Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, July 13, 2018

Director Position at University of South Dakota available for January 2019 or later start date

Director of Academic and Bar Support
University of South Dakota School of Law
Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota School of Law seeks a Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation. The position is relatively new and the Director will have an opportunity to shape the program. This is a twelve-month/annual appointment, and the Director will hold the faculty title of Instructor, Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer, dependent on qualifications.

The duties of the Director will include: (1) developing and implementing academic support programming for 1Ls and 2Ls, particularly at-risk students; (2) developing and implementing bar exam preparation programming for 3Ls; (3) collaboration with faculty and staff; (4) collecting data regarding academic success and bar passage rates; (5) drafting reports, as necessary, regarding student performance; (6) counseling related to academic performance; (7) advising and assisting students in the bar application process; (8) assisting repeat bar examinees; and (9) performing other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a JD and be admitted to a bar in a US jurisdiction. He or she must also have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications: (1) At least one year of teaching experience acquired in an academic support program at an ABA-accredited school. (2) Prior experience in educational analytics or a BS or MS in education is valuable. (3) One year of experience in the practice of law.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to: Tiffany C. Graham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of South Dakota School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069; email Tiffany.Graham@usd.edu; or telephone 605-677-5393.

Applicants must apply online at http://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/12010. For application assistance or accommodation, call 605-677-5671. Open until filled.

Diversity and inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota. Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA

 

July 13, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Assistant Director Position at Charleston

 JOB POSTING 

Assistant Director for Academic and Bar Success

Department: Academic Affairs

Status: Full-time, 12-month, staff level

Reports to: Assistant Dean for Academic and Bar Success

FLSA: Exempt

The Charleston School of Law is looking for someone enthusiastic about student success. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in a law school, managing people and schedules, and working in a team to help guide students in their pursuits of academic and professional achievement.

JOB SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Assistant Director for Academic and Bar Success is a full-time, staff-level position. The Assistant Director will work alongside the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Bar Passage in all aspects of the Charleston School of Law’s Academic Development programs The position will primarily focus on helping students get a strong start by working with 1Ls and 2Ls, but the ideal candidate will also have experience working with bar exam takers. Job duties include but are not limited to:

- Aid in development of a workshop series for 1L students to build skills for academic success

- Help students acclimate to law school through one-on-one meetings; special focus on students deemed at risk

- Manage peer-to-peer (fellow) academic success program

- Teach established Academic and Legal Skills curriculum

- Provide assistance for Bar Exam test takers (after graduation); may require weekend and after-hours work

The Assistant Director for Academic and Bar Success must be able to work with current law school faculty and staff in the continued development and implementation of programs used to enhance student academic and bar success. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching in law school, specifically in an academic or bar success program.

REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS:

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school. Requires admission to the bar in at least one U.S. jurisdiction and a demonstrated commitment to working with students, inside and outside the classroom, to improve their academic performance. Ideally, applicant will have passed a bar exam that includes the MPT. Applicant must have excellent writing, speaking, interpersonal and organizational skills.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

To perform this job successfully, the applicant must be able to perform each function satisfactorily. The requirements and responsibilities listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required to perform the tasks. The Charleston School of Law is and Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in any of their activities or programs on the basis of: race, color, sex, gender, age, pregnancy, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or any other classes protected by law.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to: Shera Silvis, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 535, Charleston, SC 29403 or via email to SSilvis@charlestonlaw.edu. Please submit application materials no later than July 30, 2018. Salary estimated at $60,000+ (based on experience, negotiable) plus benefits.

June 30, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Associate Director Position at Thomas Jefferson

 JOB TITLE: Associate Director of Academic Success & Bar Preparation

DEPARTMENT: Academic Success & Bar Preparation

REPORTS TO: Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation

POSITION SUPERVISES: Work Study Students

POSITION STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

GENERAL SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation, the Associate Director of Academic Success & Bar Preparation (“Associate Director”) is responsible for helping coordinate and supervise integrated academic success and bar support programs for students at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The successful candidate will help support law school students and graduates to succeed in law school and as they prepare for their bar examinations, including by teaching bar-related and academic success courses. The Associate Director will also provide assistance with and will monitor learning outcomes, academic performance, academic support and bar preparation activities to all students, and will participate in other student retention activities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Work collaboratively with Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation, the Vice Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the faculty to assess and address the current needs for academic success and bar-related programming and support.

 Work with the Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation and other department members to administer the integrated academic success and bar preparation program for current students and bar-takers, including by teaching classes; providing one-on-one and small group tutoring; developing and teaching workshops; providing support and guidance to the advanced student mentors and Learning Assistants; and completing other tasks as assigned.

 Teach sections of bar-related and academic success skills courses as needed (including fall, spring, and summer).

 Work collaboratively to tailor programming including courses and workshops to meet the needs of students and bar-takers each term (fall, spring and summer, including the February and July bar cycles).

 Collaborate to design, develop, and implement the Continuing Bar Candidates Program and the Commercial Bar Support Program.

 Provide structured writing, organizational, and analytical assistance to current students and recent graduates, including through workshops and presentations.

 Participate in the presentation of academic success program activities beginning with Week One, the student orientation program.

 Provide administrative support to the Academic Success & Bar Preparation department as needed.

 Help to track and report information regarding bar passage and programming assessments and evaluations.

 Provide support and academic advice and counseling to students and recent graduates.

 Enforce campus policies regarding commercial bar preparation access to Thomas Jefferson School of Law, as applicable.

 Participate in committees as assigned by the Vice Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

 Oversee student workers as needed.

 Represent the law school at and participate in outside conferences and other events organized for and/or by academic support or bar preparation professionals, as applicable.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

 J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and a proven record of academic achievement during law school.

 Admission to a state bar in the United States, California (or another popular state for graduates) highly preferred.

 At least 2 years of experience practicing law or delivering writing or other instruction in an academic institution, law firm, or commercial bar prep company.

 Familiarity with bar-tested subjects and bar exam format.

 Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

 Prior experience with academic support and bar preparation strongly preferred.

 Experience with curriculum design, including an understanding of educational learning theory, best practices in teaching pedagogy, and individual learning styles preferred.

 Experience teaching writing and/or working with students for whom English is their second language preferred.

 Experience with assessment and with data collection preferred.

 Familiarity with online technology preferred.

 The ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve our law students’ academic development and bar passage, and to design, implement and manage innovative programs to assist adult learners in reaching their potential.

 The ability to work well with a diverse student body, including having a cultural awareness of different learning styles.

 Strong teaching, interpersonal and counseling skills.

 Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff.

 Ability to manage multiple priorities under deadlines.

 Ability to work effectively in a team-based approach to course design and implementation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 Able to sit or stand, type, read or write for extended periods of time.

 Able to handle high level of stress in a useful, constructive manner.

 Able to lift/carry materials and publications up to 20 pounds.

 Able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

WORK SCHEDULE:

 Full time position, Monday through Friday, includes teaching evenings. Some weekends will be necessary.

 

To apply for the position, applicants should submit a resume accompanied by a cover letter to hr@tjsl.edu.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working on  both ASP and the bar-side as this is an integrated department and team members teach across the bar prep and ASP curriculum. 

June 30, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Director/Assistant Professor Position at La Verne

La Verne College of Law is posting the position for Director of the Center for Academic & Bar Readiness and Assistant Professor. There is a lot of opportunity for creative innovation in teaching and learning as well as program development. The salary for this position is competitive for the Southern California Region. Please hit the link below if you are interested in applying.

https://laverne.peopleadmin.com/postings/5711

June 24, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Atlanta's John Marshall Position in the Office of Academic Achievement

 Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School invites applications for a position in the Office of Academic Achievement.

This position is a full-time, non-tenure track position that begins on August 1, 2018. This is a one year contract that may lead to successive short-term contracts.

Responsibilities:

To enhance the critical skills associated with law school success, the office of academic achievement (OAA) at AJMLS offers instruction in the form of one-on-one counseling, mandatory and non-mandatory workshops, group presentations and specialized course offerings to all enrolled students and graduates of AJMLS. Reporting directly to the Director of the program, the successful applicant should be able to:

 Help implement and manage all components of the academic support program at the Law School, which includes programming focused on preparing students for the bar exam.

 Teach academic workshops to students in the day and evening division on topics, such as briefing, course outlining, and exam performance.

 Provide learning strategies and techniques to enhance and leverage the academic skills that underline law school success.

 Work one-on-one with students in the day and evening division with focus on strengthening the academic skills of critical reading, briefing, outlining, and analysis. Individual counseling serves all students as well as students identified as academically at risk.

 Provide written, formative feedback to students on practice problems and/or exams.

 Help develop and assess the academic success program by collecting and maintaining data relevant to academic performance.

 Help develop personal action plans for students studying for law school exams and bar exams

 Identify students’ academic strengths and opportunities and assist in providing effective instruction to help leverage performance.

 Be interested, and stay current on, educational learning theory.

 Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the program.

Qualifications:

 Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, a law license, excellent academic credentials, and a demonstrated commitment to working with students to improve their academic performance.

 Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching in an academic success program.

Application Information:

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and contact information for three references to: Sarah D. Murphy, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, 1422 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 or via email to smurphy@johnmarshall.edu. Salary will be based on experience.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is equal opportunity employers and does not discriminate in any of their programs or activities on the basis of race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, disability, color, or religious belief

June 23, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 22, 2018

John Marshall Law School in Chicago Director Position

Job Description - Director, Academic Achievement & Bar Preparation


The John Marshall Law School, located in Chicago, is seeking an experienced Director for its Academic Achievement & Bar Preparation Program. This is a fulltime staff position beginning immediately or as negotiated. This appointment is for twelve months with renewable one year terms.


Responsibilities


The Director will report directly to the Associate Dean for Academic Achievement, Institutional Assessment, and Bar Preparation. The Director will oversee the daily operations of the academic support and bar preparation programs, including supervising and training academic support and bar preparation staff. Additional responsibilities include:


• Collaborate with the Associate Dean in developing short and long term goals and objectives for the academic support and bar preparation programs.
• Collaborate with the Associate Dean in assessing and if necessary, redesigning any existing courses, workshops, or programs for the academic support and bar preparation programs.
• Develop and manage all academic support and bar preparation workshops, programs, and events.
• Collaborate with the Associate Dean in developing the curriculum and teaching of the 1L Expert Learning courses in the fall and spring semesters.
• Plan, develop, coordinate, and teach the bar preparation courses in the fall and spring semesters.
• Plan, develop, coordinate, teach workshops, and direct programs, such as the Bar Boot Camp, and work directly with recent graduates in the bar preparation program.
• Counsel and assist law students and graduates on law school and bar exam success. Many of our students are from diverse backgrounds and are first generation law students.
• Review and provide meaningful feedback on practice exams and other formative assessment exercises submitted by law students and graduates.
• Train and supervise adjunct faculty and staff who work in the academic support and bar preparation programs.
• Stay abreast and regularly update the deans and faculty of best practices and trends in law school academic support and bar preparation programs.
• Communicate and coordinate with and stay abreast of the recent trends in commercial bar review programs.

Educational requirements
• JD required.

Experience requirements
• Admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
• At least five years of experience in academic support and bar preparation at a law school, preferably at least three years in a director’s capacity.

Desired Skills
• Works collaboratively with members of a professional team;
• Excellent and patient listener;
• Interacts with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
• Diagnoses student challenges with a holistic approach;
• Optimistic and positive outlook;
• Creative and innovative problem solver;
• Identify and navigate administrative rules and policies
• Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills;
• Manage time efficiently to handle multiple tasks;
• Strong technology skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

How to Apply
Submit (1) your cover letter summarizing your reasons for applying for this position and your qualifications, (2) your resume detailing relevant experience, and (3) a list of at least three references to: Rodney Fong, either by mail to The John Marshall Law School, Attn: Associate Dean Rodney Fong, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois 60604 or by email to rfong@jmls.edu.

Salary: Based on experience.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Questions should be directed to Associate Dean Rodney Fong at rfong@jmls.edu or 312-427-2737 ext. 312.

Non-Discrimination Policy
The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

June 22, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Instructor in Academic Success and Professionalism Position at Nova Southeastern

The listing for this full-time, full benefits position in Academic Success and Professionalism can be found here.

June 16, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Associate Director Position at IU McKinney School of Law

The attached PDF gives the full job description: Download Job Description Associate Director of Academic and Bar Success Full Time and the following link is to the job posting and online application link: Job Posting and Online Application Link.

June 16, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Assistant Director of Academic Support Position at California Western

California Western has posted a job opening for the Assistant Director position. Here are two sources for the job posting:

CWSL website posting - https://www.cwsl.edu/community/current-job-openings 

Chronicle of Higher Ed posting - https://www.higheredjobs.com/region/details.cfm?JobCode=176730343&Title=Assistant%20Director%20of%20Academic%20Support

 

June 1, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Assistant Director Position at University of the District of Columbia

Assistant Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs

http://udc.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2hbyxhvorva?sort=1&sortdir=a

1. The position advertised:

__x_ a. is a full-time appointment.
___ b. is a part-time appointment.

Other, please specify:

2. The position advertised:
___ a. is a tenure-track appointment.
_ __ b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
___ c. may lead to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. (Full Time Position)
___ d. has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.
___ e. is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

___ f. is an adjunct appointment.

___ g. is a year-to-year appointment.

___ h. is a one-year visitorship.

_x_ i. is for at will employment.

Other, please specify:

Additional information, question 2:

3. The person hired:
___ a. will be permitted to vote on all matters at faculty meetings.

___ b. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings on matters except those pertaining to hiring, tenure, and promotion.
___ c. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

Other, please specify:

The person hired is encouraged to attend all faculty meetings and faculty development sessions. The person will be permitted to vote on all matters except those reserved for executive session.

Additional information, question 3:

 

4. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base compensation in the range checked below. (A base compensation does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base compensation does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.)
___ a. over $120,000
___ b. $110,000 - $119,999
___ c. $100,000 - $109,999
___ d. $90,000 - $99,999
___ e. $80,000 - $89,999
_x__ f. $70,000 - $79,999
_x__ g. $60,000 - $69,999
__x_ h. $50,000 - $59,999
___ i. $40, 000-49,999
___ j. $10,000 - $39,000.
___ k. less than $10,000.

Other, please specify: $55,488.16 - $74,765.45 –This reflects the salary range for the position. The actual salary will depend on the experience of the person hired.

Additional information, question 4:

5. The person hired will have the title of:

___ a. Associate Dean (including Dean of Students).

___ b. Assistant Dean.

___ c. Director.

___ d. Associate Director.

__x_ e. Assistant Director.

___ f. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (tenure track).

___ g. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (clinical tenure track or its equivalent).

___ h. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (neither tenure track nor clinical tenure track).

___ i. no title.

Other, please specify:

Additional information, question 5:

6. Job responsibilities include (please check all that apply):

_x__ a. working with students whose predicators (LSAT and University GPA) suggest they will struggle to excel in law school.

_x__ b. working with students who performed relatively poorly on their law school examinations or other assessments.

_x__ c. working with diverse students.

___ d. managing orientation.

___ e. teaching ASP-related classes (case briefing, synthesis, analysis, etc.).

_x__ f. teaching bar-exam related classes.

_x__ g. working with students on an individual basis.

___ h. teaching other law school courses.

Other, please specify:

Additional information, question 6:

7. The person hired will be present in the office:

___ a. 9-10 month appointment.

_x__ b. Year round appointment (works regularly in the summer months).

Additional information, question 7:

8. The person hired is required to publish, in some form, in order to maintain employment.

___ a. Yes.

__x_ b. No.

Additional information, question 8:

9. The person hired will report to:

___ a. the Dean of the Law School.

___ b. an Associate Dean.

_x__ c. the Director of the Academic Support Department.

___ d. a Faculty Committee.

Other, please specify:

Additional information, question 9:

Instructor, Academic Success

http://udc.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2hbyxhaupia?sort=1&sortdir=a

1. The position advertised:

__x_ a. is a full-time appointment.
___ b. is a part-time appointment.

Other, please specify:

2. The position advertised:
___ a. is a tenure-track appointment.
_ __ b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
___ c. may lead to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. (Full Time Position)
___ d. has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.
___ e. is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

___ f. is an adjunct appointment.

___ g. is a year-to-year appointment.

___ h. is a one-year visitorship.

_x_ i. is for at will employment.

Other, please specify:

Additional information, question 2:

3. The person hired:
___ a. will be permitted to vote on all matters at faculty meetings.

___ b. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings on matters except those pertaining to hiring, tenure, and promotion.
___ c. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

Other, please specify:

The person hired is encouraged to attend all faculty meetings and faculty development sessions. The person will be permitted to vote on all matters except those reserved for executive session.

Additional information, question 3:

4. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base compensation in the range checked below. (A base compensation does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base compensation does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.)
___ a. over $120,000
___ b. $110,000 - $119,999
___ c. $100,000 - $109,999
___ d. $90,000 - $99,999
___ e. $80,000 - $89,999
___ f. $70,000 - $79,999
_x__ g. $60,000 - $69,999
__x_ h. $50,000 - $59,999
__x_ i. $40, 000-49,999
___ j. $10,000 - $39,000.
___ k. less than $10,000.

Other, please specify: $42,196.01 - $63,292.47 –This reflects the salary range for the position. The actual salary will depend on the experience of the person hired.

Additional information, question 4:

5. The person hired will have the title of:

___ a. Associate Dean (including Dean of Students).

___ b. Assistant Dean.

___ c. Director.

___ d. Associate Director.

___ e. Assistant Director.

___ f. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (tenure track).

___ g. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (clinical tenure track or its equivalent).

___ h. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (neither tenure track nor clinical tenure track).

___ i. no title.

Other, please specify: Academic Success Instructor

Additional information, question 5:

6. Job responsibilities include (please check all that apply):

_x__ a. working with students whose predicators (LSAT and University GPA) suggest they will struggle to excel in law school.

_x__ b. working with students who performed relatively poorly on their law school examinations or other assessments.

_x__ c. working with diverse students.

_x__ d. managing orientation.

_x__ e. teaching ASP-related classes (case briefing, synthesis, analysis, etc.).

___ f. teaching bar-exam related classes.

_x__ g. working with students on an individual basis.

___ h. teaching other law school courses.

Other, please specify:

Additional information, question 6:

7. The person hired will be present in the office:

___ a. 9-10 month appointment.

_x__ b. Year round appointment (works regularly in the summer months).

Additional information, question 7:

8. The person hired is required to publish, in some form, in order to maintain employment.

___ a. Yes.

__x_ b. No.

Additional information, question 8:

9. The person hired will report to:

___ a. the Dean of the Law School.

___ b. an Associate Dean.

_x__ c. the Director of the Academic Support Department.

___ d. a Faculty Committee.

Other, please specify:

Additional information, question 9:

May 26, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Assistant Director Position at Touro

JOB POSTING

Assistant Director for Academic Development and Bar Programs

 

Department: Academic Support
Status: Full-time, 12-month, staff-level
Reports To: Director of Academic Support and Bar Programs
FLSA: EXEMPT

 

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to join our Academic Development Department. The ideal candidate will have experience with both bar preparation and academic support.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Assistant Director for Academic Development and Bar Programs is a full-time, staff-level position. The Assistant Director assists the Director of Academic Development and Bar Programs in all aspects of Touro’s Academic Development programs including: working with students on an individual basis; coordinating and providing skills training workshops; developing appropriate student learning materials; maintaining records associated with bar tutoring and counseling programs; coordinating and teaching in Touro’s bar-preparation programs; and implementing new services related to enhancing our law students’ academic experience. Evening availability necessary; some weekend work.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Counseling and working with students individually, regarding academic support and study skills;
● Developing, implementing, and teaching academic success workshops and other programs for 1L student and 2L students;
● Sharing in the creation, maintenance, and distribution of teaching materials in conjunction with the Director of Academic Development and Bar Programs;
● Assisting in implementing, and teaching in, programs related to bar exam preparation;
● One-on-one tutoring in Touro’s bar prep programs;
● Providing support for graduates during the bar review periods as they prepare for the bar exam;
● Assisting with the collection and analysis of data related to bar exam outcomes and bar exam materials;
● Maintaining records associated with bar preparation and counseling programs;
● Other duties related to academic support, success, retention, and bar preparation as assigned by the Director of Academic Development and Bar Programs.


REQUIREMENTS:
Education, Preparation, and Training
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school. Admission to the bar in at least one U.S. jurisdiction. At least one year of experience teaching academic support or bar preparation in a classroom setting, whether at the college or law school level, is highly recommended. Evening and some weekend work is required.

Skills
• Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills
• A demonstrated commitment to academic support
• Strong interpersonal communications skills are essential

Physical Demands
• Sitting for long periods of time

Computer Skills
• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office

Travel
• N/A

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
Application Procedure
Please apply for the position at: http://touro.peopleadmin.com/postings/2610

Application Deadline: rolling application review

Touro Law Center is located in Central Islip, on the south shore of Long Island, an hour from New York City. Visit http://www.tourolaw.edu for more information about Touro Law Center.

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

 

May 25, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Faculty and Director of Academic Success Position at Southern Illinois

                                                                                                      

Faculty Position: Director of the Academic Success Program

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University School of Law is an outstanding, small public law school that provides its students with an optimal mix of theoretical and experiential educational opportunities in a student-centered environment in order to prepare them for a changing legal profession in a global environment. SIU School of Law seeks to fill a full time, 9-month, tenure-track or tenured position in the area of academic support beginning in the 2018 - 2019 academic year.

Rank & Title: Director of the Academic Success Program — Full, Associate, or Assistant Professor of Law.

Minimum Qualifications:  The Juris Doctor degree or its equivalent from a nationally accredited law school, and an outstanding law school academic record. Factors to be considered in assessing the academic record include: rank in class, selectivity of the J.D. degree (or its equivalent) granting institution, honors received, and other factors relevant to academic performance.  To be eligible for appointment at the Full or Associate Professor level, the candidate must have prior law school teaching experience and an established record of scholarship and contributions to the profession.  Full or Associate Professor candidates should be able to meet the requirements for promotion and tenure on the faculty of the School of Law.

Preferred Qualifications: An advanced degree in education theory or a related discipline or one or more years of experience in a law school academic support program. Experience in student counseling, academic support, bar exam preparation, legal writing and analysis, or remedial teaching is preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities: The Director of the Academic Success Program will direct the School of Law’s program of academic support, which includes a first-year program of academic success, support for upper level students, and a bar preparation program. The Director will lead the School of Law’s Academic Success Program team, which currently includes both a full-time academic support specialist and a full-time bar preparation specialist.

The Director will also have responsibility for: (a) teaching at least two classroom courses per academic year to be negotiated with the Dean, (b) research and publication involving legal analysis of a high quality; (c) committee and other service work within the law school; and (d) university and public service.  The Director’s responsibilities will also include working with the Academic Success Program team to oversee program-led (or program-initiated) study groups, offer workshops, counsel students, monitor student progress through the curriculum, and work with students on an individual basis. The Director will also work with School of Law faculty and administration to analyze academic achievement and bar examination results and develop strategies to maximize academic success and bar passage.  The Director’s position is a full time, tenured or tenure-track position based on a nine-month contract.

To apply: Applications should be submitted electronically to lawdean@law.siu.edu or by mail to the address below.  Electronic applications preferred.  A completed application will require a letter of application, a resumé, and the contact information for three references.  The letter should be addressed to:

Mark Schultz, Chair, Personnel Committee

C/O Patty Lynn

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Mail Code 6804

1150 Douglas Drive

Carbondale, Illinois  62901

Deadline for application: May 11, 2018, or until position is filled.

SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population.  All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

 

 

May 11, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

What is AccessLex Institute?

There has been a good bit of buzz about AccessLex, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. AccessLex has been mentioned in some postings on the listserv in the past months. Kirsha Trychta recently posted on the Blog about her takeaways from the AccessLex bar exam research forum; the link to her post is here.

You may remember Sara J. Berman, the Director of Programs for Academic and Bar Success at the Center for Legal Education Excellence at AccessLex Institute. Sara wrote the book published by the ABA, Pass the Bar Exam. Sara was part of the ASP/bar law school community for a number of years having worked at Nova Southeastern and at Whittier. She started her position at AccessLex this spring and is working hard to bring to the forefront issues that concern the ASP/bar profession.

The URL for the AccessLexCenter for Legal Education Excellence is https://www.accesslex.org/accesslex-center-legal-education-excellence.

There is a new Bar Success Research Grant Program accepting letters of inquiry May 1-31, 2018: https://www.accesslex.org/bar-success-grant-program. See the website or the May 1st posting to the ASP listserv for more information.

And there has even been a recent job posting for an academic and bar success research analyst at AccessLex: https://accesslexinstitute-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=76.

There seem to be a number of potential resources for the ASP/bar profession that AccessLex can provide. (Amy Jarmon)

May 5, 2018 in Academic Support Spotlight, Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements, Program Evaluation | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Director of Bar Passage Position at DePaul

The College of Law at DePaul University invites applications for the position of Director of Bar Passage. The Director of Bar Passage will oversee initiatives to support successful bar passage for students and graduates for the College of Law. The Director will teach a number of required and elective courses, including courses required for at-risk students and electives available to all students. In addition, the Director will coordinate and serve as a coach in the post-graduation bar coaching program and be the primary contact between the College of Law and bar review vendors. The Director will also counsel current students and recent graduates regarding bar exam preparation and readiness.  The position is a full-time, term (non-tenure track) faculty position.   The full job posting can be found at:https://facultyopportunities.depaul.edu/postings/1878

Questions about the position can be directed to Allison Ortlieb (aortlieb@depaul.edu).    

May 4, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Atlanta's John Marshall Position in the Office of Academic Achievement

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School invites applications for a position in the Office of Academic Achievement. 

This position is a full-time, non-tenure track position that begins on August 1, 2018.  This is a one year contract that may lead to successive short-term contracts. 

Responsibilities:

To enhance the critical skills associated with law school success, the office of academic achievement (OAA) at AJMLS offers instruction in the form of one-on-one counseling, mandatory and non-mandatory workshops, group presentations and specialized course offerings to all enrolled students and graduates of AJMLS. Reporting directly to the Director of the program, the successful applicant should be able to:

  • Help implement and manage all components of the academic support program at the Law School, which includes programming focused on preparing students for the bar exam.
  • Teach academic workshops to students in the day and evening division on topics, such as briefing, course outlining, and exam performance.
  • Provide learning strategies and techniques to enhance and leverage the academic skills that underline law school success.
  • Work one-on-one with students in the day and evening division with focus on strengthening the academic skills of critical reading, briefing, outlining, and analysis. Individual counseling serves all students as well as students identified as academically at risk.
  • Provide written, formative feedback to students on practice problems and/or exams.
  • Help develop and assess the academic success program by collecting and maintaining data relevant to academic performance.
  • Help develop personal action plans for students studying for law school exams and bar exams
  • Identify students’ academic strengths and opportunities and assist in providing effective instruction to help leverage performance.
  • Be interested, and stay current on, educational learning theory.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the program.

 Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, a law license, excellent academic credentials, and a demonstrated commitment to working with students to improve their academic performance.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching in an academic success program.

Application Information:

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and contact information for three references to: Sarah D. Murphy, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, 1422 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 or via email to smurphy@johnmarshall.edu. Please submit application materials by May 20th, 2018. Salary will be based on experience.  

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is equal opportunity employers and does not discriminate in any of their programs or activities on the basis of race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, disability, color, or religious belief.

May 4, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Associate Director of Academic Skills at UC Irvine

UC Irvine School of Law is seeking an Associate Director of Academic Skills.  Please click the below link for the full position description and application information:

https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04481

Even though we are filling a position in the Academic Skills department, we are very interested in applicants with experience teaching legal writing skills given the courses that our department teaches (e.g., Written Legal Analysis and Legal Analysis & Writing Practice). 

If you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to contact me or Sue Kung, UCI’s Director of Academic Skills (skung@law.uci.edu).

April 29, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Academic Support Specialist at John Marshall Law School in Chicago

Academic Support Specialist, Academic Achievement & Bar Preparation

This is a fulltime staff position beginning June 16, 2018 or as negotiated.  This appointment is for twelve months with renewable one year terms.

Responsibilities

The Academic Support Specialist will report directly to the Director of the Academic Achievement & Bar Preparation Programs.  The ideal candidate will provide academic support to law students, beginning in their first year, on study skills, exam strategies, time management techniques, and prepares students and graduates for the bar exam.  The ideal candidate will teach skills courses, conduct workshops, and review and provide critical and constructive feedback on exercises and practice exams. The ideal candidate will also counsel students from diverse backgrounds.

Educational requirements

  • JD required.

Experience requirements

Admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction in the United States and has been licensed to practiced law for a minimum of five years.

Desired Skills

  • Excellent and patient listener;
  • Ability to interact with people from various backgrounds and cultures;
  • Ability to keep information confidential;
  • Creative and innovative problem solver;
  • Optimistic and positive outlook;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of a professional team;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;
  • Manage time efficiently to handle multiple tasks;
  • Strong technology skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Previous academic support in higher education or legal writing experience a plus.

How to Apply

Submit (1) your cover letter summarizing your reasons for applying for this position and your qualifications, (2) your resume detailing relevant experience, and (3) a list of at least three references to: Rodney Fong, either by mail to The John Marshall Law School, Attn: Associate Dean Rodney Fong, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois 60604 or by email to rfong@jmls.edu. 

Salary: Based on experience.

Deadline: May 12, 2018

Questions should be directed to Associate Dean Rodney Fong at rfong@jmls.edu or 312-427-2737 ext. 312.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

April 29, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Two Part-Time Positions at Seton Hall Law School

Anyone interested in either position should email a resume and cover letter to Dean Cara Foerst, Associate Dean for Academics:

cara.foerst@shu.edu | 973-642-8506

Position One

Seton Hall Law School seeks to hire an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and Assistant Director of Academic Success.  This is a part-time position that involves teaching one section of Introduction to Lawyering and administering the Bar Exam Support section of the Academic Success program.  

Teaching Introduction to Lawyering

The Assistant Director of Academic Success and Assistant Director of Legal Practice will teach one section in our innovative Introduction to Lawyering course.  The Introduction to Lawyering course is a full-year six credit course. The course covers legal writing, legal research, client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, oral argument, and professionalism. The course is taught by doctrinal and legal practice professors in a coordinated and collaborative manner. In teaching the course the faculty member will be responsible for the following:

  • Teaching Introduction to Lawyering classes twice a week during weeks when classes are scheduled.
  • Meeting with students in individual and joint conferences to discuss writing assignments and interactive skills exercises.
  • Providing students with detailed written feedback on writing assignments and interactive skills exercises.
  • Attending Introduction to Lawyering faculty meetings to prepare for upcoming classes and activities.
  • Teaching several sessions at the Introduction to Lawyering Day at law school orientation.
  • Meeting with students outside of class time and conferences as needed to discuss assignments and other law school topics.
  • Working with the Director and other Lawyering faculty to create and revise the class exercises.
  • Other assignments consistent with the needs of the program.

Assistant Director of Academic Support

In the role of Assistant Director of Academic Success reports directly to the Director of Academic Success and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  The Assistant Director is responsible for contributing to a positive student experience by providing academic and bar exam support services to current law students and recent graduates. 

The Assistant Director provides high-level support to the Director on management, execution, and analysis of all academic support for bar exam preparation including programs, workshops, information sessions and other programming.  The Director may be assigned to instruct in the academic support and bar preparation areas.  Additionally, this position oversees confidential data for the Academic Success, Bar Exam Programs, and Bar Pass Rates. 

The Assistant Director works in a collaborative relationship with all law school students, faculty and administrators and staff and actively participates in implementing procedures to enhance the overall effectiveness and efficiency of Academic Success and Bar Prep Programs.  The ability to provide timely and accurate communication is essential.  This position requires occasional attendance at on and off campus events during and outside normal business hours and presence at the Law School during the summer months while recent graduates are studying and preparing for the bar exam.  Some travel may be required. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Aid in the development of the academic success program for students beyond their first year.
  • Advise and work with students on all aspects of bar exam preparation.
  • Host workshops on bar-exam related topics.
  • Assist the Director of Academic Success with the administration of the Academic Success and Bar Exam programs, including but not limited to working with faculty and commercial bar prep companies. 
  • Provide one-on-one academic and personal counseling to J.D. students.  Refer students to counseling resources when necessary.  Maintain regular office hours.  Provide academic skills tutoring and life coaching for students.  
  • Provide high-touch monitoring of and communication with recent graduates while they are studying and preparing for the bar exam. 
  • Manage confidential law school databases and processes relating to student academic information relating to student performance, bar pass statistical analysis, academic supervision, academic success, and other areas as needed. 
  • Perform administrative duties as necessary including managing budgets and costs, responding promptly to emails and phone calls, planning events and workshops, attending meetings within the department and law school.
  • Keep current on latest trends and practices with bar exams, bar exam preparation, academic support and legal education.
  • Attendance is expected at Orientation, Commencement and other Law School events.  Presence in the building during the summer months in which recent graduates are studying and preparing for the bar exam. 

Most weeks the person in this position will be expected to come to the law school at least three days a week to teach classes, meet with students and faculty and fulfill other responsibilities.  However, some weeks will require a more substantial time commitment.

Qualifications: Seton Hall seeks individuals with stellar legal writing, interpersonal, and practice skills. Candidates must have 3-5 years of practice experience and excellent academic records. Teaching experience is preferred.  Experience in higher education is a plus.

Position two:

Teaching Introduction to Lawyering in Innovative Weekend Program

Seton Hall Law School is hiring a part-time adjunct professor to teach a section of Introduction to Lawyering in our innovative weekend law school program for the 2018-19 school year. The Introduction to Lawyering course is a full-year six credit course. The course covers legal writing, legal research, client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, oral argument, and professionalism. The course is taught by doctrinal and legal practice professors in a coordinated and collaborative manner. 

In the weekend program the Introduction to Lawyering course is taught as a hybrid live/on-line class.  Two-thirds of the class is taught live on alternating weekends, and one-third on-line.  Many of the formal on-line components of the class have been prepared already, so, although the faculty member will be responsible for teaching from those components, the professor will not be responsible for preparing most of the on-line features.   However, the faculty member will have to use technology, such as Skype or Zoom, to communicate with students, and to teach parts of the course.

In teaching the course the faculty member will be responsible for the following:

  • Teaching a three and a half hour Introduction to Lawyering class session every other week for 8 weeks during each semester; 
  • Meeting with students during the evenings in individual and joint conferences, both in person and on-line, to discuss writing assignments and interactive skills exercises;
  • Providing students with detailed written feedback on writing assignments and interactive skills exercises;
  • Attending Introduction to Lawyering faculty meetings to prepare for upcoming classes and activities;
  • Teaching several sessions at the Introduction to Lawyering Day at law school orientation;
  • Meeting with students outside of class time and conferences as needed, both in person and on-line, to discuss assignments and other law school topics;
  • Developing class plans and exercises with the other Lawyering professors, and
  • Other assignments consistent with the needs of the program.

The faculty member is required to come to the law school for the weekend class sessions, which are tentatively scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. every other Saturday, and to meet with students either on-line or in person most weeks.  This will require additional availability either on weekends or at night, as most weekend students work full-time.  Some weeks and weekends will require a more substantial time commitment, and some will be lighter depending on where the students are in the curriculum.  The position begins in August 2018.

Qualifications: Seton Hall seeks individuals with stellar legal writing, interpersonal, and practice skills, along with experience and comfort with on-line technology such as Blackboard, Skype, or Zoom. Candidates must have 3-5 years of practice experience and excellent academic records. Teaching experience is preferred. 

April 27, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Assistant Dean for Academic Success Position at Pepperdine

Assistant Dean for Academic Success

Pepperdine University School of Law is seeking applicants for Assistant Dean for Academic Success.

Pepperdine Law is excited to be searching for the new leader for our academic success and bar prep programs.  Historically, our program has been coordinated and staff by a variety of our full-time faculty members and student teaching fellows who each support and work in the program on a part-time basis.  We are looking forward to hiring an enthusiastic and energetic candidate for this new Assistant Dean role and invite applications from the law school ASP and bar prep community.  This is a great opportunity for an individual who wants to take charge of their own program in a highly supportive and entrepreneurial environment where student success in law school and on the bar exam are among the law school's highest priorities.

In most years, Pepperdine Law’s first-time bar takers consistently meet or surpass ABA law schools’ average pass rates on the CA Bar Exam. The law school is looking to develop even stronger academic success and bar support programs, and is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Assistant Dean to lead its existing and evolving programs.

The Assistant Dean will coordinate, supervise, and teach in Pepperdine Law’s academic support and bar support programs. He or she will report to the Associate Dean for Student Success and will work collaboratively with faculty and other members of the law school administration.

The Assistant Dean’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and manage academic and bar support programs, events, and outreach. 
  • Plan, coordinate, and teach the 1L Law Exam Workshop and an upper-division academic success course in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Help plan, coordinate, and co-teach the 3L Bar Exam Workshop course in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Plan, coordinate, staff, teach workshops, and work directly with recent graduates in the summer bar support program.
  • Train and supervise full-time and adjunct faculty and staff who work in the academic success and bar support programs.
  • Compile, gather, and analyze data on all aspects of academic success and bar support programs to help inform and develop them, with a continuing goal of improving students’ success in law school and on the bar exam.
  • Stay abreast and regularly inform the deans and faculty of best practices and trends in law school academic success and bar support programs.
  • Together, with a team of part-time faculty and administrators, supervise and delegate administrative aspects of the academic success and bar support programs.
  • Complete other duties as necessary to carry out above and related functions.

If you work at Pepperdine Law, you are at a place where:

  • Dean Caron and the entire administrative leadership team are highly supportive of the law school's academic and bar preparation programs.
  • The university and the law school encourages and supports entrepreneurship, vision, and a can-do attitude. 
  • And last, but certainly not least, the law school's location in beautiful Malibu, at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, provides a wonderful backdrop to our daily work environment.

The successful candidate will have: 

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school required. California Bar strongly preferred. 
  • Experience with legal pedagogy and academic and bar support required.
  • At least five years’ experience in a supervisory capacity preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Apply now

  • Please introduce yourself by sending a cover letter, describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, salary requirements, and resume to Selina Brandt at selina.brandt@pepperdine.edu.

April 27, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Professor and Director of Academic Success Position at Capital University

Professor and Director
of Academic Success

Capital University Law School seeks to hire a full time Professor and Director of Academic Success. This is a full-time faculty position eligible for a long-term contract status. The Director will support the Law School’s overall academic mission to provide access and opportunity to student populations that have been underrepresented in the legal profession. The Director will develop and implement academic success programming to improve students’ academic preparedness and performance. Responsibilities include working in collaboration with deans, the director of the bar services, and faculty to develop and implement academic success curriculum focused on analytical skill development, class and exam preparation strategies, writing and time management skills.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and manage all components of academic success programs of the Law School.
  • Coordinate and hold individual student meetings and workshops to improve students’ study, writing, time-management and test-taking skills.
  • Develop assessment tools to evaluate each component of the academic success programs including those participating and/or teaching in the program.
  • Provide general counseling to students regarding the academic rigors of legal study.
  • Meet with students to review work when appropriate, provide one-on-one assistance for students with academic deficiencies, and academic advising. Refer students to other law school personnel or departments where appropriate.
  • Integrate, where appropriate, technology into the academic success programs offerings.
  • Develop and maintain and academic success web page with information and resources available to all students.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.). Previous teaching experience, particularly in a law school setting, is preferred.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Strong skills in the areas of organization, planning, interpersonal relations, oral and written communications, and customer service are necessary.

Capital University is committed to increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum. This commitment includes Capital’s dedication to the development of faculty and staff who are committed to inclusive practices in teaching, learning, working and all other campus and community interactions. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Process: Interested candidates should send: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) names and addresses of three references, and 3) a letter of interest. 

Please send application materials to Debbie Scott, Executive Administrative Assistant, Dean's Office, Capital University Law School, 303 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 or via email DScott2@law.capital.edu

April 14, 2018 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)