professor Dunham practiced law for seven years in the areas of employment law, commercial and business litigation and real property with an emphasis on community associations.  Professor Dunham also served as a bar exam grader for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for five years before joining Stetson.  Professor Dunham’s experience as a bar exam grader has given her unique insight into the specific skills students must master to pass the Florida Bar Examination.  Professor Dunham has used this insight to help repeat takers pass the bar exam.


September 30, 2010 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bar Passage Counselor Position at Charlotte Law

The School recently received provisional ABA approval and is in the process of seeking full accreditation by 2011.  This position will be particularly attractive to candidates seeking a dynamic, changing environment that encourages cultural and creative growth and fosters the same in a rapidly growing staff, faculty, and student body.

The Bar Passage Counselor reports directly to the Associate Dean of Student Services.  The successful candidate will work with students seeking to assist them with their bar admissions goals.  The Counselor performs other academic support functions essential to promoting students’ success in law school and to the success and growth of the institution. 

The school is a member of The InfiLaw Systema 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.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

• Counsel and advise students on bar admissions protocol, bar exam preparation, law school in general and the legal profession;
• Teach a law school course developed to increase students’ likelihood of bar exam success (North Carolina, and to a lesser extent, South Carolina, substantive law);
• Assist in the maintenance of statistical information on students and graduates;
• Prepare and present various Bar Exam related workshops and seminars;
• Further develop current bar exam preparation programming;
• Attend the North Carolina and South Carolina bar exams (where appropriate);
• Participate in bar exam related best practices meetings;
• Assist students in reviewing answers to practice exams;
• Attend meetings as necessary within the law school; and
• Attend seminars and conferences to improve ability to provide appropriate services at the law school.


• Applicant must be a North Carolina or South Carolina licensed attorney.    
• Prior academic support experience (either professional or as part of a graduate or law school program) or teaching experience (i.e., legal writing or comparable teaching experience in writing and analytical skills training) is preferred.
• Must be highly motivated and possess personal initiative and drive.
• Strong oral and written communication skills required due to high level of interaction with students, employers and other professionals
• A strong commitment to CharlotteLaw’s mission pillars of student centeredness, practice ready and serving the underserved.


• Juris Doctor Degree from an approve ABA accredited law school.


Licensed attorney in North Carolina or South Carolina.  (Dual licensure a plus).

Salary is commensurate with experience. CharlotteLaw offers a full benefits package. For more information about Charlotte 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 – Charlotte 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:


Charlotte School of Law

Human Resources
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC, 28208

Charlotte School of Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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