Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Update on the Law School Academic Success Project Website

The following e-mail from Louis Schulze (Chair) appeared on the Academic Support Section listserv for AALS to update ASP'ers on the status of LSASP and some assistance that is needed to update the website:

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, the law school academic success project website is maintained by the AALS Section
on Academic Support.  A few weeks ago, some questions arose on the ASP
listserv regarding how to gain access to that website.  After some
troubleshooting, it now appears that those matters have been resolved, and we
are moving forward with continued improvements to the website. 

As Chair of the Section, I’m happy to report that OJ Salinas, of UNC Law, has agreed to serve as Senior Editor of the website and Chair of the Section’s Website committee.  You will be noticing some changes to the website in the near future, and I write today to ask for your assistance with some of these changes: 

(1)  Any person who recently requested access to the website should now have access.  You should have received an email approving your request.  If you recently requested access and have not
been approved, please contact OJ at

(2)  We need assistance with the “Contacts” section of the website.  Could you please check your information and your school’s information for accuracy and report any changes to OJ?  Also, if you were recently granted access to the website and would like to be added to the
contacts section of our website, please forward to OJ at your school;
title; telephone number; and email.  If you have one available, a photograph would be helpful (head shot is best for the website).  If you have an updated photograph that you would like added to the website, please forward it to OJ, as well.

(3)  We would like to update the portion of the website dealing with conferences.  If you know of an upcoming ASP conference, could you please report it to OJ?  If you recently presented at a
conference and would be willing to share your materials, could you email OJ?  We want to continue to use the website as an ASP resource, and conference materials are valuable resources.

Additional changes are on the horizon for the website, and we look forward to rolling those out in the near future.  In the meantime, I’m sure I speak for our community when I thank Jon McClanahan of UNC Law for chairing the website committee for several years now and doing a wonderful
job.  Thanks also go to OJ Salinas for his recent work and for agreeing to chair the committee in the future.  Finally, our entire community owes a huge debt of gratitude to Ruth Ann McKinney for the hours upon hours of work she invested in creating the LSASP website, which is an incredible

Best regards,


Louis N. Schulze, Jr.

Professor of Law & Director of Academic Support




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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Assistant Dean for Student Support at Catholic University

Assistant Dean for Student Support (full-time, 35 hours/week). Law School - Office of the Dean

Position Summary: The Law School provides graduate (JD) and post-graduate (LL.M) education for the practice of Law. 

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, the Assistant Dean for Students Support is responsible for supporting students in their personal, academic and institutional social
activities within the Law School. The Assistant Dean for Student Support will collaborate with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research to ensure the highest quality academic and personal experience for all students. 

Essential Responsibilities Include: Establishing a program of academic excellence to help diagnose and support students who are at academic risk as measured by their first semester's grades; identifying students who have learning disorders or are experiencing serious personal/emotional problems and refer as appropriate to on- or off-campus professionals; working with faculty, external experts and university support personnel to establish courses, conferences and programs that will support student and faculty needs; working with the Office of Student Life to aid students organize and administer programs of interest to all students or groups of students; designing and producing the annual orientation program for incoming students; supporting and advising the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research as desired and needed; serving as primary point of contact for students' suggestions, requests and acting as ombudsman as appropriate in response; supporting Academic Support Manager and all deans and directors in the preparation of the ABA Annual Report, the U.S. News Annual Survey and preparation for the seven-year ABA site inspection, including the self-study, data collection and site visit. 

Minimum Qualifications: A JD is required. Candidates with a Master's degree in educational Counseling and three (3) years of experience at the graduate level may be considered. A minimum of five plus (5+) years related work experience in an institutional of higher education, preferably an ABA accredited law school. Experience organizing conferences, lectures and programs is desirable. 

For immediate consideration, please forward 1) resume, 2) cover letter and 3) salary requirements to Attention Ms. Ivonne Ambrozkiewicz, Director of Employment & Training Development, Please quote position 101185 in your correspondence. You
must include your salary requirements as part of your application

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Assistant Director Position at Touro

Assistant Director for Academic Development and Bar Programs

Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director for Academic Development and Bar Programs.  This position is a 12-month position and reports to the Director of Academic Development and Bar Programs. 

The Assistant Director for Academic Development and Bar Programs assists the Director of Academic
Development and Bar Programs in all aspects of Touro’s Academic Development
programs including: recruiting, training, and supervising teaching assistants;
working with students on an individual basis; coordinating and providing skills
training workshops; developing appropriate student learning materials;
coordinating and teaching in Touro’s bar-preparation programs; and implementing
new services relevant to enhancing our law students’ academic experience. 

Job Responsibilities:

Primary responsibility for the administrative duties associated with the 1L Teaching Assistant (“TA”)
Program with shared monitoring and training responsibilities; the
administrative tasks include: identifying and selecting TAs, scheduling TA
sessions, monitoring TA and student attendance, reviewing weekly TA status
reports, and maintaining and disseminating TA materials;

Provide individual counseling and tutoring;

In conjunction with the Director of Academic Development and Bar Programs,  sharing in the creation, maintenance, and distribution of teaching materials which includes the further development and maintenance of the ASP website/blog;

Assist in implementing and teaching in programs related to academic development and bar exam

One-on-one tutoring in Touro’s summer bar prep program;

Other duties related to academic support, success, retention, and bar preparation as assigned by the Director of Academic Development and Bar Programs;

Design, develop, implement, and conduct academic-success workshops and programs, including instruction for refining students’ analytical, learning, and time management skills, as well as guidance in case briefing, note taking, outlining, exam preparation and exam taking. 


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school.  The ideal candidate should possess excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to academic support. Strong interpersonal communications skills are essential. Experience in academic support or teaching,
whether at the college or law school level, is required.  Evening and some weekend work is

Application Procedure

Please send a cover letter and your resume to:  The subject line of your email should read:  Assistant Director of Academic Support. 

Application Deadline:  Friday, July 26, 2013

Touro Law Center is located in Central Islip, on the south shore of Long Island, an hour
from New York City. Fifty full-time law faculty members provide a
practice-oriented educational curriculum to approximately 700 students in both
full-time day and part-time evening programs. Visit for
more information about Touro Law Center.

Touro College is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. Our
practices and employment decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment,
promotion, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment are not
to be based on an employee's race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin,
disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, marital
status, genetic predisposition, housing status, or any other protected status,
in accordance with applicable law. Our policies are in conformance with Title
IX, 1972 Education Amendments


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Assistant Dean Position at Texas Southern

Law School:   
  Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Title:         Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness

Department:  Law 

to:     Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 

Date:      Fall Semester 2013


            The Assistant Dean for Academic Support & Bar Readiness (ADASBR) performs a variety of functions at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Office of Academic Affairs, to support the teaching and learning goals of the Law School. The ADASBR will have a 12-month administrative
appointment. The ADASBR will divide his/her time between the administrative
duties in academic support, bar examination services program, and teaching or
assisting in the teaching of 1-2 Bar courses per year at the Law School.  Salary is commensurate with University guidelines and experience.

The ADASBR is responsible for:

  • Effective management of existing academic support programs at the Law School.
  • Designing and implementing strategies to successfully assist students’ learning,
         particularly at-risk or high risk students.
  • Participating in individual and group academic advising of at-risk Bar examination
  • Designing and implementing strategies to assist students with preparation for the Bar
         examination including working with members of the administration and
         faculty to evaluate curriculum and academic standards to maximize Bar
  • Participating in the planning and development of Bar exam passage and enhancement
         programs, including Bar examination counseling and coaching of students
         during their enrollment and as they prepare to take the Bar examination.
  • Along with other members of the administration, evaluating and creating reports
         on statistical data regarding students’ academic performance, course enrollment,
         entrance scores and Bar passage results; Work with the Center for Pedagogy
         and Law School Assessment Department to develop and track matrix to
         determine effectiveness of programs and initiatives.
  • Hiring, training and supervising  student mentors  who provide academic
         support ;
  • Assisting in designing and implementing the academic support component of the
         orientation programs;
  • Work with Students’ Affairs in overseeing the institution’s policies for
         providing reasonable accommodation for academic support students with
         disabilities to ensure compliance with the ADA and section 504 of the
         Rehabilitation Act.

The ADASBR may have other responsibilities as assigned from
time to time by the Dean of the Law School and or Associate Dean for Academic

The ADASBR reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
and works closely with other constituencies within the law school, particularly
the Assistant Dean of Students’ Services, Registrar, and Executive Director of
Assessment, Bar Curriculum Instructors, Lawyering Process instructors, Tutors,
Student Mentors, Writing Professors, and other faculty members.  

            Applicants must have a J.D. degree and strong academic credentials. The successful candidate must be able to work both collaboratively and independently and must have a creative approach to problem solving, with strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication
skills, and demonstrated success in collaborating within all levels of an
institution. Preference will be given for experience in teaching and coaching
at-risk law students, academic support, law school administration, law school
teaching, and scholarship in the area of learning theory and academic support.

            Please apply at www.  Click on the link for “Search Job Postings”
and type “Law” in the Department Name.  Select the position for Assistant Dean, Academic Support and Bar Exam Services.  If you have any questions, please contact Associate Dean Gabriel Aitsebaomo at 713.313.1127 or


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Request for Article Submissions to The Learning Curve

Dear ASP colleagues: 

The Learning Curve is the official publication of the AALS Section on Academic Support, showcasing
brief articles treating theoretical or practical ideas related to student support and teaching excellence.  Recently we shifted to a twice-yearly publication structure, and we look forward to sharing our first summer issue next month.  Its articles explore ways to incorporate "Fun and
Games" into your programs. 

We are considering articles for the January 2014 issue now, and we want to hear from you!  We are
particularly interested in submissions concerning professional development in ASP, and encourage both new and seasoned ASP professionals to submit their work.  Can you share some advice regarding scholarship – generating ideas, outlining, navigating the submission process, etc.?  Are you doing
something innovative in your classroom?  Do you have a fresh take on technology or what it means to be “ASPish”?  Can you tell us something about the history of ASP teaching? 

Please ensure that your articles are applicable to our wide readership.  Principles that apply
broadly, i.e. to all teaching or support program environments, are especially
welcome.  While we always want to be supportive of your work, we discourage articles that focus solely on advertising for an individual school’s program.  

Please send your submission to by no later than August 30, 2013.  Please attach it to your message as a Word file.  Please do not send hard copy manuscripts, and please do not paste a manuscript into the body of your e-mail.  Articles should be 500 to 2,000 words, with light notes, if appropriate.  Please note that Publisher does not support footnotes that run with text. 
Endnotes or references lists will be used in publication and are strongly preferred in manuscript submissions.

For more information, or to inquire about the appropriateness of a topic, contact Jennifer Carr at Please include “Learning Curve” in the subject line of your inquiry.

We look forward to reading your work and learning from you! 



The Learning Curve Editors

Jennifer Carr, Heather Harshman, and Courtney Lee


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Monday, July 15, 2013

MBE: Review is the Key

The most important aspect of practicing Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) questions happens after taking the practice questions not during.  Reviewing your answers after taking the practice tests is crucial to success.  No matter how many questions you can access, it is not about the quantity of questions you complete.  Instead, you should focus on quality.  By incorporating review into your MBE practice you will figure out what you know and what you don’t know in addition to diagnosing common traps. 

For the next set of practice MBEs you complete, remember to schedule enough time to review your answers.  Read through the answer choices and the answer explanations.  Whether right or wrong, determine why you selected your answer.  You need to learn how to remedy your errors and replicate your successes. 


Lisa Young

July 15, 2013 in Bar Exam Issues, Bar Exam Preparation, Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)