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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Director of Academic Success and Bar Prep at South Carolina

Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation 

The University of South Carolina School of Law seeks a Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation.  The Director will support the overall academic mission of the law school by developing and implementing an academic success program that encourages a high level of academic performance for all students.  The Director will work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the faculty in designing a comprehensive academic support program.  

The Candidate must have a J.D. or equivalent degree from an ABA-approved law school and be a licensed attorney in good standing.  The Candidate must have a strong academic record that demonstrates potential for successfully leading a law school academic success program. The Candidate must have 2-4 years of relevant experience, with preference given to applicants who have experience in developing and directing academic support programs.  The successful Candidate must also demonstrate the ability to identify, develop, and assess the essential skills law school students need to achieve academic success, with a focus on legal analysis and writing.  The Candidate may demonstrate prior success in this area through direct academic support experience or through relevant practical experience in private practice or public sector work. Salary is based on individual qualifications and experience with salary range of $60,000 to $70,000. 

To apply for this position, please send a CV and cover letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Danielle Holley-Walker or visit the University’s website at  Applications received by May 15, 2012 will receive full consideration. 

Job Description 

•The Director will design and implement an academic success curriculum. The curriculum will include an emphasis on developing analytical skills, writing skills, time management skills, and other skills that will assist law students in achieving a high level of academic performance.

•The Director will identify students for possible inclusion in the law school’s academic success program and develop strategies to effectively communicate with students about the benefits of participating in the program.

•The Director will be responsible for hiring and coordinating a group of 2L and 3L student tutors who will provide a peer tutoring program for 1Ls. 

•The Director will be responsible for assessing the academic support program and making periodic reports to the administration and faculty on the program’s progress and outcomes.  

•The Director will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of a bar preparation program. This will include identifying 3L students that are “at risk” for failing the bar and implementing a program for bar preparation.

•The Director will assist in analyzing bar exam results and developing lectures, writing tutorials, or other programs to address weaknesses in student bar performance.

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