Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fellowship position at Southwestern Law School





Southwestern Law School invites applicants for the administration, counseling and teaching fellowship in the Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs office (ASP) for a one-year term beginning in August 2011.  The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a young lawyer or recent law school graduate to gain experience in administration, counseling and teaching in academic support and bar programs.  The fellow will work closely with the Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Faculty assisting in the creation, administration and implementation of new programs and courses, the supervision of student tutors and the development of academic support and bar-related course curriculum. 


Duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to any of the following:

  • Working with the Director of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs to research, design, implement and manage academic support programs, including pre-matriculation programs, first-year programs and Bar examination preparation programs
  • Meeting with students individually and in small groups regarding academic performance issues
  • Supervising student teaching assistants
  • Teaching academic skills in workshops to current students
  • Assisting with additional services to enhance the academic success of students


Required Qualifications:

  • JD from an ABA accredited law school and admission to the California Bar
  • At least one year of legal work experience in practice, government, non-profit organization, judicial clerking or other legal setting
  • Ability to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including students, staff and faculty
  • Ability to counsel, critique and guide students to self-improvement through a professional, rigorous, respectful, supportive and reliable commitment to them
  • Experience in academic support or legal writing instruction or other teaching experience
  • Availability to offer occasional weekend or evening workshops
  • Imagination, innovation and desire to grow into responsibilities in areas of mutual interest and need
  • Understanding of, and ability to work for, the mission and goals of Southwestern Law School


The fellowship is an opportunity to develop a career in academic support or skills teaching.  The salary is competitive with other academic fellowships.  The fellow will also receive a competitive benefits package provided by Southwestern Law School.  


Applicants should submit the following:


  • A one page cover-letter describing (a) prior experience in providing legal services and teaching legal skills or concepts to law students; (b) other relevant experience; (c) aspirations for future legal education work; and (d) information relevant to the applicant’s potential for program development and management, supervision and teaching.
  • A resume
  • Contact information for three professional references and
  • A law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)


Applications must be received by May 15, 2011 or until position is filled and e-mailed directly to Professor Gabriela Ryan, at


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Southwestern Law School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.


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