Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, June 22, 2012

Update from PLANC

While many of you were off to the LSAC ASP conference in Denver, a handful of us were in Washington, DC for PLANC (Pre-Law Advisors National Conference). As much as I would have loved to attend both conferences, I could not. I was invited to speak on professionalism at PLANC, and I had accepted the invitation in January.

Here is an update on things of relevance to ASPer's that happened at PLANC:

The unintentional, unavoidable focus for the conference centered on jobs, placement stats, and employablity of graduates. While this might not seem to be of immediate interest to ASPer's, there was an acknowledgement of the immense pressure to pass the bar on the first try. In the past, the bar pass issues have revolved around ABA accreditation. This year, bar pass was stressed because failure to pass the bar on the first try can kill any chances of a legal career. This should make more students amenable to early bar prep, and more focused during post-graduate bar prep.

One thing always stand out during PLANC and APLA meetings: how many pre-law professionals are not JD's. This has implications for ASP because the type of pre-law professional a student works with before matriculation can result in different first-year studying habits. Pre-law professionals who handle multiple types of students (pre-law, pre-health professions, grad school prep), who focus only on the application process, or focus on career prep have a different focus than pre-law professionals whose sole purpose is to prepare pre-law students for law school. If you are an ASPer at a school that has feeder undergraduate institutions (a feeder institution is any one school that supplies your class with more than 10% of your incoming 1L's) should reach out to the pre-law professionals at those schools to talk about what information those students have about the rigors of law school academics.


June 22, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Welcome Dan Weddle as Co-Editor

Rebecca and I are delighted to announce that Dan Weddle, Director of Academic Support at University of Missouri - Kansas City, is joining us as a Co-Editor for the Law School Academic Support Blog. 

Dan previously served as a Co-Editor with Dennis Tonsing and later with me before he decided to take a break for several years.  He has been involved in research and writing about bullying and other educational issues during his hiatus from the blog. 

We know that all of our readers will benefit from his insights.  Welcome back, Dan!  (Amy Jarmon)  

June 18, 2012 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Assistant Director Position at Stetson

POSITION:                 Assistant Director for Academic Success & Bar Preparation Services

DEPARTMENT:        Academic Success & Bar Preparation Services

DATE POSTED:        06/12/2012 

Primary Purpose:

Participates in the development and implementation of a comprehensive Academic Success Program that partners with students from admission through bar passage.  Responsibilities will include academic counseling and administrative tasks. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Academic Counseling

  • Advises upper-level students on course selection, study techniques and exam preparation. 
  • Reviews upper-level student work product to provide analysis and feedback to help students improve their writing skills.

Bar Preparation Counseling

  • Meets with individuals who are preparing for the bar exam and review sample bar exam essays and provide analysis and feedback to help them improve their writing skills.
  • Helps individuals develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for passing the bar exam. 
  • Develops and implement the Bar Preparation Service’s Repeat Taker Program.
  • Addresses general student questions about completing the bar application. 

Administrative Tasks

  • Assists with Academic Success and Bar Preparation Workshops.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of the Bar Preparation website and blog.
  • Assists with New Student Orientation. 
  • Collaborates with other campus offices to provide a comprehensive and meaningful academic experience for students. 
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


J.D. degree required.  Must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.  One to three years’ experience in academic support preferred. Ability to build rapport with students in individual counseling setting. Ability to maintain the confidentiality of student records and information. Ability to conduct basic statistical analysis, preferred.  A high level of organization, flexibility, judgment and interpersonal skills are required.  Strong written and verbal communication skills, and presentation ability, required.  Experience with Stetson’s bar preparation program, a plus.Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 

Stetson University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, affirms the values and goals of diversity and strongly encourages the applications of all candidates, including women and candidates from historically under-represented groups. 

Resumes and/or applications and salary requirements should be sent to Human Resources Office at 1401 61st Street S, Gulfport, FL 33707 or email to  

June 18, 2012 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Assessment Institute Coming in the Fall

Thanks to Carlota Toledo for posting the link recently on the ASP listserv for The 2012 Assessment Institute at Indiana University - Indianapolis in October.  If you want more information on the institute's workshops you can find the web pages at: 2012 Assessment Institute .  (Amy Jarmon)

June 18, 2012 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)