Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Interim Director of Bar Services Position at Golden Gate

The position is a full time staff position for one year. 
To apply, please visit the Golden Gate University website,
and on the home page look for "About GGU" and then the link
"Jobs at GGU" and then the link "View Jobs and Apply
Online".  The application process is entirely online through our
partner "NeoGov" - you need not submit paper materials unless you
want to do so, in which case you can mail them to Kimberly Stanley's address below. 


Kimberly Stanley

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor of Law

Golden Gate University School of Law

536 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA  94105-2968

Tel:  (415) 442-7037

Fax: (415) 442-6609


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Diversity Education and Outreach Position at Northwestern

Job Summary:

The Director, Diversity Education & Outreach is responsible for the
development and management of all Diversity Education & Outreach programs
and activities in the Law School.  This includes recruitment, planning,
coordination, project management, budgeting, student counseling, and external
networking as outlined in the duties described below.


  • Lead Diversity Education and Outreach initiatives in the Law School, ensuring
         the continued development of an inclusive, student-focused culture.
         Oversee and plan programs, workshops, and training sessions with students,
         staff, and faculty to promote the school's effort to build and maintain an
         environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and diverse.  Oversee programs
         to support the integration of diverse students into the law school
  • Serve as an advisor to individual students on academic issues, curricular and
         educational decisions, academic progress and performance, and career
         objectives.  Serve as ombudsperson for students when necessary. 
         Provide guidance and support to 12 student groups who serve diverse
         students or whose mission involves diversity;
  • Collaborate in program and policy development is Student Services to ensure that
         diversity goals are included in event planning, budget preparation, and
         promotion of the mission statement;
  • Take on Student Services assignments as delegated by the Associate Dean of
         Students, including matters related to the honor code, character and
         fitness, examinations, orientation, convocation, ADA accommodations, and
         other matters related to Student Life. Represent Dean of Student Services
         in circumstances as needed;
  • Build external networks to promote diversity goals of law school. 
         Represent the school at the local, state, and national levels on all
         matters related to diversity affairs;
  • Foster the development of a vibrant community of diverse scholars through work
         with diverse alumni, faculty, and current students. Ensure diversity goals
         and initiatives are integrated in the Law School community, including
         marketing efforts, recruitment, and other strategic objectives and
  • Work with school deans, faculty, staff, and other administrative offices to
         plan strategies, develop programs, and implement new activities that
         foster and support the diversity of the law school student
         population.  With Law Admissions, develop and implement innovative
         recruitment strategies to attract a larger number of diverse student
         applicants through work with Student Services, personal visits to target
         schools and cities, dissemination of materials promoting the Law School,
         coordination of student, faculty, and alumni efforts, and individualized
         follow-up with applicants.  Advise the Dean on diversity issues;
  • Develop financial aid resources (including scholarships) and employment
         opportunities for diverse students through coordination with a range of
         private and not-for-profit organizations;
  • Plan and manage Diversity Education and Outreach budget; coordinate and consult
         in planning and management of Student Affairs' budget.  Review and
         approve expenditures charged to and revenues applied to Diversity
         Education and Outreach and assigned student groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school;
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of legal or the equivalent combination of education,
         training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with
         students, faculty, alumni, staff, legal professionals, and the general
  • Proven ability to exercise initiative and judgment in coordinating various
         programs to serve the best interest of all parties involved;
  • Must be self-directed and willing to identify and assume new responsibilities
         as the needs of the Law School change and grow;
  • Must be willing to travel and when necessary, work a flexible schedule (night
         and weekend events are sometimes necessary).
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in counseling, recruitment, and/or job placement in a law
         school or comparable setting strongly preferred;
  • Prior experience in both advocacy and conflict management/resolution settings;
  • Prior experience that encompasses broad range of client interactions, including,
         at least, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, sexual identity, and
         socio-economic status diversity.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal
background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal
background check prior to employment.

The job posting can be found on line at
 Search diversity.  The pay level is an Exempt 9 (range $60-100k).

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Date Posted: 7/5/2013

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Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Position at Southwestern


Southwestern announces an exciting opportunity in its Academic Support and Bar-Related
Programs Office. The Program Coordinator is responsible for a diverse number of
administrative and operational responsibilities. The ideal candidate will be a
versatile self-starter capable of working with minimal supervision and able to
coordinate and manage multiple assignments and projects successfully and creatively
while interacting with a variety of constituencies. The Project Coordinator
will provide general administrative assistance including but not limited to
program participation management, document production, database management,
proofreading, budget management, event coordination, and graphic design/​desktop

The Program Coordinator is a critical member of the Academic Support and
Bar-Related Program team.  The office has primary responsibility for
designing and implementing innovative academic support programs, courses, and
individual and small group counseling sessions, and designing and assisting
with bar exam preparation classes, workshops and events.


  • First-year and upper-division academic skills workshops and

  • Summer and winter bar preparation programs;

  • The Dean's Fellows program;

  • Assists with bar data review and presentation;

  • Processes invoices and tracks departmental expenses;

  • Oversees work-study students and projects;

  • Prepares the annual activity calendar; and

  • Maintains the program's portal page and program-specific TWEN


degree with two years' experience in student, academic or administrative
services. The successful candidate will also possess excellent interpersonal,
service, and verbal/​written communication skills; good judgment; strong
organizational and planning abilities; and proficiency in computer programs (MS
Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint).​

For consideration, send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to



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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Successful Bar Exam Writing Practice

Writing style and format is critical to successful bar exam performance.  Do not fall into the trap of only memorizing the law.  You must focus on your approach and your writing techniques in order to reach a passing score on the Multistate Essays and the Multistate Performance Test.  Here are a few ways to ensure that you will achieve passing scores:

  • Carefully read the fact pattern, call lines, and file/library.  Take your time!
  • Organize your thoughts before you begin writing.  Use your scratch paper!
  • Use only the amount of time allowed for each essay or PT task. Time your practice! 
  • Use an organizational model like IRAC or CRAC.  Use it for every issue and sub-issue!
  • Make your answer easy to read.  Use short concise sentences and paragraphs!
  • Remember to review what you have written.  Become the grader!
  • Do not get frustrated by your mistakes, get motivated and learn from them!
  • Keep practicing…practice equals passing!


Lisa Young

July 9, 2013 in Bar Exam Issues, Bar Exam Preparation, Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)