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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Academic Success/Bar Prep Position at Wayne State

Wayne State University School of Law is looking for a Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation.  The link to the job ad can be found below (Academic Advisor II Dean's Office School of Law).

Wayne State University Law School

Posting 039085

Applications are online through the university employment website.  

The Academic Advisor II is committed to student achievement and will be primarily responsible for developing, leading, coordinating, and implementing programs that support Wayne Law's goals of improving students' academic success and success on the bar examination.

Coordinate Bar Preparation Program

* Develop a comprehensive array of bar preparation services for J.D. students at Wayne Law

 * Teach (or co-teach) a series of bar examination workshops for third-year students

 * Counsel students who are preparing to sit for the bar examination and help them develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for passing the bar exam

 * Provide analysis and feedback to help students improve their examination writing and test-taking skills

 * Provide individual counseling and review essays etc. for repeat bar takers

 * Develop and run programming related to the bar application process and the bar examination, with an emphasis on Michigan and the Multistate Bar Examination  Coordinate Academic Success Program

 * Design and implement an academic success and support program, including individualized assistance, with an emphasis on developing skills that will assist law students in improving academic performance

 * Coordinate and conduct ASP workshops for first-year students on topics such as time management, effective note-taking, outlining and examination preparation

 * Conduct group and individual counseling sessions, and develop individualized remediation and referral programs for law students at all levels who are in need of academic support, including students on probation

 * Provide learning assessments to address basic grammar and (non-legal) standard English writing skills, conduct appropriate workshops and/or provide referrals to appropriate resources to support fundamental writing skills, all in support of the Practice Skills curriculum being taught by the legal writing faculty as well as other courses taught by various faculty

 * Develop a student academic mentor program and provide training, facilitation and supervision for the student mentors

 * Gather, compile, and report statistical data regarding student participation in, and impact on student performance of, the various ASP offerings

 * Serve on Wayne Law and University committees, as assigned

 * Undertake other duties related to academic support, success, retention and bar preparation as assigned by the Assistant Dean of Students  

Unique Duties / Qualifications

  * J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, be admitted to the practice of law in at least one jurisdiction and possess strong academic credentials

 * Excellent interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents within the diverse Wayne Law community, including students served by the ASP, faculty members and Wayne Law administration

 * Must be able to work independently in a highly organized, detail-oriented, multi-tasking, fast-paced environment  

Preferred Qualifications

* At least three years' experience working in a law school, teaching legal writing or other classroom teaching, or in academic assistance or academic counseling

* A law school GPA of 3.0 or higher

* Ability to manage a variety of projects while ensuring appropriate tracking, quality control, follow-up and multiple deadlines are met

* Strong organizational and time-management skills

* Availability to work at evening and weekend ASP programs, as required

* Experience with diverse student populations: ethnic, gender, age, economic level, etc.

* Ability to work effectively with students of varying levels of academic preparedness

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