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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Job opening: Director of Academic Services, Whittier Law School

                                                        Director of Academic Services

                                                Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California

Whittier Law School seeks a full-time Director of Academic Services for the 2011-2012 academic year.  This is a twelve-month non-tenure track position with eligibility for long-term contracts.  The Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services will provide supervision for the Director.

Qualifications:  A Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school or an advanced degree in educational psychology or theory; at least three years experience in a law school academic support program, in student counseling, or in teaching; knowledge of current developments in the field; excellent written and oral communication skills; and strong administrative and supervisory skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Along with the Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services, the Director of Academic Services will develop, implement, and manage the law school's academic services program.  The program includes academic skills workshops or courses for first year and upper division students, as well as one-on-one work with students to design individualized programs for academic success.  The Director also will work with at-risk students who need academic support, including students in jeopardy of disqualification and those on academic probation.

To apply:  Please submit an electronic application that contains a cover letter, a resume and contact information for three references, to:

            Jon Baumunk, Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services

            Whittier Law School

            3333 Harbor Boulevard

            Costa Mesa, CA  92626



All inquiries will be kept confidential.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application deadline:  April 1, 2011, or until position is filled.

Whittier Law School is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity.

March 24, 2011 in Job Descriptions, Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Job opening: Director of Academic Success, Valparaiso

Director of Academic Success Program

The Valparaiso University School of Law invites applicants for the position of Director of Academic Success Program. This is a non‐faculty full‐time administrative position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2011 and a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Director will design, implement, and oversee all aspects of the Law School’s academic success programs, including efforts before matriculation and after graduation, and will work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to provide academic support to law students. The Director will have primary responsibility for working with law 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:

• Design and implement innovative and effective academic support programs

• Coordinate the summer ASP program for new students

• Teach workshops and/or classes for students who need academic support

• Work with students in individual and small group sessions

• Track the academic progress of at‐risk students and students in academic difficulty

• Teach Legal Methods, a required course for first‐year students on academic probation, and Advanced

Legal Studies for third‐year students, a for‐credit bar prep course

• Work with students and graduates planning to take a bar exam to help them design a study and preparation process that will better enable them to be successful on the bar exam

Qualifications for this position:

• J.D. degree from an A.B.A. approved law school; strong law school credentials

• Admitted to a state bar

• One to three years teaching experience (Law experience without teaching experience will generally not be sufficient)

• Ability to work with at‐risk students

• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

• It is expected that the successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds

The priority deadline for receipt of applications is April 8, 2011. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Please submit an electronic letter of interest and resume to:


• Please direct all questions to

March 23, 2011 in Job Descriptions, Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Job opening: Director of Bar Programs at Cal Western

California Western School of Law seeks applicants for the Director of Bar Programs.

The Director of Bar Programs is responsible for staffing and teaching bar preparation programs for second and third year law students, as well as assisting students studying for the California bar examination. To be effective, the Director must stay abreast of developments in the California bar exam; develop and maintain a high level of knowledge about academic support and bar preparation programs; and supervise small group instructors.  The Director also advises the faculty and administration as to all bar preparation matters and makes periodic reports about bar passage.

Requirements:  (1) a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school with a record of academic success; (2) at least two years of law teaching experience, preferably in a bar preparation program; (3) strong skills in course planning, classroom presentation, formative and summative assessment, as well as the ability to counsel and tutor individual students; (4) superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; (5) the ability to think imaginatively and critically about how to measurably improve law student bar performance and to design, implement, and manage programs to promote that development; (6) the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff; and (7) good organization, judgment, and flexibility.

A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications is available.  California Western is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.

The Search Committee is currently accepting applications and will do so until April 15, 2011 the position is filled.  The preferred start date is July 1, 2011Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter describing their qualifications and salary requirements; and (2) a curriculum vitae to Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement Marilyn Scheininger at

Founded in 1924, California Western is a private, independent law school located in downtown San Diego, California.  Please visit our website at

March 22, 2011 in Job Descriptions, Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)