Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Appalachian School of Law (ASL) is looking for a full-time, tenure-earning faculty member interested in teaching in its Academic Success and Bar Preparation programs starting August 2015. ASL is committed to student achievement, and this position will be primarily responsible for developing, leading, coordinating, and implementing programs that support ASL’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 law practice.
Minimum requirements include a J.D. degree and admission to the practice of law. Ideal candidates will have experience working in a higher-education setting in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, academic counseling or similar administrative, teaching, or practice experience. The successful candidate also must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents within the diverse law school community, including students served by the Academic Success Program, faculty, and administrators.
ASL is located in the scenic-mountainous region of southwest Virginia. All aspects of ASL’s academic program—from the structured curriculum and the required summer externship to the weekly community service commitment—are designed to respond to the unique needs and opportunities of a law school in this region.
Women, people of color, and others with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send a cover letter and a resume to Priscilla Harris, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee. For email, send to firstname.lastname@example.org, including in the subject line, “ASP Position.” For mail, send to Priscilla Harris, Appalachian School of Law, 1169 Edgewater Drive, Grundy, VA 24614. We will start reviewing applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Position Title: Assistant Director, Office of Academic & Bar Success
Department, Program, Center: Law School
Requisition Number: FAC000284
College or School: School of Law
POSITION SUMMARY INFORMATION
The faculty in the Office of Academic & Bar Success work in and out of the classroom to improve the academic success of Santa Clara Law’s students from Orientation through Bar passage. Our faculty works in coordination with doctrinal and skills faculty to design, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and improve the academic skills curriculum. Our faculty members teach courses, provide direct student counseling, and coordinate student programming on a year-round basis. The Assistant Director will primarily work with first-year and continuing students on their academic success needs.
This position is a 75% full-time, eleven-month appointment. The position is a non-tenure track, one-year lecturer position with benefits, subject to renewal contingent on programmatic need.
Salary: Depending on qualifications; benefits eligible.
- J.D. degree and California Bar membership.
- Experience counseling students in a higher education setting.
- Comfort and familiarity in working with students from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to think imaginatively, critically, and collaboratively about how to improve and measure student academic development.
- Understanding of, and ability to work for, the mission and goals of Santa Clara University School of Law.
- Prior teaching or tutoring experience is desirable, particularly in a law school setting.
- Experience in program management and assessment is desirable.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- participating in the design, direction, and evaluation of the 1L Academic Success Program (ASP).
- serving as co-supervisor of ASP student fellows and coordinators.
- leading co-curricular presentations on academic success topics during Orientation and throughout the first year.
- coordinating 1L academic success counseling.
- administering the 1L supplemental practice exam series.
In addition, the Assistant Director may teach credit-bearing skills courses, support students subject the Directed Study policy (our upper-division academic support intervention), and assist with Bar preparation programming.
The Law School supports professional development through conferences and training; scholarship is welcome but not required.
Start Date: 08/01/2015
POSTING DETAIL INFORMATION
Open Date: 05/12/2015
Close Date: 05/22/2015
Additional Information: Please include in your application: 1) Cover letter, 2) CV, 3) At least two letters of reference.
Reference letters will be automatically solicited via the system upon submitting your application.
Any questions may be addressed to Devin Kinyon, Assistant Director of the Office of Academic & Bar Success, at email@example.com.
To learn more about the School of Law, please visit http://law.scu.edu/.
About Santa Clara University: Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.
Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
EEO Statement: Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at http://www.scu.edu/cs/. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando is seeking to fill the Coordinator of Bar Preparation position. The Coordinator, Bar Preparation will counsel students one-on-one to help increase the knowledge and provide further support to law students preparing for the bar exam or the MPRE exam. Assists Bar Preparations and Academic Success programs as needed.
- Provide one-on-one student counseling of students studying for the bar exam, preparing for the MPRE, during course registration period, preparing bar applications. and other student counseling as directed by the Assistant Dean or Directors.
- Provide instruction and feedback on essay writing for Academic Success and Bar Preparation; grade essays; teach 1 bar preparation course per year
- Support and assist Academic Success and Bar Preparation Department workshops, events and activities.
- Master scheduling of the Department’s overall Bar Preparation and Academic Success schedules, including workshops and other events within each area.
- JD required
- Must be member of the Florida Bar
- 1-3 years experience working in the legal profession; teaching and counseling experience a plus
- Advanced ability to analyze legal writing and provide productive feedback
- Ability to set up and manage semi-complex scheduling
- Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
- Advanced writing and one on one oral communication skills with students at varying levels of understanding of legal writing and exam taking
- Demonstrated advanced legal writing skills - Please provide writing sample
- Demonstrated high scores on all portions of the Florida Bar Exam
Salary commensurate with experience.
This position is located in Orlando, FL at 6441 East Colonial Drive.
Barry University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Mississippi College School of Law (MC Law) invites applications for the position of Director of Academic Support. This position involves supervision of the law school’s academic support program for students in all years of the law school program and supervision of the law school’s bar preparation program for third-year students. The Director will also teach first-year students in the Legal Writing Program. The Director’s contract is initially a one-year probationary contract, subject to renewal for a second probationary year. The contract may then be awarded for a five-year term. At the end of the first five-year term, the Director is eligible for a presumptively renewable five-year contract. The law school support for the Director would include grants for scholarship, teaching assistants, and conference travel. Prior experience in academic support is preferred, but not required. The law school campus is in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital and a center for law, business, and culture in the mid-South. We particularly welcome applications from residents of other regions of the country, women, and minorities. To learn more about the law school and its environment, visit our website at www.law.mc.edu or contact Professor Jim Rosenblatt, Faculty Appointments Committee, Mississippi College School of Law by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 601-925-7147. Those wishing to apply for the position should send Professor Rosenblatt an email (email@example.com) with the following attachments: a cover letter describing your interest in the position and what you would bring to the position, a Mississippi College Faculty Application, a short writing sample (3-5 pages), and resume. Transcripts are not required at this time. If one wants to be considered also for the Assistant Director of Academic Support position, indicate that in the cover letter. Priority consideration will be afforded applications received by May 14, 2015. Additional information and a job description are available on the Employment section of the Mississippi College web site at Director of Academic Support, School of Law.
Mississippi College School of Law (MC Law) invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Support. This position involves assisting the Director with the supervision of the law school’s academic support program for students in all years of the law school program and of the law school’s bar preparation program for third-year students. The Assistant Director will also teach first-year students in the Legal Writing Program. The Assistant Director’s contract is initially a one-year probationary contract, subject to renewal for a second probationary year. The contract may then be awarded for a five-year term. At the end of the first five-year term, the Assistant Director is eligible for a presumptively renewable five-year contract. The law school support for the Assistant Director would include grants for scholarship, teaching assistants, and conference travel. Prior experience in academic support is preferred, but not required. The law school campus is in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital and a center for law, business, and culture in the mid-South. We particularly welcome applications from residents of other regions of the country, women, and minorities. To learn more about the law school and its environment, visit our website at www.law.mc.edu or contact Professor Jim Rosenblatt, Faculty Appointments Committee, Mississippi College School of Law by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 601-925-7147. Those wishing to apply for the position should send Professor Rosenblatt an email (email@example.com) with the following attachments: a cover letter describing your interest in the position and what you would bring to the position, a Mississippi College Faculty Application, a short writing sample (3-5 pages), and resume. Transcripts are not required at this time. Priority consideration will be afforded applications received by May 14, 2015. Additional information and a job description are available on the Employment section of the Mississippi College web site at Assistant Director of Academic Support, School of Law.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
THE AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW IN NAPLES FLORIDA invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Advanced Critical Thinking. The person in this position will teach academic success related courses and provide intensive academic counseling to students. This position requires the ability to identify students’ academic strengths and opportunities and to devise effective instructional approaches and counseling strategies to help students optimize their academic performance. The person in this position will have exceptional teaching and counseling skills, the ability to work effectively as part of a team, sound judgment, the ability to deal with sensitive situations using discretion, and the ability to foster close relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Teach the Applied Critical Thinking and Legal Analysis class, a three-credit course designed to optimize students’ academic performance.
- Provide academic counseling to students and participate in efforts to support all students’ law school success.
- Create and deliver academic success presentations and workshops to groups of students.
- Prepare, administer, and provide in-depth feedback on practice exams and actual exams.
- Track students’ performance and maintain records and statistics concerning students’ progress.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualified applicants will possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, bar certification, relevant experience, and a strong dedication to student success. Previous experience teaching, tutoring, or providing academic counseling is a plus. Florida bar membership, practice experience, and a strong interest in the learning sciences are also helpful. Some evening and weekend work required
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of at least three professional references to HR@avemarialaw.edu.
Ave Maria School of Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, and strongly encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds willing to support the institutional mission.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH
OFFICIAL JOB TITLE:
Director of Bar Success
Academic and Student Affairs
School of Law
Director of Teaching and Learning Methods
May supervise student employees and provide functional supervision of clerical/administrative staff.
SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Director of Bar Success will work with the Director of Teaching and Learning Methods, as well as faculty and staff, including the Director of Graduate Academic Resources and Legal Writing Center, to assist students and graduates as they prepare for the bar exam, both as they progress through Law School and after they graduate. Develops, coordinates, and implements school-wide initiatives to improve bar passage, including joint workshops and courses, and meetings with students, graduates, Academic Success professionals and faculty.
EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Previous (one year or more) experience teaching.
Evening and weekend work will be required. Travel will be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Masters in Education (or related degree)
Experience teaching law students, including experience during law school
Bar support work at a Law School
Note: Other job related duties and responsibilities may be assigned and/or the job description changed periodically to reflect changing organization needs.
Note: All position descriptions need to be completed and approved before recruiting activities begin. All updated or revised administrative position descriptions must be approved by the appropriate Vice Chancellor/designee and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/designee. All new administrative position descriptions must be approved by the Vice Chancellor/designee, Associate Vice Chancellor for Affirmative Action/designee and Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/designee. If applicable, the Office of Human Resources will provide notice to and consult with the union representative. February 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Assistant Dean of Law Student Affairs
St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, seeks an Assistant Dean of Law Student Affairs. The position reports to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. The Assistant Dean of Law Student Affairs is a senior administrator of the Law School whose primary responsibilities focus on the academic, intellectual, psychological, and personal aspects of student life at the law school. This position will be responsible for managing all aspects of student life in the law school, including promoting student engagement in law school life, supervising law student activities and organizations, developing new organizations that promote service and professionalism, coordinating professional and social opportunities to engage law students in university life and to encourage law students to develop and maintain a professional manner and demeanor. The Assistant Dean must also have a commitment to leadership in a Catholic and Marianist institution, which fosters quality education in a family spirit; to pursue service, justice and peace and prepare for adaptation and change, while encouraging each person in their own way in their formation in faith.
Applications can be found at http://stmarytx.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Along with the employment application please submit (1) letter of application addressing interest in position, (2) curriculum vita, (3) official graduate transcript confirming the Juris Doctor degree, (4) three letters of reference. For further inquiries, please contact Victoria Mather, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on February 9, 2015 through March 10, 2015.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Seattle University School of Law invites applications to serve as the Director for the Academic Resource Center (ARC), ideally beginning on June 1, 2015. ARC is a nationally renowned academic support program, which is known for its commitment to providing access to the legal profession. The ARC program’s dual purpose is to support the diverse and non-traditional students admitted through SU’s Access Admission Program so they excel in law school and beyond, as well as to provide general academic support and bar preparation assistance to the entire student body. The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience in providing academic support for law students, as well as teaching excellence and administrative capability.
The director reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and supervises three staff members (ARC Associate Director, ARC Assistant Director, and Director of Bar Studies) as well as a team of law student teaching assistants. The director will oversee and evaluate the instructional and programmatic activities of the ARC to implement a comprehensive series of student academic support services that facilitate student academic success and retention, and that support law faculty teaching. The director will teach the intensive summer course for Access Admission students, as well as other academic support-related courses and study strategy workshops. The director is expected to be a supportive link between faculty, teaching assistants, and students by handling questions and helping resolve academic-related problems. The director is also expected to help create and maintain an open and welcoming environment for students and provide advice and counsel to students on issues related to their academic success. In addition, the director works collaboratively with other law school student service departments to provide comprehensive student educational services, oversees ARC Access Admission Alumni events and programs, and actively represents the ARC and School of Law with the Washington State Bar Association, local specialty associations, and national organizations.
This position may be a tenure-track/tenured, long-term contract, or an administrative staff appointment, depending on experience and expertise. Tenure-track Assistant, Associate or Full Professor appointees are responsible for teaching, maintaining an active research/scholarship agenda and providing service to the School and University. Contract Assistant, Associate or Professor of Lawyering Skills faculty are responsible for teaching, professional development and community service to the School and University.
Required: J.D. from an ABA-accredited institution and license to practice;
Preferred: An advanced degree in a field related to education.
Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The Law School’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection and concern for personal growth. Our rigorous educational program is characterized by innovation, creativity and technological sophistication, and we prepare our graduates for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law, business and public service.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 48 acres on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. More than 7,700 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools. U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” ranks Seattle University among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.
In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.
Interested applicants should submit applications online at https://jobs.seattleu.edu, and include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for at least three references. The cover letter should be addressed to Professor Catherine O’Neill, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, and should describe the applicant’s educational philosophy, commitment to diversity in the legal profession, and how the applicant believes the ARC mission of providing access and support to students from under-represented populations furthers the mission of the Seattle University School of Law. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2015. Open until filled.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Savannah Law School has an exciting and challenging opportunity for an outgoing, organized and energetic person to serve as Director of Academic Achievement. The Director of Academic Achievement will facilitate the development of programs and workshops to assist students with their transition to law school, employ academic resource tools and exercises for skills assessment, and promote successful completion of the J. D. program. Teaching assignment includes all P.A.S.S (Professional and Academic Success Seminar) classes, the Advanced Analytical Methods course, and an Advanced Bar Skills course to prepare students to sit for the bar exam. A key responsibility will be to maintain an interactive web-based informational site, including the academic TWEN site. This position also assists the Vice Dean of the Campus with modifying existing academic program offerings to make them more accessible for students.
The ideal candidate will have a J.D. from an accredited institution and at least 3 years of successful experience in law teaching with a focus on legal writing and analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with law school academic support and bar preparation experience.
SLS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, disability, color, or religious belief. Salary will be competitive based on experience. Interested candidates may submit their letter of interest, along with a current professional resume and the names of three references, to:
Savannah Law School
Attn: Rose Anne Nespica
516 Drayton Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Assistant Director for Academic Achievement
California Western School of Law
Under the general direction of the Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement, the Assistant Director of Academic Achievement provides academic support to law students, particularly those at academic risk. The Assistant Director is primarily responsible for supervising the tutoring program, presenting skills workshops, and working with first-year students who are facing academic difficulty. The Assistant Director teaches the Academic Achievement Workshop for second-year students and assists alumni who are studying for the California bar exam.
Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-accredited law school; successful passage of California Bar exam; at least one year of law teaching experience in an academic support or bar preparation program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Individual must be a self-starter, able to prioritize and complete multiple tasks of varying complexity and urgency in a timely and efficient manner. The individual must have a firm commitment to provide exemplary services in a demanding and challenging environment. The individual must demonstrate poise, tactfulness, diplomacy and professionalism when dealing with staff, faculty, students and outside constituents. Must demonstrate a passion for working with students and have a track record of developing robust relationships with students. Experience in course planning, classroom presentations, and one-on-one tutoring is a plus. Experience in learning theories and effective pedagogy, including formative and summative assessment a plus. Knowledge of California Civil Procedure a plus. Must have ability to speak effectively to groups.
Must be able to maintain confidentiality. Must understand confidentiality of student information in accordance with FERPA regulations as well as school policies, and other State and Federal laws. Must be creative and flexible in order to effectively manage student needs on an individual and group basis. Demonstrated ability and interest in working with a highly diverse student population are required.
October 24, 2014, or until filled
Ideally December 2014 to facilitate transition into the spring trimester
Send materials to:
E-mail: HR@cwsl.edu // ATTN: Rikki S. Ueda, Esq., Vice President of Human Resources
Saturday, October 4, 2014
BRIEF SUMMARY: Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Academic Support and collaborating with other faculty and staff, the Director of Bar Support assists students and graduates as they prepare for the bar exam, both as they progress through the College of Law and after they graduate. The Director develops, implements, and coordinates school-wide initiatives to improve bar passage, including credit-bearing courses and workshops, as needed.
EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Implements, evaluates, and enhances existing bar-preparation services.
• Teaches in the College of Law’s U.S. Law & Procedure class, a four-credit course designed to support students’ bar preparation. Also supervises adjunct instructors and guests involved in the course.
• Improves and expands existing programs, including: providing a clearinghouse of bar preparation information; collaborating with commercial bar preparation companies to assist students with their bar preparation efforts; working with faculty to coordinate a mentor program to provide individual mentors to graduates preparing for the bar; tracking at-risk students’ preparation for the bar exam and performance on the exam; and providing resources for repeat bar exam takers.
• Helps individual students and graduates develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for passing the bar exam.
• Creates individual student plans of study after one-on-one meetings with all 2L, 3L, and 4L students.
• Provides counseling and mentoring for students and graduates, starting in first semester 3L year.
• Provides advice on course selection for bar preparation purposes.
• Provides general assistance about bar application completion and character and fitness questions with the assistance of the Dean of Students.
• Meets regularly with students and graduates who are preparing for the bar exam, reviews sample bar exam essays, and provides analysis and feedback to help them improve their skills.
• Coordinates instruction and assessments for bar preparation course and provides feedback on student work product.
• Analyzes bar exam results (including statistical analysis) and provides regular reports concerning results.
• Provides bar-related information to faculty members regarding topics tested and recent bar exam questions in the faculty member’s area of teaching. Encourages and supports faculty development with respect to the bar exam.
• Develops web page, social media, and other communications describing bar support program and services.
• Stays abreast of bar exam developments in Florida and nationally and evaluates new developments in the delivery of bar support by law schools.
• Regularly attends and develops relationships at regional and national bar support conferences, with efforts to develop a leadership role.
• Secondarily participates in efforts to support all students’ law school success.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Job Posting - Director of Bar Preparation and Support at NCCU School of Law
North Carolina Central University School of Law is in the process of hiring a director of bar preparation and support. Information about the position is below. Please forward this e-mail to anyone who might be interested, All inquiries should be sent to Professor Kia Vernon at email@example.com.
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law seeks applications for the position of Director of Bar Preparation and Support. The successful candidate will be appointed to a 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track, renewable contract position. NCCU is a historically Black university located in Durham, North Carolina. The University offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional, professional and graduate programs. The School of Law has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report for its affordability and its clinical programs. More information about NCCU School of Law is available at http://law.nccu.edu/.
The School of Law’s mission has long been to provide an education and a voice to the underserved. As a school of opportunity, NCCU School of Law works to maximize the potential of students who often come from populations that are underrepresented in the legal field. For those reasons, we look forward to welcoming applications from those who are particularly eager to work with our diverse and unique student body.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties of the Director of Bar Preparation and Support include, but are not limited to:
- Implementing, evaluating and enhancing the School of Law’s current bar preparation program, including, but not limited to organizing the summer and winter programs, reviewing written submissions from students and offering feedback.
- Expanding existing programs by providing a clearinghouse of bar preparation materials, collaborating with commercial bar preparation companies to assist students with their bar preparation efforts, coordinating a mentor program to provide assistance to graduates preparing for the bar, tracking at-risk students’ preparation for the bar exam and providing resources for repeat bar takers.
- Researching and developing innovative programs which incorporate research and statistical information to increase bar passage rates.
- Working with individual students to develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for passing the bar exam.
- Providing individual and group feedback and strategies to enhance writing and analytical skills.
- Mentoring and counseling students and graduates from first year through post bar exam.
- Teaching sections of the School of Law’s bar preparation courses.
- Providing supplementary bar preparation workshops.
- Tracking the results of the School of Law’s bar examination applicants.
- Partnering with the School of Law’s Academic Support Unit and serving as an ex officio member of the School of Law’s Bar Enhancement and Retention Committee and the School of Law’s Academic Outcomes Committee to identify and aid students who may be at an increased risk for unsuccessful performance.
- Providing a resource and information database for faculty who seek to incorporate bar examination material into their doctrinal teachings and research.
- Collaborating with the faculty and administration at the School of Law to develop and implement new components of the bar preparation program.
- A juris doctor degree from an ABA accredited institution.
- A member in good standing with a state bar, preferably the North Carolina State Bar.
- An outstanding law school academic record.
- One year experience working with bar preparation programs that would suggest fitness to provide creative direction in a burgeoning and developing program.
- Experience in course development and delivery.
- Bar support work at a law school.
- Proven success in raising bar pass rate at a law school.
- Experience working with the North Carolina bar exam.
- Previous experience directing a bar exam program either in a law school or for a commercial provider.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- Excellent interpersonal, organization, analytical and public speaking skills.
- Ability to develop and manage higher educational programs.
- Knowledge of academic programs pertaining to law school students.
- Knowledge of and ability to perform research and statistical analysis.
- Ability to work independently and be a self-starter with demonstrated initiative.
- Able to relate to students, faculty, University personnel, and external constituents.
- Ability to follow through.
In addition to the North Carolina State Application, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, student evaluations (2 most recent years, if applicable), and three professional reference letters to Professor Kia Vernon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and continue until the position is filled. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required for final candidates. NCCU is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing career opportunities to all people, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. The North Carolina State Application can be found on the NCCU website (https://jobs.nccu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1411594165194).
Job Description: Director of Academic Excellence
West Virginia University College of law invites applications for the position of Director of the Academic Excellence Center (http://law.wvu.edu/academics/academic-excellence-center). The Academic Excellence Center seeks to enhance the academic performance of law students and to help them thrive at every stage of their law school career and beyond. The Director of the Center works closely with students and faculty to achieve this goal, supporting its mission through a variety of activities, including the Fall & Spring Study Session Programs; one-on-one student counseling; Academic Excellence Fridays (open academic skills workshops); a for-credit bar preparation course for 3Ls; an immersive summer law institute for undergraduates thinking about law school; and a variety of other activities designed to strengthen analytical and test-taking skills.
Qualified applicants should have an outstanding academic record in law school; legal practice experience; teaching experience or superb potential for teaching effectively. The applicant should also be an admitted member of the bar of any state and have a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a positive working relationship with entities outside the law school, including the State Board of Law Examiners and commercial bar preparation vendors. A degree in education or counseling and experience in working with a wide variety of students, including those with learning disabilities and mental health issues, is an advantage, but not required. In addition, a deep interest in current research about how adults learn best would be ideal.
This is a full-time, ten-month position with the opportunity to rise through the ranks of Teaching Assistant Professor, Teaching Associate Professor, and Teaching Professor. The Director of Academic Excellence will be a full-time faculty member entitled to vote and participate in faculty governance in all matters except promotion and tenure decisions regarding faculty members on the tenure track. This is an exciting time to join the WVU College of Law, which is in the final phase of an extensive renovation that will include a prominent Academic Services Center that features the Office of Academic Excellence. The College of Law recognizes that the Center is an essential resource for helping each student reach his or her maximum potential, and the work of the Academic Excellence Director is highly valued.
WVU Law is committed to building a multicultural and inclusive work force that includes diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, military service, disabilities, social background, and experience. Appointment and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. WVU Law has established a place among the nation’s leading public law schools. WVU Law was recently ranked 15th best in the country in public interest law; 16th best-value law school in preLaw Magazine; and in the top 100 (rank 83) by U.S. News and World Report. WVU Law also received the excellence in Pro Bono Award from Super Lawyer Magazine in 2012 for its outstanding clinical law program. Our core values include excellence in scholarship, teaching and service, close student/faculty interaction, diversity and inclusivity, respectful/professional behavior, community, and justice. Founded in 1878, and member of the Association of American Law schools (1914) and accredited by the American Bar Association (1924), WVU Law is the sole law school serving West Virginia, but attracts many students from other states and countries. WVU Law is located in Morgantown, a vibrant university community ranked one of the top small cities in the country. Faculty and students enjoy the convenience of a small city combined with the cultural opportunities of a metropolitan area. West Virginia’s beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities are easily accessible from Morgantown, as are the cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Please address letters to Appointments Committee Co-Chair Robert Bastress c/o Toni Sebree, West Virginia University College of Law, P.O. Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26506-6130.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Valparaiso University Law School invites applicants for the position of Academic Success Counselor.
Valparaiso University Law School is located in northwest Indiana and is part of a residential community with excellent public schools and other resources. It is approximately ten miles from Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as well as one hour from downtown Chicago.
The law school is an integral part of Valparaiso University, a Lutheran affiliated institution founded in 1859 and known for its outstanding liberal arts education and professional programs. For more information about Valparaiso University Law School, see http://www.valpo.edu/law.
Valparaiso University is looking for an Academic Success Counselor. The duties of the position include, but are not limited to, teaching academic study skills to currently enrolled Valparaiso University law students, counseling students on academic and bar exam success skills and attorney licensing requirements, and advising graduates studying for the bar examination.
- Assists in counseling and advising new students, students on academic probation, students "at risk", and any other student seeking to improve academic performance and/or other academic issues including course scheduling, social influences, etc. Assist students in developing individualized learning plans and monitor progress throughout the semester.
- Tracks the academic progress of "at-risk" and academic probation students through detailed note taking.
- Designs lesson plans and present workshops, tutorials, and programs on topics such as analytical skills, learning styles, time management skills, case briefing, note taking, outlining, exam preparation, and exam taking. Evaluate the success of these programs through student evaluations and other means.
- In conjunction with the Directors of Academic Success, directs the Dean's Fellow's program. Recruits, trains, and supervises the Dean's fellows. Evaluates the success of the program through student evaluations and other means.
- Assists students in reviewing answers to practice exams and provides advice regarding exam strategy, including bar exam essays and strategies.
- Assists the Directors in maintaining the Academic Success website.
- Assist in bar exam coaching.
- Perform all other duties assigned by the Directors of Academic Success.
Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.
Employment at Valparaiso University will require a criminal background check.
To be considered for this position you must upload:
- Cover letter
- List of 3 professional references
- Answer all the application questions
Please address cover letter to:
Deondra Devitt, Assitant Director, Human Resource Generalist, Valparaiso University, School of Law, Valparaiso, IN 46383
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, law school affiliates and guests
- Ability to use initiative and independent judgment withing established policy and procedural guidelines
- Ability to handle and keep confidential a variety of different student questions and concerns
- J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school with a strong academic record is required
- 1 to 3 years of legal experience is preferred
- At least one (1) year of academic experience in either law school teaching, counseling, or bar exam tutoring is preferred
- Must be a member of a state bar who has successfully completed a bar examination
- Strong academic and professional qualifications, as well as a demonstrated interest in teaching students with diverse backgrounds
Valparaiso, Indiana, United States
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Director of Bar Support
SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Director of Bar Success will work with the Director of Academic Success, as well as faculty and staff, including the Director of Graduate Academic Resources and Legal Writing Center, to assist students and graduates as they prepare for the bar exam, both as they progress through Law School and after they graduate. Develops, coordinates, and implements school-wide initiatives to improve bar passage, including joint workshops and courses, and meetings with students, graduates, Academic Success professionals and faculty.
EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Implements, evaluates, and enhances existing bar-preparation services.
- Improves and expands existing programs, including: providing a clearinghouse of bar preparation, collaborating with commercial bar preparation companies to assist students with their bar preparation efforts, working with ASP staff to coordinate a mentor program to provide individual mentors to graduates preparing for the bar, tracking at-risk students’ preparation for the bar exam and performance on the exam, and providing resources for repeat bar exam takers.
- Helps individual students and graduates develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for
- passing the bar exam.
- Creates individual student plans of study after one-on-one meetings with all 2L, 3L, and 4L students.
- Individual student and graduate counseling and mentoring.
- Provides advice on course selection.
- Provides general assistance about bar application completion.
- Meets regularly with students and graduates who are preparing for the bar exam and reviews sample bar exam essays. and provides analysis and feedback to help them improve their writing skills.
- Instruction in workshops and for-credit course.
- Coordinates instruction and assessments for or teaches for-credit bar preparation course and provides feedback on student work product.
- Analyzes bar exam results (including statistical analysis) and provides regular reports concerning results.
- Provides bar-related information to faculty members regarding topics tested and recent bar exam questions in the faculty member’s area of teaching and encourages and supports faculty development with respect to the bar exam.
- Develops web page and other communications describing bar support program and services.
- Stays abreast of bar exam developments in Massachusetts and nationally and of developments in the delivery of bar support by law schools.
- Regularly attends and develops relationships at regional and national bar support professionals meetings, with efforts to develop leadership role.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE:Previous (one to three years) experience teaching law students.
OTHER: Evening and weekend work will be required. Travel may be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Strong interpersonal, organization, analytical and public speaking skills.
- Ability develop and manage higher educational programs
- Knowledge of academic programs pertaining to law school students.
- Knowledge of educational theories and learning styles/disabilities.
- Knowledge of and ability to perform research and statistical analysis.
- Ability to work independently and be a self-starter, demonstrated initiative.
- Able to relate to students, faculty, University personnel, and external constituents.
- Demonstrated creativity.
- Ability to follow-through.
Masters in Education (or related degree)
Bar support work at a Law School
Proven success in raising bar pass rate at a law school
Experience working with the Massachusetts bar exam
Previous experience directing a bar exam program either in a law school or for a commercial provider
About University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional and global economic, social, and cultural development.
The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.
UMass Dartmouth is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Employer.
Friday, July 18, 2014
St. John’s University School of Law
Director, Academic Support
Tracking Code 217794-951
Title: Director, Academic Support
Department: School of Law
Campus: Queens, New York
St. John’s Law School invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean or Director of Academic Support. St. John’s is committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse student body; we admit students who have the potential to succeed in law school and in the legal profession. We are therefore committed to providing support to any of our students who struggle academically.
The Law School already has a robust bar passage program for students at risk of failing the bar. The new Assistant Dean/Director will focus, instead, on academic support in the first, second and (for our evening students) third years of law school. He or she will help students transition into law school and complete the J.D. degree. The Director will work with Professors (especially first-year Professors), Teaching Assistants, and Writing Consultants from the Law School Writing Center to devise and provide individualized help for students at risk as well as broader programs and initiatives that provide academic support to students. We anticipate that the program will evolve, depending on the Director’s vision and skills.
We are looking for an experienced, innovative, self-starter with a strong understanding of the skills students need to succeed in law school. A J.D. is required for this position. A Master’s Degree in Education (or a similar field) and experience working with adult learners are both preferred, but not required.
The position does not carry a faculty rank. It will be filled in an administrative title (e.g., Director, Assistant Dean, etc.), which will depend on credentials and experience.
When applying, please include a list of five references, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what your vision would be for developing a robust and innovative academic support program at St. John’s.
This position is subject to a comprehensive background screen, with employment contingent upon satisfactory results. If access to a University vehicle is required for the position, a DMV check for driving record and valid driver’s license is also required.
St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
Applications are accepted online via this link.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Beginning on July 1st, Kandace Kukas will be the Assistant Dean of Bar Admissions Programs at Western New England University School of Law. Kandace Kukas comes to Western New England University School of Law with a wealth of experience in bar preparation. Beginning on August 1st, I will take on the role of Director of Academic Success Programs -- in addition to that of Associate Professor of legal Research and Writing.
(Myra G. Orlen)
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Director of Academic Success position at the University of Louisville School of Law. You can find the posting on http://louisville.edu/jobs under “Staff Positions”. The job ID # is UL172 and will remain open until June 15. The online application is available at: https://highereddecisions.com/uofl/current_vacancies.asp. I think there are a lot of talented folks in ASP positions that would be a great fit for this. Please share with anyone you think might be interested.
Please note: this is the 80% FTE position with the salary of $40,000.00 annually.
The successful candidate will work with students in their transition to law school, will promote students' successful completion of the J.D. program, and will work with administration and faculty to provide students with a skill-set that will prepare them for the bar exam. The School of Law seeks to serve and retain a highly qualified and diverse student body, and the Director should have experience and training that will support working with a diverse student population. Ideally, the successful candidate will begin on June 30, 2014.
Some specific responsibilities of the Director of Academic Success include being responsible for the 1L Structured Study Group program, which includes providing curriculum, training, and supervision to Student Academic Fellows; working with students, individually and in small groups, on legal writing, time management, and test-taking skills; developing and conducting academic support workshops on class preparation, study habits, case briefing, outlining, and exam-taking; and assessing the academic success program, including the law school's bar passage, along with making periodic reports to the faculty on program outcomes. The Director should be prepared to develop and teach a one-hour Legal Methods Study Group in the Spring semester.
Finally, the Director is responsible for working more generally with the Assistant Dean of Student Life and others, to help acculturate students to the rigors of law school and to provide support and referrals to students in need.
The Brandeis School of Law is part of a dynamic metropolitan research university and has a student body of approximately 400 students. It is committed to maintaining a diverse student body and providing an educational experience focused on public service, interdisciplinary study, and public policy development.