Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Director of Academic Success & Bar Preparation
The LSU Law Center is a top 100 ranked law school located on the main campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school draws its students from Louisiana and throughout the United States and has a strong tradition of academic excellence dating from its founding more than a century ago. LSU Law is the only law school in the United States at which all graduates receive a dual degree that reflects the mixed civil and common law tradition of Louisiana and the preparation of LSU Law students for practice or service in the global, national, and state arenas.
The Director will support the mission and vision of the law school by monitoring student learning outcomes, academic performance, and academic success activities; working with students individually and in group settings to teach and enhance the analytical, writing, and other academic and related skills necessary for law-school and professional success; managing all bar preparation and evaluation activities; and participating in other activities related to student success and retention. The Director will have the opportunity to play a major role in designing, developing, implementing, and managing an academic success and bar preparation program reflecting the best practices in the field. In so doing, he or she will be expected to rely on both innovative and established practices in academic success. The Director will be expected to both work collaboratively with the faculty and administration of the Law Center and exercise initiative and judgment in the creation of new programming, drawing on both past experience and careful analysis of the Law School’s particular needs. Specifically, the Director will be charged with:
- Designing, developing, implementing, and conducting 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;
- Identifying students for possible inclusion in the Law Center’s academic success programs and communicating with students who could benefit from academic success services; tracking and evaluating the academic progress of those students being served; and evaluating and prioritizing student requests and referrals for tutoring;
- Providing individual and small-group educational counseling and tutoring to students in need of academic support, including assisting students with basic writing and analytical skills through regular written diagnostic and corrective feedback;
- Working in coordination with the faculty and administration to design, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and improve the academic success program;
- Coordinating and supervising an effective, high-quality peer tutoring or student teaching fellow program, including designing appropriate student-led sessions and recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating the participating upper class students;
- Designing and coordinating a program of academic advising for all students, including counseling on academic policies, upper class course selection, the intersection of academic and career planning, and related personal and academic development issues;
- Assisting in the collection and evaluation of data to help assess the effectiveness of the academic success program; reporting on all programs and services; and critically evaluating all available programs and initiatives to assist in determining which should be continued or expanded and which should be discontinued or modified;
- Assisting in developing and overseeing a budget for academic success and success programs;
- Participating in the greater academic success professional community in order to stay apprised of best practices through regular attendance at conferences, participation in relevant listservs and blogs, and study of relevant books and other resources;
- Assisting in implementing and teaching programs of academic success related to bar-exam preparation;
- Analyzing bar exam results and providing regular reports concerning results;
- Providing bar-related information to faculty members regarding topics tested and recent bar exam questions in the faculty member’s area of teaching; and
- Other duties related to academic support, success, retention and bar preparation as assigned by the Chancellor.
The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of academic success in legal education and have the requisite knowledge to design and implement legal academic success and bar preparation programs. The successful candidate will –
- Be able to work with multiple, diverse constituencies, including students, faculty and administration;
- Have superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as either demonstrated or potential teaching skills;
- Have the ability to encourage self-improvement by students from diverse backgrounds by counseling and critiquing in a professional, rigorous, respectful, and supportive environment;
- Think imaginatively, critically, and collaboratively about how to improve and measure law student academic development;
- Have an understanding of and strong interest in developments in legal pedagogy in order to assist in designing, implementing, and managing programs that will promote law student academic development;
- Have a strong commitment to student confidentiality and privacy;
- Possess excellent organizational skills and a strong attention to detail;
- Effectively manage multiple priorities and related deadlines; and
- Have a commitment to maintaining and enhancing the academic strength and cultural diversity of the Law Center community
- A strong academic record that demonstrates potential for leading a successful law school academic support and success program;
- A J.D. or equivalent degree from an ABA-approved law school, with admission to a state bar in the United States;
- Four years of relevant experience, with a focus on legal analysis and writing (including a combination of public or private law practice, judicial clerkship, teaching or academic success delivery experience in an ABA-approved law school, or providing writing instruction in a law firm or an ABA-approved law school); and
- Demonstrated understanding of legal education (which may include experience in teaching legal writing and analysis, academic success, other law school teaching or law school administration).
- Experience in an ABA-approved law school’s academic success program; and
- Additional experience or an advanced degree in psychology, counseling or secondary or post-secondary education.
Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and three references to www.lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu . The Law Center will begin reviewing applications on March 21, 2012 and the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries may be directed to Vice Chancellor Christopher Pietruszkiewicz at 225-578-8491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Charlotte School of Law is still looking for a Director of the CharlotteLaw Program for Academic Success. The institution benefits from a dedicated, collegial and supportive faculty as well as academic success counselors who are devoted both to helping students and to continually developing their expertise in teaching and learning. The institution also values innovation and is interested in finding someone with experience developing programming for advanced students.
Please feel free to forward this announcement to your friends and colleagues in the field who may be interested. Applications may be submitted online at the school’s job announcement website at:
Friday, February 17, 2012
The University of Florida Levin College of Law is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Dean for Academic Support & Professionalism. The Assistant Dean for Academic Support & Professionalism is primarily responsible for developing, leading, coordinating, and implementing programs that support the College of Law’s goals of assisting law students as they develop and improve legal study and test-taking skills, adjust to the challenges of law school, pass the bar exam, and prepare to enter the legal profession. The duties include administration of various components of the academic and bar support programs which include, but are not limited to, designing academic support for students, assisting students with basic writing and analytical skills, conducting various academic success and bar preparation workshops, and collecting and evaluating data to help assess the effectiveness of the academic and bar support programs. Academic Advisement duties include working with faculty and relevant faculty committees to develop career-focused academic advisement materials and ensuring appropriate periodic review of the materials and programs. The Professionalism duties include assisting the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in designing and developing programs and resources for students to promote a culture of professionalism at the law school in coordination with the Center for Career Development, as well as, coordinating with faculty on programs related to professionalism. The position is a full-time, non tenure-track academic staff position. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
The Assistant Dean for Academic Support & Professionalism must relate well to students and have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate professionally through both verbal and written means. The Assistant Dean must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents within the diverse law school community, including students, faculty members and the law school administration. The Assistant Dean must protect the confidentiality of information by preventing the unauthorized release of confidential information, both verbally and/or in writing as well as demonstrate a capacity to work with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
To apply, please go to: https://jobs.ufl.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp; Refer to requisition 0810562
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Law School seeks applicants with a demonstrated commitment to our social justice mission for a
full-time teaching position. The Law School Instructor hired in this cycle will primarily teach First-Year
Lawyering Seminar, the foundational course in CUNY School of Law's nationally recognized lawyering
curriculum, with particular focus on the training development of public interest/public service lawyers.
Spanning all three years of law school, the Law School's lawyering curriculum was hailed by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in its 2007 Report, Educating Lawyers:
Preparation for the Profession of Law. CUNY Law innovatively and successfully integrates students
learning of practical skills and the ethical demands of professional identity with their learning of legal
theory and doctrine. The Law School's First-Year Lawyering Seminar teaches legal analysis, legal
writing, professional responsibility, and other lawyering skills by integrating clinical methodology with
substantive, theoretical, and doctrinal material. Using simulation exercises and hypothetical cases,
students role-play lawyers, clients, judges, and/or legislators confronted by legal issues arising from
material in their other first-year courses. The Lawyering Seminar focuses on the ways in which lawyers
work and think in various areas of practice, with a focus on public interest law. Students develop their
analytic skills by writing and revising legal documents on which they receive feedback and critiques.
They also acquire new qualitative skills, such as active listening, collaborative problem solving and
decision-making, self-evaluation, and ethical reasoning. Students are encouraged to develop critical
awareness of the social, legal, philosophical, political, and psychological content of their work. The Law
School views these perspectives as central to a future lawyer's understanding of his/her status and role,
including the mandates and aspirations of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. Second-Year
Lawyering Seminar and required clinical courses in the third-year build on the skills learned in the first
year. The Instructor may, in accordance with the law school's needs, teach additional lawyering
seminars, a doctrinal course, and/or provide academic skill instruction or other program support. This
position is full-time and the instructor will be expected to teach and/or assist with the design and
development of curriculum materials during the summer. The Law School Instructor will be responsible
for committee work and such administrative, supervisory, and other functions as assigned. In their first
two years of service, Law School Instructors may opt into participating in faculty meetings, pursuant to
the CUNY School of Law Governance Plan. Instructors may assume other faculty governance
responsibilities and serve on committees as appointed by the Dean or Committee on Committees. Upon
reappointment for three or more years of continuous service, Law School Instructors may participate in
governance activities without an annual opt-in process. Law School Instructors will perform other related
duties as necessary or as directed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
This position may include weekend and evening hours
A J.D., L.L.B., or Ph.D. in a law-related discipline. Also required are demonstrated legal ability, the ability
to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship, legal work, or law-related work, and ability to
cooperate with others for the good of the institution.
Demonstrated outstanding qualities of personality, character, legal ability and commitment to public
service or public interest law. Minimum of five years experience, excellent writing skill, and substantial
experience teaching in the areas of legal writing, lawyering, and legal analysis/legal methods. Additional
doctrinal teaching experience, particularly in the area of commercial law.
$39,832 - $86,595; commensurate with experience.
CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title
and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time
employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health
benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.
HOW TO APPLY
Job Opening https://hrsa.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psc/cnyhcprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRP...
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To apply, go to www.cuny.edu, select "Employment", and "Search Job Listing". You will be prompted to
create an account. Return to this job listing using the "Job Search" page and select "Apply Now".
For position inquiries contact:
Coordinator of Faculty Recruitment
Open until filled, with review of resumes to begin February 15, 2012.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Job Announcement: Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF PRE-LAW ADVISING
City College of New York
Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies
DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF PRE-LAW ADVISING
Launched at the City College of New York (CCNY) in 2009, the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at City College is designed to increase the diversity of the legal profession by preparing talented students from underrepresented and low-income groups for law school and careers in law. The Program is a unique partnership between CCNY and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Combining academic studies with internships, LSAT instruction, career awareness events and mentoring by leading legal professionals, the Program prepares students to be successful law school applicants. Students are selected in the second semester of their sophomore year through a competitive review process that includes an application and an interview. They begin with the Program during the summer before their junior year; each cohort of Skadden Scholars includes between 25 and 40 students.
The Deputy Director and Pre-Law Advisor will lead efforts to provide Skadden Scholars with intensive academic and pre-professional advising. The Deputy Director is also responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at the City College of New York and may have opportunities to teach a course in the program. The Deputy Director designs and implements student and professional services and also oversees the logistics of the recruitment, selection, evaluation, and placement of Skadden Scholars. The Deputy Director reports to the Skadden Program’s Executive Director and will work closely with him on all aspects of the position’s responsibilities. The Deputy Director will also work closely on many of the position’s responsibilities with the Flom Professor of Legal Studies.
Student Recruitment and Selection
- Plan and manage new student recruitment efforts for the Skadden Program – on CCNY’s campus, from other CUNY campuses, and nationally.
- Supervise the production of marketing materials and program publications to attract a large pool of eligible undergraduate applicants.
- Oversee the selection process for incoming Skadden Scholars; develop rigorous selection criteria and sit on the selection committee.
Student Advisement and Professional Development
- Supervise the design and execution of the Program’s Summer Institute, a four-week LSAT instruction program with field trips to courts and law firms as well as a series of nine lectures on the legal process.
- Serve as a principal advisor for Skadden Scholars throughout their time in the program and until they apply to law school.
- Monitor student progress in meeting program obligations, including in their coursework, with the LSAT, and in their applications to law school.
- Design, organize, and facilitate regular workshops with Skadden Scholars covering topics such as workplace communication, applying to law schools, preparing for internships, and navigating the LSAC Website.
- Plan and facilitate professional development opportunities, including events that bring guest speakers to campus from among practicing attorneys, legal advocates, law school staff and faculty, and legal scholars.
- Identify internship opportunities for students, communicate with internship providers, and oversee the internship evaluation process.
Management and Oversight
- Assess instructional needs; determine additional course offerings; supervise part-time staff and adjunct instructors in the Skadden Program.
- Supervise the Program’s writing program, including its writing tutors.
- Draft regular progress reports on program activities and student progress.
- Manage the Skadden Program’s website and presence in social media.
- Authorize program expenditures, create and gain approval for the annual budget; monitor quarterly and annual expense reports.
- Advanced degree, ideally a JD or PhD in political science, legal studies or a closely related field.
- Demonstrated experience and success advising undergraduates from underserved and low-income communities.
- Knowledge of pre-law advising best practices as outlined by the Law School Admissions Council and the Pre-law Advisors' National Council
Applicants should send cover letter and resume to CCNYSkaddenJob@gmail.com. We hope to move quickly with the search and encourage people interested in the position to apply by February 17, 2012. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. This is a full-time position. The City College of New York/CUNY has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals. Reasonable accommodations provided for individuals with disabilities upon request. An AA/EEO/IRCA/ADA employer.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The School of Law seeks two full-time Academic Success Counselors to conduct one-on-one student counseling and tutoring, give presentations and/or workshops to groups of students, prepare and administer practice exams, maintain student records, participate in research and new initiatives, assist in the teaching and administration of Applied Critical Thinking and Legal Analysis and bar preparation courses, and perform other academic success duties as required. Position is located at the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida starting August, 2010. Starting salary is 45k annually.
Juris Doctor degree; member of any state bar; excellent law school academic performance; strong interpersonal skills; effective public speaking skills; professional interest in academic success theory and practice; experience counseling, teaching, and/or mentoring students in higher education; ability to work some evenings and weekends. Recent law school graduates with exceptional academic records and demonstrated interest in academic success will be considered.
Please submit resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and list of three references to Brett Brosseit, Director of Academic Success, email@example.com
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Below are two job listings related to ASP, but not in ASP. Disability services are often a part of an ASPer's duties, and these jobs require a working knowledge of the ADA and FERPA.
Assistant Director of Disability Services, Suffolk University
Suffolk University is seeking an Assistant Director of Disability Services. Our office works with approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate students. The position is available immediately. For more information please follow this link. http://hire.jobvite.com/CompanyJobs/Careers.aspx?c=qg19Vfw5&page=Job%20Description&j=od1FVfwy.
Coordinator, Student Life/Disability Services for Students, University of Rhode Island
This is a fulltime, permanent position. Visit our website at https://jobs.uri.edu to apply and to view complete details for job posting (#6000422). Applications for electronic submission will end on April 7, 2011, and will require two attachments in PDF format: 1) a cover letter, and 2) CV which includes the names and contact information for three references, one of which should be a previous supervisor. The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Director of Academic Services
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
Whittier Law School seeks a full-time Director of Academic Services for the 2011-2012 academic year. This is a twelve-month non-tenure track position with eligibility for long-term contracts. The Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services will provide supervision for the Director.
Qualifications: A Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school or an advanced degree in educational psychology or theory; at least three years experience in a law school academic support program, in student counseling, or in teaching; knowledge of current developments in the field; excellent written and oral communication skills; and strong administrative and supervisory skills.
Duties and Responsibilities: Along with the Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services, the Director of Academic Services will develop, implement, and manage the law school's academic services program. The program includes academic skills workshops or courses for first year and upper division students, as well as one-on-one work with students to design individualized programs for academic success. The Director also will work with at-risk students who need academic support, including students in jeopardy of disqualification and those on academic probation.
To apply: Please submit an electronic application that contains a cover letter, a resume and contact information for three references, to:
Jon Baumunk, Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services
Whittier Law School
3333 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
All inquiries will be kept confidential. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Application deadline: April 1, 2011, or until position is filled.
Whittier Law School is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Director of Academic Success Program
The Valparaiso University School of Law invites applicants for the position of Director of Academic Success Program. This is a non‐faculty full‐time administrative position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2011 and a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Director will design, implement, and oversee all aspects of the Law School’s academic success programs, including efforts before matriculation and after graduation, and will work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to provide academic support to law students. The Director will have primary responsibility for working with law students to help them adjust to the academic demands of law school and to develop skills to reach their full academic potential for performance in law school, on the bar exam, and after graduation. Responsibilities include:
• Design and implement innovative and effective academic support programs
• Coordinate the summer ASP program for new students
• Teach workshops and/or classes for students who need academic support
• Work with students in individual and small group sessions
• Track the academic progress of at‐risk students and students in academic difficulty
• Teach Legal Methods, a required course for first‐year students on academic probation, and Advanced
Legal Studies for third‐year students, a for‐credit bar prep course
• Work with students and graduates planning to take a bar exam to help them design a study and preparation process that will better enable them to be successful on the bar exam
Qualifications for this position:
• J.D. degree from an A.B.A. approved law school; strong law school credentials
• Admitted to a state bar
• One to three years teaching experience (Law experience without teaching experience will generally not be sufficient)
• Ability to work with at‐risk students
• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
• It is expected that the successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds
The priority deadline for receipt of applications is April 8, 2011. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
Please submit an electronic letter of interest and resume to:
• Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
California Western School of Law seeks applicants for the Director of Bar Programs.
The Director of Bar Programs is responsible for staffing and teaching bar preparation programs for second and third year law students, as well as assisting students studying for the California bar examination. To be effective, the Director must stay abreast of developments in the California bar exam; develop and maintain a high level of knowledge about academic support and bar preparation programs; and supervise small group instructors. The Director also advises the faculty and administration as to all bar preparation matters and makes periodic reports about bar passage.
Requirements: (1) a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school with a record of academic success; (2) at least two years of law teaching experience, preferably in a bar preparation program; (3) strong skills in course planning, classroom presentation, formative and summative assessment, as well as the ability to counsel and tutor individual students; (4) superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; (5) the ability to think imaginatively and critically about how to measurably improve law student bar performance and to design, implement, and manage programs to promote that development; (6) the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff; and (7) good organization, judgment, and flexibility.
A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications is available. California Western is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.
The Search Committee is currently accepting applications and will do so until April 15, 2011 the position is filled. The preferred start date is July 1, 2011. Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter describing their qualifications and salary requirements; and (2) a curriculum vitae to Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement Marilyn Scheininger at email@example.com.
Founded in 1924, California Western is a private, independent law school located in downtown San Diego, California. Please visit our website at www.cwsl.edu.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This is a short post for those of you who are looking for positions in ASP, or who are looking to make a switch to another school. If you made it here, this is a great start for your job search. However, there are other helpful places for you to look:
The ASP listserv
Consortium of Higher Education (by region)
Additionally, if you are geographically limited or want to work at a particular school, search the school's internal job site and if they have a job listserv, sign up. Personally, I found my position at the University of Connecticut on their internal job site (with help from word-of-mouth); it did not show up on mass listservs.
Go to conferences; you never know who you will meet and who knows of a job that will be opening up soon. I got every academic support position I ever held through word-of-mouth; someone met me or knew me and gave me a call or a link about a position. The ASP community is enormously friendly, and most everyone will be very happy to help with a job search.
For those of you out there looking for a new position, good luck! (RCF)
Monday, August 17, 2009
I wanted to follow up on Rebecca's excellent posting this summer about job hunting in ASP. A number of positions have been posted over the summer. Some of those positions may still be "in the works." There may be a domino effect during the next few weeks as people are selected for those positions and give notice at their current law schools. The domino effect may also bring about postings for positions to start in January.
Rebecca talked about the reality that many schools do not have a great deal of latitude when it comes to salary. I have certainly found that statement to be true. A few thousand dollars may be the maximum room for negotiation. Some schools with budgetary constraints may have zero room to negotiate on salary.
However, you want to consider other items that are not salary exactly but can add up to additional money or other pluses. Each law school differs as to flexibility depending on its status or procedures (public or private, geographic location, size of law school, budget system, and other traits). Even if some of these ideas are not relevant to your negotiations, there may be other creative approaches that would be.
Obviously, you will have the most opportunity to garner additional funding, time,or title resources if you have a strong resume and some experience in ASP. However, if a law school really wants you to become their ASP professional, it will give you more bargaining power in all circumstances. A mentor told me years ago that negotiating power is greatest when you have not yet accepted the postion; after that, you lose a great deal of your clout.
- Explore whether there are additional ways that you can be paid for duties that are related but not currently in the salary:
- Inclusion as a paid faculty member or administrator for a summer program for 1L students who are enrolled in a conditional/unconditional summer law school course required for their admission.
- Bar preparation workshops if none exist at your school.
- Ability to teach a section of a 1L or elective course in your field of expertise as an instructor or adjunct professor in future semesters/summers.
- This request is especially effective if they want you there quickly for the start of a semester or before too many weeks go by in the semester.
- Ask for a larger dollar allowance if a set amount is given and explain why the allowance is inadequate (distance of move, turn around allowing less selection of movers, or other matters).
- Ask for the law school to pay to have your belongings packed by the movers as well as moved so that you can arrive more quickly and begin work sooner.
- Ask the law school to pick up the storage tab in your new city if you will not have time to buy/rent a house and will be in temporary quarters for several months.
- Ask the law school to pick up additional costs that may result from your having to break a lease without sufficient notice.
- Moving expense allowances are sometimes calculated for the young professional without family responsibilities or many belongings. If you own a house full of furniture and/or have family to move, ask for your differing circumstances to be recognized.
You will need to decide which of these negotiation strategies will work in your favor in your particular circumstances. One or two additional items can help financially or improve your workload within the law school or status for future job hunts. (Amy Jarmon)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I want to take this time during the summer when I have relatively few ASP student-related updates to tackle another subject: getting a job in academic support/success. I have received a number of emails over the last 2 years asking for advice and support looking for ASP jobs. Here is some general advice:
1) Every job and every school is different. the title Director of Academic Support/Success is very broad, and each school has their own idea about what they want when they post an Academic Success/Support position.
2) Make sure you tailor your job search to the skills you bring to the table. Not all ASP jobs require the same skills or experience. If you have experience working with clients in a one-on-one setting, you are a better fit with an ASP position that requires one-on-one tutorials with students than a job that requires extensive classroom teaching. If you have experience teaching classes, don't assume you are going to be a fit with an ASP position that focuses solely on one-on-one counseling.
3) The salary is...variable. In my limited experience and knowledge, the starting salary for a non-tenure track, administrative appointment with either limited or no ASP experience ranges from 40-80k (I am including assistant directors, who start at a lower range, along with directors, who start at a higher point. I am not including people with "dean" in their title, or those who get faculty status). Locale makes a huge difference in salary. The type of experience (undergraduate teaching? paralegal/community college teaching? private practice?) makes a difference in salary. The expectations for the position make a difference in the salary (year-round? 9-month appt? teaching responsibilities? first-year, first-year and bar prep, or just bar prep? outcome measures?). An experienced ASP Director can command a much higher salary, but you need 5-10 years experience in ASP to be over six figures (exceptions are in very large, very expensive urban locations where the cost of living is several times higher than the average). Don't assume schools have a lot of room to negotiate salary; one problem I have come across in both hiring an assistant director and negotiating my own salary is the lack of wiggle room in law school budgets. If you are coming from private practice, don't assume that a law school operates like a private business; they can't just find the money even if they think you are ideal for the job. If they tell you they want to start you at 45k, don't assume they can move to 60k--most of the time, they just can't.
4) Moving from practice to academia is hard. Moving from practice to ASP is even harder without a background in education or counseling. If you want to be in academia, do not assume that ASP will be the way to get your foot in the door. Academic Support requires its own skill set that differs from the skill set necessary to succeed in the traditional legal academy position. Most ASP jobs are not about producing voluminous numbers of journal articles, but you are spending long hours with emotional distraught students, students in crisis, and students suffering from a range of physical and mental ailments.
5) Your grades in law school are unlikely to help you land a job, and high grades may make it difficult to understand your students. There are many brilliant, exceptionally talented and successful ASP professionals who did outstanding in law school, graduated with honors and earned Order of the Coif. However, if law school came easy to you, you need to ask yourself how you are going to relate to students who find law school academics impenetrable. You need to be able to break down law school skills into elemental components; if legal reasoning "just makes sense" to you, you may struggle breaking down "how you get there" to students. Law school grades are not irrelevant, but unlike other jobs in the legal academy, they are not a major factor in hiring. I have found this to be true even when position postings state that grades are important.
6) If you found your way here, you know this is where to look for jobs. ASP jobs are plentiful for those with experience, and very hard to come by if you are new to the field. It is worthwhile to check out The Chronicle of Higher Education and the AALS job bank. Check the Legal Writing Blog. I know of people who had to look for more than 4 years to get a position in ASP. Geographic flexibility is critically important; you should expect to find it very difficult to find a position if you have a narrow geographic range.
7) The burn-out rate in ASP is high, so there does tend to be a significant degree of turnover in the field. If you are coming from private practice, it would be dangerous to assume ASP is a job on Easy Street. Many find the demands of the job overwhelming and emotionally draining. It is not unusual for people who came to ASP from private practice to leave within 5 years. In an interview, ask about the turnover rate in for the position, and be careful if the only person/people to stay in the job for more than a couple of years is an alum. Some schools expect their ASP department to perform miracles, to be remedial tutors to students who can't handle the law school curriculum, change the mind of students who don't want to be in law school, fix inadequate doctrinal teaching to raise their bar pass rate, bring angry faculty members on board to your program, and help change the teaching methods of professors who are not beloved by students. Administrators have been known to toss responsibilities onto the ASP department, while giving the director little or no support. In sum, don't assume it will be easy, and make sure you are asking questions.
I love academic support. But I love it because I came into the field with my eyes open. I have been blessed by working at some amazing schools where I was treated exceptionally well by the people I have worked with. I know some schools do not treat everyone as well, and there are horror stories.
Once you find an ASP job, go to the conferences, befriend those who are new as well, and find mentors!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Michigan State University College of Law is looking for an Academic Success
Professional interested in a temporary appointment for the 2009-2010 academic
year while the Law College searches for an ASP Director. Depending on candidate
qualifications, this temporary position could be a Visiting Professorship or
Teaching Fellowship. Please contact Senior Associate Dean Kathy Payne at 517-
432-6926 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Academic Success Professional – One Year Appointment
Michigan State University College of Law invites applications for a one-year
appointment as an Academic Success Professional. Depending on candidate
qualifications, this position could be a Visiting Professorship or a Teaching
Fellowship. Qualifications include a strong law school record and experience
suggesting an ability to help students succeed in law school and the profession.
Prior successful teaching experience is desirable.
The Academic Success Professional will work with students to help build strong
analytical skills and to enhance performance in law school, on the Bar Exam, and
in practice. S/he will also be a resource for faculty seeking to enhance their
This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, non-renewable position. During the
2009-2010 academic year, the Law College will conduct a nation-wide search for
an Academic Success Program Director.
Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal
education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. MSU Law
professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars. Law College curriculum
is rigorous and challenging and the facility is equipped with the latest resources-all
affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st century lawyers.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Here's a great opportunity for someone who would like to take a program from inception to implementation: the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is looking for an Assistant Dean for Academic Support to create an ASP Program. The position is described below. (dbw)
The UALR Bowen School of Law is seeking an Assistant Dean for Academic
Support to plan and implement an academic counseling program to facilitate
academic success including individual academic advising for law students,
group and individual academic support programs, and bar passage programs for
law students. The ideal candidate will be an energetic and knowledgeable
professional exhibiting a high degree of organizational skills, sensitivity
Qualifications include a Bachelors degree with appropriate major and J.D.
At least two years of professional experience, preferably in higher
education academic counseling and academic program development with a
comparable, demonstrative, successful track record are preferred.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to academic
counseling of students as needed, monitoring student progress, administering
and strengthening existing orientation and academic success programs, and
developing and implementing a bar passage rate improvement project for the
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and references to: Charles W. Goldner,
Jr., Dean, Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas
72202. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity,
affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities,
women and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications
are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority
to work in the United States.
Monday, May 1, 2006
How does Boston sound? If you are looking for a tenure-track position as a director of academic support in one of the country's best cities, New England School of Law may be looking for you. Below is the position posting, along with contact information.
DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF LAW, in Boston, is looking to hire a director of academic support to develop, teach, and evaluate academic support programs. We want someone who is dedicated to providing academic support; experience in the field would be an advantage. The director of Academic Support will work closely with the coordinator of our Charles Hamilton Houston Committee and with the rest of the faculty. This is a faculty position, with a salary commensurate with qualifications. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Professor Judith Greenberg, email@example.com.
New England School of Law is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from all interested persons. (dbw)
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Do students sometimes show up in your office with tales of woe that almost (or do) bring tears to your eyes? Dollars to donuts you haven't heard a story quite like this one . . .
"Reclaiming a Dream" is the name of the article on the last page of the March 2006 issue of California Lawyer. I guess I read it because of the author's unlikely first name.
This Cupcake is rather special, I discovered. Who is she? Well, during much of her life, these appellations were appropriate: "Dope fiend, gangsta, prostitute, crook, high schoold dropout, drunk."
You've heard the expression, "She had it all." Cupcake Brown had none of it.
What a life. According to a New York Times review of her recent book, "Ms. Brown describes discovering her mother's dead body as an 8-year-old. She traces every terrible thing that later happened back to this catastrophic loss. The man she called Daddy turned out not to be her biological father, and so he lost custody of Cupcake. The man she called Sperm Donor handed her over to foster care in California. Bounced from place to place, she was abused not only by Cinderella's wicked stepmother but by yet another father figure, a man who took her to the parking lot of a Kmart for sexual assignations at 12. She never made it to cheerleading practice."
After 14 years of working the streets, "You could see the imprint of my ribs — I was a size 1. I had no shoes. My hair was sticking up like Buckwheat. My lips were cracked and burnt from the crack pipe," Ms.Brown, 40, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It was then that I realized that I was dying, and I didn't want to die like that."
Now, Cupcake Brown is referred to by her clients and judges before whom she appears as "counsel." As an antitrust litigator with one of the largest law firms in the country, Ms. Brown, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, is not only a busy lawyer, but also a busy speaker.
Her memoir, A Piece of Cake, was published last month.
Cupcake? According to Oprah Winfrey's web site Ms. Brown's unlikely first name is the result of a nurse's misunderstanding of her mother's post-delivery request for a snack.
In the California Lawyer article, Ms. Brown writes, "The journey was well worth it. I tell my story openly on the chance that others will find hope and inspiration in it." Maybe some of your students will. (djt)
Friday, March 11, 2005
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Some of us are professors who have been assigned Academic Support tasks instead of a traditional doctrinal class assignment. Some of us are part-time. Others are directors, co-directors, associate directors, or assistant directors of Academic Support Programs. Most of us are/were lawyers, but others have been educated in different areas: psychology and education for example (oh, aren't there times in every week when we all envy them?).
When we get together at regional or national conferences, most of us are surprised at how wide-ranging the Academic Support world is. Spend a few minutes to describe what you do for a living, so the rest of us (especially those new to the profession) can develop a better picture of the career path we are on.