Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Associate Director for Student Affairs Position at Indiana U - Robert H. McKinney School of Law - January 22nd deadline
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law seeks applicants for the Associate Director for Student Affairs. The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Dean for Students Affairs and design, manage, and implement an academic support program including bar support for law students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILIITES: The Associate Director will develop programs, advise and tutor students with special focus on students facing academic challenges, collaborate with faculty, develop an assessment model to measure the effectiveness of academic support, collect and analyze data, and draft reports concerning program outcomes. In addition, the Associate Director will manage the administrative aspects of the Dean’s Tutorial Society, including educational outreach, academic support initiatives and related programming.
REQUIRED: J.D. from an accredited institution, plus at least one year of post-law school professional experience.
The successful candidate should possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; excellent leadership skills; unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness; mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information; must have a keen sensitivity to human relations, with a high degree of empathy and approachability; demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision; knowledge of legal theory and understanding of academic support best practices, strong law school academic record, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required. Must have cultural competency in working with a diverse population.
PREFERRED: Three or more years of post-law school experience, especially teaching, advising, and tutoring in higher education or related experience. Bar admission in any state.
Applicants can apply directly online by January 22, 2016 at: https://iujobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/19394.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
POSITION TITLE: Assistant Director of Academic Support
REPORTS TO: Director, Academic Support
DEPARTMENT: Academic Support/Law School
CLASSIFICATION: Professional Staff
Under the direction of the Director of the Academic Support Program, performs a variety of professional and counseling tasks. This position has responsibility for assisting in scheduling, monitoring and evaluating comprehensive programs and materials for first year law students and counseling for first year law students.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Monitor, evaluate and revise academic support programs conducted by Student Instructors; coordinate meeting times and rooms for academic support programs and events; assist in preparing materials and performs set-up tasks for the programs and events.
• Responsible for communicating information about the nature, schedule, and location of academic support programs and events to relevant groups.
• Assists in counseling students in academic difficulty.
• Develop and implement methods for collecting, tracking, and analyzing data for evaluation of student participation.
• Prepare individual student evaluation profiles for students in academic difficulty.
• Assists in the presentation of active learning workshops to students.
• Assist in recruiting, scheduling interviews, hiring and training of student instructors.
• Oversee the collection, organization, storage and retrieval of student instructor materials.
• Serve on University committees as requested.
• Comply with University and departmental safety rules and regulations.
• Perform related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.
Incumbent performs routine assignments alone, following established practices. Supervisor will advise incumbent when work is not up to par and take appropriate steps for resolution within established procedures.
Supervises the work of Student Instructors and acts as an alternate supervisor to approve hours of student instructors.
Requires knowledge of office management and supervision, budget preparation and monitoring, and skills necessary to succeed in law school and on the bar exam. Familiarity with statistical analysis is a plus.
Requires the ability to develop, implement, and efficiently organize and carry out administrative policy and procedures in support of law school academic support programs. Counseling skills to assist students in developing academic and non-analytical skills necessary to succeed in law school. Excellent writing and oral communication skills. Proficiency with computers needed including, but not exclusive of programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, TWEN, and statistical programs.
Requires a Juris Doctor Degree and previous professional or administrative experience in an institution of higher learning or business or law office environment. Prior teaching or counseling experience is helpful. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, faculty, students and the public. Membership in a state bar. Florida State Bar preferred, but not required.
Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience and a cover letter with a description of their qualifications and experience based on the qualifications listed in the job bulletin.
Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Director, Academic Success; Law School - 998251
Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Academic Services and collaborating with other faculty and staff, the Academic Success Director assists students and graduates as they prepare for the bar exam, both as they progress through law school and after they graduate. Additionally, they will run established academic success programs and initiatives within the law school. In coordination with the Assistant Dean for Academic Services and other relevant faculty and staff the Academic Success Director develops, implements, and coordinates school-wide initiatives to improve bar passage, including a credit-bearing courses, workshops, and individual meetings with students, graduates, and faculty. Additionally, the Director tutors and provides academic counseling for at-risk students.
Friday, December 18, 2015
JOB TITLE: Associate Director of Bar Preparation
DEPARTMENT: Academic Success & Bar Preparation
RPORTS TO: Director of Bar Preparation
POSITION SUPERVISES: Work Study Students
POSITION STATUS: Full-time, Exempt
GENERAL SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Bar Preparation the Associate Director of Bar Preparation (“Associate Director”) is responsible for helping coordinate and supervise academic success and bar support programs for students at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, with an emphasis on bar preparation. The Associate Director will provide assistance with and will monitor learning outcomes, academic performance, academic support activities to all grade levels, and will participate in all other student retention activities. The successful candidate will also help support law school students and graduates as they prepare for their bar examinations, including by teaching Academic Success and bar-related courses and by coordinating post-graduation bar support programming.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBLITIES:
• Work collaboratively with faculty, the Director of Bar Preparation, the Assistant Dean of Academic Success & Bar Preparation, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to assess and address the current needs for programming and support.
• Participate in the presentation of academic success program activities beginning with the new student orientation program.
• Work collaboratively to tailor current programming and curriculum to meet the needs of students participating in the Intensive Curriculum.
• Provide administrative, research and design support to the Assistant Dean of Academic Success & Bar Preparation and the Director of Bar Preparation.
• Provide administrative support to the Academic Success & Bar Preparation Program.
• Work collaboratively to provide support to bar candidates.
• Provide support and academic advice and counseling to recent graduates.
• Collaborate to design, develop, and implement the Continuing Bar Program and the Commercial Bar Support Program.
• Work with the Director of Bar Preparation and others in the department in the design of a comprehensive workshop series on topics related to the bar exam.
• Help to track and report information regarding bar passage and programming assessments.
• Enforce campus policies regarding commercial bar preparation access to Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
• Participate in committees as assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
• Represent the law school at and participate in outside conferences and other events organized for and/or by bar preparation or academic support professionals.
• Teach courses that provide academic support and skill development as well as bar preparation-focused courses as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
• Required: J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and a proven record of academic achievement during law school.
• Required: Admission to a state bar in the United States, preferably California.
• Minimum of 3 years of experience practicing law or delivering writing or other instruction in an academic institution or law firm.
• Experience with academic support and bar preparation.
• Experience with curriculum design, including an understanding of educational learning theory, best practices in teaching pedagogy, and individual learning styles.
• Prior academic tutoring or experience in an academic success program.
• Familiarity with online technology.
• 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.
• 40 or more hours per week, Monday through Friday, as well as on weekends and in evenings, as needed.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Full-Time Law Faculty and Director of the Academic Success Program
School of Law [Boise, Idaho Campus]
University Mission: Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.
University Core Values:
• Servant Leadership
Unit or Department: School of Law [Boise, Idaho Campus]
Unit/Department Mission: The Concordia University School of Law integrates civic engagement, faith, and learning in the search for truth, social justice and an informed voice of reason.
Position title: Full-Time Law Faculty and Director of the Academic Success Program
Mission of the position (overall goal): Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Academics, the Director of the Academic Success Program will maximize student learning and performance in law school courses and on the bar exam by instructing students on learning techniques, identifying external resources for student academic success, collaborating with other faculty on instruction, and assessing the success of educational programs.
Summary of the position (how the overall goal is reached): The Director of the Academic Success Program will have lead responsibility in instructing students in learning skills and academic success during orientation and in a non-credit course aimed at all first-semester students; teach a course targeted at students who would benefit from support in legal analysis; identify and evaluate external resources to assist students; support students seeking assistance in learning and the faculty in teaching and program assessment. Responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for bar exam passage.
Concordia University School of Law: The School of Law is a branch campus of Concordia University Portland, which is part of the Concordia University System affiliated with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. Concordia is a Christian University preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Based in Boise, Idaho Concordia University School of Law is only the second law school in the state of Idaho and is located in close proximity to the largest concentration of the state’s law firms, attorneys and legal institutions. We offer students a range of internship, externship, mentorship and community outreach opportunities for an urban real-world experience to back up a curriculum of foundational and core concepts.
Concordia provides a challenging, yet supportive learning environment where spirited intellectual inquiry strengthens our commitment to justice, compassion and moral integrity. Concordia University School of Law emphasizes academic rigor, community engagement and ethical decision-making in a Christian context to prepare our graduates for legal, professional and leadership roles of the local, national and global frontier.
Reports to: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Hired/appointed by: The Dean of the School of Law
1. Academic Support
• Teach a non-credit course for first-semester students on learning skills.
• Teach a for-credit course for students, primarily in their second-semester, who would benefit from a further chance to develop legal analysis skills.
• Provide at orientation initial instruction and appropriate information on academic support, in coordination with other faculty and Student Affairs.
• Provide advising on academic success to all students.
• Identify and evaluate external resources for academic support.
• Coordinate and collaborate in the development of a program for training faculty advisor based on our curriculum and academic success model. Work with Student Affairs in the assignment of students to a faculty advisor.
• Assist faculty to develop strategies for student academic success, particularly for students in academic difficulty and those for whom English is a second language.
• Coordinate and collaborate in the development of institutional strategies for promoting student learning.
• Assist in assessing the success of academic support activities and serve as a resource for faculty institutional research in courses.
• In collaboration with the faculty and administration, create reports on statistical data regarding students’ academic performance, using entrance data and bar passage results.
2. Bar Exam Support
• Develop and implement strategy for successful first-time and ultimate bar exam passage
• Direct the instruction and curriculum of the bar exam planning course(s)
• Coordinate any bar review course contract(s), establishing/maintaining the relationship, evaluating the product, and tracking/reviewing student performance within the product
• Work with Student Affairs to ensure students interested in sitting for the bar understand the application process, apply, and invest in a bar review course
3. Other Duties
• Work with students with learning or physical disabilities and direct any students that may qualify for reasonable accommodations, according to the ADA, to Student Affairs.
• Engage in other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean of Academics.
Three to five years of experience working in academic support positions with law students preferred.
MA in Education or related field or teaching experience preferred.
JD and bar passage and admission required.
Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively teach in workshop and individual settings.
Flexibility to work irregular hours and weekends.
Excellent computer and technology skills. Prefer experience with data management, Microsoft Excel, and report development.
Consistently support the University and Law School mission statements.
Critical skills and qualities for this position:
• Training and expertise in student success programming and implementation.
• Strong communication skills.
• Familiarity with bar exam preparation.
• Self-directed, creative, and self-motivated problem solver. Able to take initiative and conceive new ideas that will streamline and make processes more effective for students.
• The ability to work with students in crisis and make well-reasoned determinations of next steps.
• Congenial and supportive work style. Strong interpersonal skills.
• Ability to quickly adapt and gain expertise in university computer systems.
• Effective task and time management abilities. Ability to manage multiple projects while also attending to daily/weekly/monthly and annual tasks.
• Must possess integrity, judgment and positive outlook. Must present with maturity and professionalism.
Physical demands of the position:
____ Repetitive motions sitting at keyboard
_X__ Rising and sitting repeatedly
_X__ Ability to lift, pull, grasp, stoop and reach within an office environment
_X__ Ability to sit for extended periods of time
_X__ Ability to speak and hear
Assessment schedule: Position assessed after the initial 90 days, and then annually.
Attitude and demeanor of all Concordia University employees:
As part of a work environment that highly values Christian education, educational excellence and service to students, all members of the community will:
1. Support the mission of Concordia University.
2. Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.
3. Work as a team member in a professional environment.
4. Possess a “service attitude“ (willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department).
5. Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, personal hygiene, etc.).
To Apply: POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED. The preferred start date is January 15, 2016. If the position does not fill at that time, the preferred start date is July, 2016. Please submit a resume, letter of interest, teaching philosophy, contact information for three professional references and a Concordia Employment Application Form http://www.cu-portland.edu/aboutcu/documents/cu_faculty_employment_application.pdf to: Penny Wilcox, Assistant to the Faculty, email@example.com.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law is seeking a candidate to fill a position for Counselor & Director of Multiple Choice Initiatives in our newly formed Comprehensive Legal Academic Success Program (CLASP). The successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of all multiple choice initiatives and programs in our academic support and bar prep programs as well as for providing support to students from matriculation through admission to the bar examination, with the primary goal of enhancing the learning and study skills of students. This is a newly revamped program with great faculty and administrative support!
• JD from an ABA accredited law school, admission to a state bar, and strong academic records
• At least one year experience teaching legal writing/legal methods, or working in academic support and/or counseling law students from diverse backgrounds.
• 3-5 years of related work experience; legal work experience in private practice, non-profit organizations, government, corporate, or judicial clerkship preferred.
• Strong skills in legal analysis and legal writing.
• Experience in program management desirable.
• Ability to create, design, and manage programs aimed at at-risk students and students on academic probation
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Must have ability to multi-task, and be detail oriented
• Excellent writing, analytical, speaking, organizational, and interpersonal skills required to work with diverse student body.
To apply: http://tinyurl.com/CLASPmc
This position is located at 6441 East Colonial Drive, Orlando FL 32807
Salary commensurate with experience.
Barry University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Whittier Law School is now accepting resumes for the positions of Director of Bar Support and Assistant Director of Bar Support.
The Director of Bar Support helps students and graduates prepare for success on the bar exam. The Director reports to the Dean and the Assistant Dean for Academic and Bar Support and collaborates closely with other faculty and staff. The Director develops, implements, and coordinates school-wide initiatives to improve bar passage and teaches mandatory 3L bar support courses. The Director collaborates with commercial bar reviews, works with the alumni association on the school’s alumni mentoring program, tracks at-risk students, develops assessment tools, and prepares bar exam statistics and reports.
The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Bar Support and the Assistant Dean for Academic and Bar Support. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director and Assistant Dean on all aspects of bar success preparation.
Whittier Law School is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. These positions are academic staff, non-faculty positions. Salary and benefits for both positions depend on a candidate's experience and other qualifications. Candidates must be graduates of an ABA law school, must hold a JD degree and possess an excellent academic record and prior work experience. Candidates must also have passed the California Bar Exam or a bar exam in a UBE jurisdiction.
Please submit resumes and letters of interest describing qualifications for the above positions to the Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara J. Berman,
Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Support
Whittier Law School
3333 Harbor Boulevard
Costs Mesa, CA 92626
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Associate Director of Academic Support
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Associate Director of Academic Support. Rank dependent upon qualifications. 12 month appointment with eligibility for continuing appointment
Be an integral part of the Academic Support Program (ASP) at Ohio Northern University College of Law; provide academic assistance for all students to improve essay writing, reading comprehension, issue spotting, and legal analysis skills; meet individually with academic at-risk students in the 1L and 2L classes or any student by request or upon recommendation by professor; host weekly essay success sessions open to all 1L students; teach one academic support based course each term; provide academic assistance and host weekly ASP sessions in the Summer Starter Program; provide input on issues such as academic assessment and data evaluation of student performance.
- Strong writing, analytical, and organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate with groups of students
- A JD from an ABA accredited law school with strong grades
- Admission to a state bar
- At least one year prior experience working in academic support in an ABA accredited law school, which included individual counseling of students
- Familiarity with outcomes based assessment
- Ability to think critically and innovatively about measuring student academic progress
Competitive salary, dependent on experience and qualifications. Fringe benefits include TIAA-CREF retirement program, medical insurance, disability benefits, life insurance, and tuition remission for dependents.
Ohio Northern University is a 143 year old, coeducational, residential university related to the United Methodist Church. In addition to law, the university has colleges of arts and sciences, business, engineering, and pharmacy. The university is located 15 miles east of Lima and Just over an hour from Columbus, Dayton, Fort Wayne, and Toledo. The Pettit College of Law has a 129 year history at the university and is a small College of 218 full-time students, three-fourths of whom come from outside Ohio. The law college is accredited by the ABA and an AALS member
All applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.onu.edu/postings/3241. EOE
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Assistant Director/Director of Academic Support
POSITION SUMMARY: Thurgood Marshall School of Law, recently recognized for having the most diverse student body, seeks an Assistant Director of Academic Support to join the Academic Support department. Under the supervision of the Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness, the Assistant Director of Academic Support will assist with the coordination and execution of strategies designed to strengthen academic support services and improve student outcomes. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic record, experience as an instructor, lecturer or tutor, and engaging presentation skills. The position is a staff position and the appointment may be at the level of assistant director or director, depending upon the experience of the candidate.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Deliver academic and degree plan advising to students; respond promptly to student requests.
- Work one-on-one with students needing academic assistance.
- Collaborate with faculty to identify areas where academic remediation is needed and create an effective outreach program to service students most in need.
- Utilize print and broadcast media to communicate program events to students.
- Administer and grade practice exams and maintain records of student performance.
- Assist with the planning and implementation of the 1L Orientation and 1L Skills Academy.
- Identify at-risk students.
- Recommend new or additional learning interventions tailored to student performance.
- Offer skills-based instruction in to law students in a variety of areas.
- Is accessible to students during Law School operational hours and as needed evenings, weekends and summers.
- Juris Doctor from an ABA approved law school with track record of academic achievement
- Strong oral presentation skills and ability to remediate complex legal rules
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse student body
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and work collaboratively with existing leadership team
- Excellent written communication and legal writing skills
- Professional appearance and demeanor
- Candidate must be available to work Monday - Friday during business hours throughout the academic year and also willing to work evenings and weekends during bar study periods as needed.
- Law school teaching or tutoring experience. Trial experience may be substituted for teaching experience, on a case by case basis.
- Law license earned by exam, with MBE score ≥ 150
- Sufficiently knowledgeable in one or more MBE subject, as evidenced by academic performance, AmJur or Cali Awards
- Familiarity with Blackboard, TWEN, Banner, and other technologies
- Quantitative skills and ability to analyze or create data intensive statistical reports
SEND INQUIRIES TO:
Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness
Texas Southern University
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Texas Southern University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment or in the provision of services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
La Verne College of Law is excited to offer 2 full-time faculty positions in the Center for Academic and Bar Readiness. Please see the position description below and if you are interested in applying, please click here.
Assistant Professor Center for Academic and Bar Readiness
Job Description Summary
This is a contract faculty position. This is not a tenure or tenure-track position. This position has a series of presumptively renewable contract of varying lengths. The person employed in this position will teach academic and bar readiness courses with the possibility of teaching doctrinal courses. This is a 12-month position.
Job duties include designing and assisting with the law school’s academic and bar readiness classes, workshops, and events; assisting the Asst. Dean and the Director of the Center for Academic and Bar Readiness in designing and implementing innovative academic and bar readiness programs and evaluating existing courses and programs; teaching workshops and/or classes related to law school and bar exam preparation; counseling and working with students in individual and small group sessions. Providing intensive support for graduates during the bar review period as they prepare for the bar exam. Additional duties include developing learning outcomes, exercises and assessments designed to help students develop into self-regulated learners
Juris Doctorate. Have taken and passed a bar examination in any U.S. jurisdiction. Good oral and written communication skills, strong analytical/critical thinking skills.
Admitted to practice law in the State of California. Teaching experience, working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.
Ontario CA, College of Law
Friday, October 23, 2015
You might want to check out a short article by Dan Royles in The Chronicle for Higher Education this week: Killer Apps for the Academic Job Search. He suggests three useful ways to employ technology for your search. (Amy Jarmon)
Thursday, October 15, 2015
invites applications for the position of:
Assistant Dean, Bar Preparation & Academic Success
|STARTING SALARY:||Depends on Qualifications|
|CLOSING DATE:||11/30/15 11:59 PM|
|Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law is seeking to fill the Assistant Dean position to their CLASP (Comprehensive Legal Academic Success Program) Bar Preparation and Academic Success Program. The Assistant Dean is responsible for providing support to students from matriculation through admission to the bar examination, with the primary goal of enhancing the learning and study skills of students; primarily responsible for overseeing all academic support and bar prep functions.
1. OVERSEE CLASP (COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAM) PROGRAM:
2. INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC COUNSELING:
3. OVERSEE BAR APPLICATION INITIATIVES:
4. FACULTY COMMITTEES:
Serve on faculty committees where appropriate and assigned.
5. Assist in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of student data, performance, and outcome measures and assessments consistent with ABA standards.
7. OTHER DUTIES: Perform other related duties as assigned or as required.
|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.
|APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
11300 NE 2 Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161
ASSISTANT DEAN, BAR PREPARATION & ACADEMIC SUCCESS
|Assistant Dean, Bar Preparation & Academic Success Supplemental Questionnaire|
|*||1.||Do you have a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school?|
|*||2.||Do you have admission to a State Bar?|
|*||3.||Do you have 5-8 years of related experience?|
|*||4.||Do you have at least one year experience teaching legal writing/legal methods, or working in academic support and/or counseling law students from diverse backgrounds?|
|*||5.||Do you have at least 2 years of supervisory experience?|
|* Required Question|
Monday, October 12, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
The Northern Illinois University College of Law anticipates having an opening for one Legal Writing/Academic Success Program Instructor:
The Legal Writing and Advocacy Course is a core course in the first and second-year curriculum at Northern Illinois University College of Law. The four-credit, two-semester course is structured to help first and second-year law students acquire and refine the basic legal writing and analysis skills fundamental to the successful completion of law school and to the competent practice of law. As a secondary goal, students in Legal Writing and Advocacy are also introduced to other skills and topics important to the practice of law, including oral communication of legal issues, interviewing and counseling, professional responsibility, and motion practice.
In addition to, and in conjunction with the Legal Writing Program, Northern Illinois University College of Law assists law students in achieving their greatest potential through the Academic Success Program (ASP). There are numerous components to ASP throughout the course of the students’ academic career at NIU Law. As part of ASP, all 1L students participate in the Introduction to Legal Skills course during the second seven weeks of the fall semester. This course is taught by the Legal Writing/ASP faculty and introduces students to exam-preparation, study skills, synthesis, and analytical writing. Further, as part of ASP, select incoming 1L students are required to participate in a Jump Start Orientation program the week prior to the 1L Orientation. These students are instructed in basic analytical and rule development skills during a week of writing-intensive course work taught and implemented by the ASP Instructors. Further, select admitted students are invited to participate in the 1L ASP based on objective criteria including undergraduate GPA and law school admission test scores. Participation is a mandatory condition of admission for students who meet certain criteria determined by the faculty. Students participating in the program attend weekly mentor and study sessions conducted by upper-level student Graduate Assistants for their four doctrinal courses. 2L students with a GPA of 2.4 and below are required to participate in Upper-Level ASP, semester-long, one-hour, weekly, ungraded course taught by the ASP Instructors. The writing-intensive Upper-Level ASP focuses on exam-writing, outlining, and study skills.
The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors, together with the Co-Directors of Legal Writing and Academic Success, are responsible for the delivery of the legal writing and academic success programs at Northern Illinois University College of Law. The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors report to the Co-Directors of Legal Writing and Academic Success. This is a ten-month position within the University.
The responsibilities of a Legal Writing/ASP Instructor include:
- Teach the required Introduction to Legal Skills Course to first year law students
- Teach the required Legal Writing and Advocacy Course to first and second-year law students
- Plan and develop legal writing and legal skills problems for these courses
- Provide individual instruction to first-year students
- Grade and comment on legal writing and legal skills assignments
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of programs tailored to help ASP students reach their full potential
- Provide academic counseling to ASP students
- Assist in the hiring, training, and oversight of upper-class students who serve as Graduate Assistants for ASP students
- Assist in the planning and delivery of meetings geared toward developing general study and exam skills for the entire first-year class during the fall semester
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of the week-long academic orientation program for select incoming 1L students participating in the NIU Law Jump Start Program
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of the orientation program for the entire first-year class
- Cooperate and assist with other programs involving oral and written communication skills, including the second-year moot court competition and third-year external moot court teams
- Provide individual instruction to students selected to participate in upper-level ASP during fall semester
- Provide individual instruction to first-year students selected to participate in the exam-writing seminar during spring semester
- Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of Bar programs for upper-level students and alumni
- Assist in the continuing in-depth evaluation of both the legal writing and academic success programs and identify and implement program improvements
- Other responsibilities that may become necessary as determined by the Deans and program directors
NIU Law seeks applicants for one anticipated Legal Writing/ASP Instructor position.
Required qualifications include a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, a valid license to practice law, strong writing skills, strong academic credentials, and a minimum of two years of teaching and/or practice experience.
Preferred qualifications include the ability to work well within a coordinated program structure, background or training in counseling or educational theory, the ability to work with a diverse student population and strong organizational skills.
Applicants please send a letter of application addressed to Interim Dean Mark W. Cordes stating qualifications, transcripts, current curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for two professional references to:
Administrator, Office of the Dean
Applications will be received until the end of business day, Thursday, November 5, 2015.
In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wake Forest University School of Law (in Winston-Salem, NC) is hiring a Bar Success Coordinator and Adjunct Professor to work in the Academic Engagement Program. This is a staff/ adjunct position with responsibility for teaching the for-credit bar preparation course, providing individual counseling for repeaters, and working with faculty to develop teaching tools and methods that lead to improved bar performance. Here's the link to the position description:
GGU School of Law in SF is hiring an Assistant Director of Academic Development and Bar Services. This position is a full-time staff position and would make the fourth member on the team. They are beginning the interviewing process so interested candidates should apply right away. At GGU, academic support is fully integrated into the law school curriculum and they have a rigorous bar pass program. http://www.ggu.edu/jobs/
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Position: Director of Academic Support and Bar Success
ALBANY LAW SCHOOL seeks applicants to direct and expand its academic support and bar success programs. The Director of Academic Support and Bar Success will administer and assess the existing academic success and bar success programs and recommend additions and modifications to the programs, focusing on initiatives to increase bar passage rates. The director may have other responsibilities as assigned from time to time by the dean and the associate dean for academic affairs.
Qualified candidates will have a J.D. with strong law school credentials and admission to the practice of law, preferably in New York. The position requires knowledge of legal theory, analysis and writing, and other skills necessary to succeed in law school and on the bar examination. Preference will be given for experience in academic support and bar preparation programs, administrative and supervisory experience, law teaching experience, counseling and tutoring experience, knowledge of learning theory, understanding of disability and multicultural issues, and ability to build rapport with students having academic challenges.
This is a full-time, 12-month, long-term contract track position with the beginning rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Academic Success. The person who fills this position will be eligible for a five-year long-term contract after a probationary period of three years.
Albany Law School is the oldest, independent law school in North America with a long tradition of producing great leaders. We are located in the heart of New York State’s capital since 1851, nestled between the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. Albany is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Boston, and Montreal, and is served by excellent highway, air and rail transportation systems. The institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs -- including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic and Justice Center -- provide unique opportunities for students and faculty. With 17 neighboring colleges and universities, including a campus shared by Albany Medical College, Albany College of Pharmacy and Sage College, the school benefits from several joint degree programs as well as other associations. Students and faculty also work closely with New York’s highest court, federal courts and the state legislature, as well as a thriving tech-based economy.
Application (electronic preferred) should include cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and three references and be sent to Faculty Recruitment Committee c/o Barbara Jordan-Smith, President and Dean’s Office, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208-3494, email@example.com.
Albany Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visit Albany Law School’s Website: www.albanylaw.edu.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Jon McClanahan, Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence at UNC, has posted a job announcement on the listserv. His description follows:
The UNC School of Law seeks to hire two full-time clinical faculty members to start in summer 2016. The person hired will teach two sections—each with about 17 students—of Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy (RRWA), a core first-year, two-semester, six-credit course. Other teaching opportunities may occasionally arise too.
The person hired will join the School of Law’s Writing and Learning Resources Center (WLRC) (http://www.law.unc.edu/academics/wlrc), which also operates an Academic Excellence Program. Our experienced team—Kaci Bishop, Alexa Chew, Luke Everett, Rachel Gurvich, Jon McClanahan (Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence), Wyatt Orsbon, O.J. Salinas, Craig Smith (Assistant Dean for the WLRC), and Sara Warf—is collaborative and creative. For example, we are using an innovative textbook written by Alexa Chew and our former colleague (now turned professional writer) Katie Rose Guest Pryal: The Complete Legal Writer (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming January 2016). In addition to guiding students with clear explanations and closely related sets of examples, the book uses a genre-discovery approach that promotes student autonomy by teaching a process for learning to write unfamiliar legal documents.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Steven Foster, Director of Academic Achievement at OKC, has announced this position opening on the listserv with the following information:
OCU is a great place to work in Academic Achievement. We will have 2 full-time positions serving the students: the Director (myself) and the Coordinator. The administration considers the department essential to our law school and provides us the resources we need to succeed. Oklahoma City is also an outstanding place to live. It is a “big league city” while still providing great hospitality. Multiple organizations have named OKC one of the fastest growing cities. While we are finally making it to the big time, our cost of living is still one of the most affordable in the nation for the city’s size (ie - our $1.90 a gallon gas prices this morning). There is no better place to be! (I maybe a little biased since I am a life-long Okie).
The link to the position is: Academic Achievement Coordinator Position.