Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, July 8, 2011

Director of Bar Support position at LaVerne

THE UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE, COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications for the position of Director of Bar Support Services beginning immediately.  This is a full time, non-tenured contract position reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and implementing a program to assist students with bar examination preparations.  The duties include teaching a bar preparation course for students in their final year of law school, supervising one or more full-time or part-time Bar Exam Counselors, conducting various bar preparation workshops, tutoring graduates preparing for the bar examination, and assessing the success of the program.  Candidates must be graduates of an ABA approved law school and admitted to practice in at least one jurisdiction by examination. Experience in bar preparation instruction and/or academic support is preferred.  The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity.  Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition program and a generous 10% contribution to the university’s 403B retirement plan.  To apply, please send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy and goals, to Associate Dean John Linarelli,. Alternatively, you may submit your application materials via email to



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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Director of LLM program and international programming position at Northeastern

Although the following announcement is outside our usual postings, I am including it because of the emphasis on international students - an area of interest and expertise for a number of ASP folks.  (Amy Jarmon)


Northeastern University School of Law seeks a highly entrepreneurial, innovative individual to lead its new LLM program and to work on the development of international programming for the law school.


The duties of the Director will include the following:


·         Design and development of the new LLM Program (launching August 2012). The person in this position will lead the development of the new program. This will include program design, international and domestic student recruitment, development of program materials, management of budget, reviewing and maintaining program quality, and other relevant activities.  The person in this position will teach in the courses specifically aimed at LLM students and will work with the Faculty Director to develop the curriculum and recruit adjunct faculty as appropriate

·         Development of international programming. The School of Law is undertaking a variety of international initiatives including development of international co-op (field placement) opportunities for our students, building international employment opportunities for our graduates, and forging connections with universities and law schools outside the U.S. The Director will work with the Dean and other members of the faculty to develop these initiatives.    


The successful candidate must have a JD degree and at least five years of administrative experience, preferably in an academic setting, or five years of law practice or equivalent experience.  The successful candidate should be entrepreneurial, innovative, and have an ability to work with people from varied backgrounds.  Teaching experience and experience working in international situations are strongly preferred.  The successful candidate must have a strong interest in international travel, international education and international students. 


To apply, go to: Questions may be addressed to: Mary Squiers, Associate Dean for Administration and Planning,, (617) 373-3307.



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Santa Clara opening for Assistant Director

Assistant Director of Academic Development

Santa Clara University School of Law

2011-12 Academic Year


The Assistant Director of Academic Development works in and out of the classroom to improve the academic success of Santa Clara University Law School’s students from orientation through bar passage as part of Santa Clara Law’s Academic & Professional Development (“APD”) Department. APD works in coordination with the doctrinal and skills faculty to design, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and improve the supplemental academic skills curriculum. Every APD faculty member teaches courses, provides direct student counseling, and administers various programs on a year-round basis.


Depending on need, the Assistant Director will teach two multiple credit-bearing skills courses, some of which target students in academic difficulty. These courses, ordinarily capped at 20 students, require individualized counseling and regular written feedback aimed at diagnosis and correction, as well as management of enrollment when registration is restricted.


In addition to course work, the Assistant Director will contribute to APD’s substantial academic and course counseling of law students and future bar takers at all levels.


Finally, the Assistant Director must contribute to the management and execution of one or more programs for student academic success and/or bar preparation. These duties may include the hiring, training, and supervision of upper division law students and/or adjunct lecturers. APD faculty also regularly teach at events including Orientation programs and Skills Workshops.



* J.D. and a state bar admission.

* Prior teaching, student counseling, academic support, and/or bar tutoring or grading experience desirable.

* Ability to excel in teaching and counseling students from diverse backgrounds.

* Experience in program management and assessment desirable.

* Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint helpful.

* Ability to think imaginatively, critically, and collaboratively about how to improve and measure student academic development.


This position is a full-time, non-tenure track, one-year lecturer position with benefits.  The position is year-round; summer service in residence is required. The law school supports professional development through conferences and training; service and scholarship are welcome but not required.


Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.


Submit applications to:


Academic & Professional Development

Santa Clara University School of Law

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA  95053-0448



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Florida Coastal seeking an Academic Success Counselor

Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) is seeking an Academic Success Counselor.


Coastal Law offers a professional and pleasant work environment for its employees in addition to offering a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Please submit any questions or cover letters and resumes to


The Academic Success Counselor is responsible for working with students seeking to improve academic performance or experiencing academic difficulty. The Counselor performs additional academic support functions essential to promoting students’ success in law school and to the success and growth of the institution. The position is a full-time non tenure-track academic staff position and carries no voting privileges. This position reports to the Director, Academic Success.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assists in counseling and advising students at various academic stages seeking to improve academic performance and/or with other academic issues including course scheduling, social influences, etc.
  • Facilitates Law School Foundations Seminar with team to include developing lesson plans, presenting weekly classes, and evaluating the progress of assigned first-semester students. Evaluates the success of the program through student evaluations and other means.
  • Assists students in reviewing answers to practice exams (including bar exam essays) and provides advice regarding exam strategy
  • Researches and explores an individual “specialty area” relating to academic success.
  • Assists in preparing and presenting the second-semester and upper level Academic Success power workshops.
  • Tracks the academic progress of students. Updates and maintains spreadsheets used for tracking.
  • In conjunction with other members of the Academic Success Team, recruits, trains, and supervises student Law School Foundations Assistants. Evaluates the success of the program through student evaluations and other means.
  • Assists in planning and executing New Student Orientation
  • Assists Academic Success Team in maintaining Academic Success website
  • Attends meetings as necessary within the law school.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a licensed attorney with one to three years of legal experience.
  • 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.


Job Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Self-starter with service orientation, ability to work independently and maintain confidential information.
  • Must relate well to students and have strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate professionally through both verbal and written means.
  • Create effective and persuasive workshops on various Academic Success topics.
  • Work as a team player - collaboratively and collegially with faculty, staff, students, and administrators from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Excel and Power Point. The ability to adapt to new systems.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail, to manage multiple priorities under tight deadlines
  • Possess a professional, rigorous, respectful, supportive, energetic and reliable commitment to students.
  • Ability and desire to comprehend and work for the Florida Coastal School of Law’s unique philosophy, strategic plan, goals, and doctrine.


Coastal Law is an equal employment opportunity employer.




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Director position open at Charlotte School of Law

A position is open for a Director of the CharlotteLaw Program for Academic Success at Charlotte School of Law.  The institution, now fully ABA accredited, is one that benefits from a dedicated, collegial and supportive faculty as well as academic success counselors who are devoted both to helping students and to continually developing their expertise in teaching and learning.  Applications may be submitted online at the school’s job announcement website at:


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