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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, February 19, 2010

Student Services Position at Touro Law School


Assistant Dean for Student Services

Job Description

 Touro Law Center seeks an Assistant Dean for Student Services to be responsible for virtually all matters involving student life at the law school.  The Assistant Dean reports to the Dean of the Law Center and works closely with all other administrators to ensure that Touro law students experience a supportive, inclusive, and successful legal education. 


 Student Advising & Counseling:  Be available to students seeking counsel and advice on issues including, but not limited to, disability, mental health, family/personal, stress, career and professional development, course selections and other academic issues.  In addition to scheduled appointments, the Assistant Dean is expected to maintain availability for “walk-in” appointments to answer questions, solve problems address student concerns.  Working closely with the other Associate and Assistant Deans and the Registrar, the candidate should help to identify students with academic concerns. Because Touro Law Center has day and evening sessions, the incumbent will be expected to be available to both day and evening students.  Some evening and weekend hours should be expected.

Exam Administration:  Coordinate all aspects of Touro Law Center midterm and final examination administration, including the scheduling of proctors, arranging for accommodations for students with disabilities and exam conflicts and enforcing important exam-related student deadlines.

Student Organizations & Activities:  Supervise and work with the Director of Student Services who is the administrative liaison for all law student organizations, including the Student Bar Association. 

 Minority Recruitment & Retention:  In consultation with the Dean and the Admissions Office, develop and implement a plan for increasing diversity in the law school community and fostering an inclusive, supportive atmosphere.  Facilitate the planning of multicultural events for the law school community. 

Awards & Scholarships:  Collect and disseminate certain types of scholarship and fellowship information and other monetary opportunities for students (i.e., essay contests).

Organize and supervise first year orientation.

 Supervise honors programs – special enrichment programs for outstanding students.


Assist in implementation of web-based student services delivery systems. Monitor Office of Student Services social media outlets (i.e. blog, Facebook account, Twitter account.)

Coordinate with the Academic Associate Dean about class scheduling and implementation of academic policies.

Enforce academic discipline (probation and dismissal) in coordination with the Associate Dean and the academic support faculty and other administrators.


 J.D. degree and 5 years of post J.D. experience.  A counseling background and/or experience in higher education administration would be beneficial.

 Demonstrated ability to work with widely diverse groups of people.

Ability to work collaboratively with other units; an ability to work well with, inform, and motivate staff, prospective and current students, faculty, alumni, and admissions, financial aid and other student services professionals.

 Excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong computer skills.

 Good judgment and the ability to make decisions quickly and fairly.

 Demonstrated managerial and organizational skills.

 Ability and willingness to travel.

 A review of applications will begin March 23, 2010. Starting date July 1, 2010.

 To apply:  Mail a resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to: 


Assistant Dean Brett Gilbert

            Chair of Assistant Dean Search Committee

            Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

            225 Eastview Drive

            Central Islip, NY 11722

February 19, 2010 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Director of Academic Support and Bar--Southwestern Law

Director of Academic Support and Bar Exam Related Programming

Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School invites applications for the position of Director of Academic Support and Bar Exam Related Programming, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2010.  This is a full-time administrative position.

The Director’s primary responsibility will be to work with students (both J.D. and LL.M. students) to help them adjust to the academic demands of law school and to develop skills to reach their full academic potential for performance in law school, on the bar exam, and after graduation.  Responsibilities include: designing and implementing innovative academic support programs; teaching workshops and/or classes for students who need academic support; working with students in individual and small group sessions; designing and assisting with the law school’s bar exam preparation classes, workshops, and events.  The ideal candidate will be an energetic and knowledgeable professional exhibiting a high degree of organizational skills, sensitivity and integrity.  Candidates must be willing to work some evenings, so as to be able to design programs and provide support for students in the school’s part-time evening program. 

Applicants should have a J.D., a solid academic record, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and senior administration, and excellent writing and speaking skills. Experience in a law school academic support program or other relevant teaching experience is preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

Founded in 1911, Southwestern is located in the heart of Los Angeles with a campus of award-winning facilities, including a world-renowned Art Deco landmark.  Southwestern is fully approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS.  It is the only law school to offer four J.D. courses of study that differ in scheduling and instructional approach, including traditional full- and part-time programs, as well as a unique two-year alternative curriculum. The school is proud of its long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service, and innovative programs.  More information about Southwestern may be found at

Applications should be sent by email to Austen Parrish, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at   Please attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list references.  Southwestern is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Southwestern is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

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

Monday, February 15, 2010

How should they spend Spring Break?

This is a question that comes up every year. It is not raised by every student. It tends to be an issue for the outliers, the super-high achievers afraid of losing their edge by taking any time away from studying and the bottom quintile, afraid that they will flunk out of law school.  There is no one answer that fits all students. But it is a great way to open up a conversation with students on what they should be doing during the entire semester, and how to accomplish their goals without making themselves crazy. Issues I raise with students:

1) What does your studying look like right now? What have you been doing up to now? Where are your outlines? If you have not started them, why not? Do you tend to put off studying or outlining until you "have the time"? When that "time" comes, do you really start studying, or do you procrastinate? Were your outlines done before reading week in the fall? Are you planning on cramming all your outlines into spring break? Do you think you will be exhausted if you try to complete everything in such a short period of time? (Explain how they should be ready to take exams when they come back from spring break, and this means mental readiness as well as academic readiness).

2) How do you feel right now? About yourself? About law school? About family?

3) How are you handling the pressure/stress? Do you feel exhilarated, or are you drained? If you feel drained, do you think more studying will help you feel better by exam time? Do you feel drained because studying/outlining has been hanging over your head? Or do you feel drained because you have given so much of yourself to law school that you don't feel like you have anything left? If you feel exhilarated, are you thriving by devoting yourself to law school?

4) What is your study style? Do you like to get things done in the nick of time, or do you like a steady pace? If you like a steady pace but are behind right now, did events cause you to fall behind? Or are you too exhausted to get everything done? If you are a nick-of-time person, did this serve you well in the fall? (Explain the differences between studying/cramming for undergrad exams and studying for law school exams.)

5) If you have a significant other, what are their plans for spring break? Your friends? Do you feel pressure to go somewhere when you would prefer to do something else (like study)? How did you handle peer pressure in the past? Why does this peer pressure feel different from peer pressure in the past?

Again, this is a student-by-student conversation and the advice differs every time I have the conversation. I don't necessarily tell all procrastinators to get studying, or tell all turtles (steady studiers) to take a break.  What matters more is they why; why do they feel this way? Asking questions often leads students to their own answer, and puts them back in control of their life. (RCF)

February 15, 2010 in Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)