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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Assistant Director/Director of Academic Support Position at Thurgood Marshall

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Juris Doctor from an ABA approved law school with track record of academic achievement
  2. Strong oral presentation skills and ability to remediate complex legal rules
  3. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse student body
  4. Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and work collaboratively with existing leadership team
  5. Excellent written communication and legal writing skills
  6. Professional appearance and demeanor
  7. 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Law school teaching or tutoring experience. Trial experience may be substituted for teaching experience, on a case by case basis.
  2. Law license earned by exam, with MBE score ≥ 150
  3. Sufficiently knowledgeable in one or more MBE subject, as evidenced by academic performance, AmJur or Cali Awards
  4. Familiarity with Blackboard, TWEN, Banner, and other technologies
  5. Quantitative skills and ability to analyze or create data intensive statistical reports

SEND INQUIRIES TO:

Marsha Griggs                                                                                                     

Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness                        

Texas Southern University                                                               

Thurgood Marshall School of Law                                                 

3100 Cleburne Street                                                                                         

Houston, Texas 77004

magriggs@tmslaw.tsu.edu                                                                            

 

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. 

October 25, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Two Faculty Positions at La Verne

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.

Position Information

Functional Title

Assistant Professor Center for Academic and Bar Readiness

Position Details

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.

Specific Duties

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

Minimum Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications

Admitted to practice law in the State of California. Teaching experience, working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.

Benefits Summary

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.

Location

Ontario CA, College of Law

Posting Details

Posting Number

20150058FA

 

October 24, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 23, 2015

For ASP'ers Job Hunting

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)

October 23, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Assistant Dean, Bar Prep & Academic Success Position at Barry

BARRY UNIVERSITY
invites applications for the position of:

Assistant Dean, Bar Preparation & Academic Success

 

STARTING SALARY: Depends on Qualifications
OPENING DATE: 08/12/15
CLOSING DATE: 11/30/15 11:59 PM
POSITION DESCRIPTION:
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.  
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
1.   OVERSEE CLASP (COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAM) PROGRAM:
  • Maintain primary responsibility for collecting and analyzing academic support and bar preparation data.
  • Maintain responsibility for training CLASP Counselors on providing data for analyzing academic support and bar preparation data.
  • Maintain primary responsibility for training and support of CLASP counselors.
 
2.   INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC COUNSELING:  
  • Provide intensive individual academic counseling to assigned students and advise them on various academic issues.  For those students on probation, advise students on the petitioning process to obtain an additional semester of discretionary probation.
  • Provide individual academic counseling to all students considered at-risk and/or those seeking to improve their academic performance.
  • Advise and approve course selections for students below an established GPA with the goal of providing a balanced legal education that aims to improve students’ success in law school and on the bar exam.
  • Counsel with the student’s assigned faculty mentor to provide the best advice to students.
  • Assess individual students’ learning styles and assist students in identifying the most effective study plans and strategies.  Review and provide individual feedback on students’ practice exams, outlines, and overall study and exam-taking skills.  Upon request by students or faculty, conduct individual exam reviews with students. 
  • Continually evaluate student performance, identifying which students appear to be struggling or at-risk; initiate and maintain contact with those who are at-risk or on probation.
  • Monitor progress and compliance with requirements of assigned students to include bar application, AMP and BEAT workshops, MPRE requirements, and other CLASP requirements through the creation and maintenance of student portfolios; notify students of due dates; file Student Conduct Code violations where appropriate.
  • Counsel and advise students regarding bar applications and admission, including all issues pertaining to the bar application.
  • Assist students in reviewing answers to practice bar exams and provide advice regarding exam strategy.
  • Attend and support students at each Florida Bar exam administration.
 
3.    OVERSEE BAR APPLICATION INITIATIVES:
  • Plan and organize workshops designed to assist students with the bar applications.
  • Coordinate with CLASP counselors to monitor student progress on bar application completion.
 
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.  
 
6.  SCHOLARSHIP:
  • Remain educated on bar preparation and ASP pedagogy, trends, and developments.
  • Attend professional conferences aimed to improve students’ success.
 
7.   OTHER DUTIES:  Perform other related duties as assigned or as required.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • JD from an ABA accredited law school required
  • Admission to a state bar, and strong academic records
  • 5-8 years of related work experience
  • Legal work experience in private practice, non-profit organizations, government, corporate, or judicial clerkship preferred
  • At least one year experience teaching legal writing/legal methods, or working in academic support and/or counseling law students from diverse backgrounds. 
  • At least two years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong skills in legal analysis and legal writing.
  • Ability to create, design, and manage programs aimed at at-risk students and students on academic probation.
  • Position requires multi-tasking, detail oriented skills
  • Excellent writing, analytical, speaking, organizational, and interpersonal skills required to work with diverse student body.
  • Experience in program management desirable.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
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:
http://www.barry.edu/jobs

11300 NE 2 Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161
(305)899-3678

jobs@barry.edu

Position #00499
ASSISTANT DEAN, BAR PREPARATION & ACADEMIC SUCCESS
EN

 

Assistant Dean, Bar Preparation & Academic Success Supplemental Questionnaire
 
* 1. Do you have a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school?
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 2. Do you have admission to a State Bar?
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 3. Do you have 5-8 years of related experience?
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 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?
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 5. Do you have at least 2 years of supervisory experience?
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* Required Question

October 15, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Associate Director Position at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Deadline is October 19th. The position description, requirements, primary duties, and responsibilities can be found at: IU Associate Director Position.

 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Legal Writing/Academic Success Program Instructor Position at NIU

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. 

MATERIALS

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:

Tita Kaus

Administrator, Office of the Dean

tkaus@niu.edu

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.

 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bar Success Coordinator and Adjunct Professor Position at Wake Forest

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: 

https://wake-hr.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=2085&version=1#.VhVEj2KD4gI.gmail

 

 

October 8, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Assistant Director of Academic Development and Bar Services Position at GGU

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/

October 8, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Director of Academic Support and Bar Success Position at Albany

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, bjord@albanylaw.edu.

Albany Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visit Albany Law School’s Website: www.albanylaw.edu

 

 

September 26, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Faculty Positions at UNC School of Law

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.

Faculty Position Description

 

September 12, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Academic Achievement Coordinator Position at Oklahoma City

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.

September 8, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor Position at LaVerne

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Academic & Bar Readiness

This position is currently being filled as a one-year visiting position. The position will be reposted and filled permanently next year, for 2016-2017. The anticipated start date is no later than August 17t, 2015.

The University of La Verne College of Law is ideally situated in the Inland Empire city of Ontario, CA, ten miles east of the main university campus. Ontario is within an hour’s drive of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains, and the desert near Palm Springs. The College of Law is seeking a highly organized, energetic, dynamic person who is passionate about student success, culturally intelligent, and is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the growth and change at the COL. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for the Center for Academic and Bar Readiness, the person in this position will assist students in developing the skills necessary for success in law school and on the bar exam.

Specific Duties

Job duties include designing and assisting with the law school’s academic and bar support 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 support 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. Additional duties include developing learning outcomes, exercises and assessments designed to help students develop into self-regulated learners.

Minimum Qualification

  • 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.

Preferred

  • Teaching experience,
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
  • Licensure in California

If you are interested in working with a great team, please apply today! Click here.

 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Associate Director of Bar Preparation

Job Description 

 

JOB TITLE:                          Associate Director of Bar Preparation

DEPARTMENT:                  Academic Success & Bar Preparation

REPORTS 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.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • 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.

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:

  • 40 or more hours per week, Monday through Friday, as well as on weekends and in evenings, as needed.

 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Director of Bar Preparation

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Director of Bar Preparation
 
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law seeks applicants to direct and expand its bar preparation program.  The Director of Bar Preparation will administer and assess the existing bar preparation program and make additions and modifications to the program, focusing on initiatives to increase bar passage rates.
 
Among other things, the Director will be responsible for the following:
 
·      Administering all aspects of bar examination preparation services for the law school’s students and graduates, including teaching in and/or administering the law school’s bar preparation courses;
·      Compiling and analyzing bar examination data relating to graduates’ performance;
·      Monitoring the law school’s contractual arrangements with and services provided by an outside bar preparation vendor;
·      Providing individualized tutoring, mentoring, and counseling of students and graduates to ensure their success on a bar examination;
·      Identifying “at-risk” students, and encouraging their full participation in the law school’s bar preparation program;
·      Monitoring bar-takers’ compliance with bar preparation attendance and participation requirements;
·      Developing and maintaining an expertise in all aspects of the Michigan bar examination;
·      Regularly assessing the quality and effectiveness of the law school’s bar preparation program;
·      Regularly interacting with the faculty to facilitate improvement in student performance in law school and on a bar examination; and
·      Performing other tasks as assigned from time to time by the Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Assistant Dean of Academic Success and Bar Preparation.
 
Minimum Qualifications:
 
Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to the practice of law, preferably by taking and passing the Michigan bar examination.  Strong interpersonal skills with ability to relate to diverse communities. Strong written and oral communication skills.  Detail-oriented with excellent organization and time management skills.  Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team and in a professional manner. Demonstrated experience in program planning, implementation, and assessment. Experience working in legal education in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, or academic advising, or similar administrative, teaching, or practice experience.  High degree of integrity, ethics, and a dedication to the mission of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
 
This position will remain open until filled.  To view the listing for this position and to apply, visit
 
Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private university, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's urban mission, commitment to diversity, and tradition of scholarly excellence. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a culturally diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all races and backgrounds.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Academic Success and Bar Prep Position at Appalachian School of Law

 

The Appalachian School of Law (ASL) is looking for a full-time, tenure-earning faculty member interested in teaching in its Academic Success and Bar Preparation programs starting August 2015. ASL is committed to student achievement, and this position will be primarily responsible for developing, leading, coordinating, and implementing programs that support ASL’s goals of assisting law students as they develop and improve legal study and test-taking skills, adjust to the challenges of law school, pass the bar exam, and prepare to enter law practice.

Minimum requirements include a J.D. degree and admission to the practice of law. Ideal candidates will have experience working in a higher-education setting in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, academic counseling or similar administrative, teaching, or practice experience. The successful candidate also must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents within the diverse law school community, including students served by the Academic Success Program, faculty, and administrators.

ASL is located in the scenic-mountainous region of southwest Virginia. All aspects of ASL’s academic program—from the structured curriculum and the required summer externship to the weekly community service commitment—are designed to respond to the unique needs and opportunities of a law school in this region.

Women, people of color, and others with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send a cover letter and a resume to Priscilla Harris, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee. For email, send to pharris@asl.edu, including in the subject line, “ASP Position.” For mail, send to Priscilla Harris, Appalachian School of Law, 1169 Edgewater Drive, Grundy, VA 24614.   We will start reviewing applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

May 24, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Assistant Director Position at Santa Clara Deadline 5/22

POSITION INFORMATION

Position Title:  Assistant Director, Office of Academic & Bar Success

Department, Program, Center:  Law School

Requisition Number:  FAC000284

College or School:  School of Law

POSITION SUMMARY INFORMATION
Purpose:

The faculty in the Office of Academic & Bar Success work in and out of the classroom to improve the academic success of Santa Clara Law’s students from Orientation through Bar passage. Our faculty works in coordination with doctrinal and skills faculty to design, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and improve the academic skills curriculum. Our faculty members teach courses, provide direct student counseling, and coordinate student programming on a year-round basis.  The Assistant Director will primarily work with first-year and continuing students on their academic success needs.

This position is a 75% full-time, eleven-month appointment.  The position is a non-tenure track, one-year lecturer position with benefits, subject to renewal contingent on programmatic need.

Salary:  Depending on qualifications; benefits eligible.

Basic Qualifications:
- J.D. degree and California Bar membership.
- Experience counseling students in a higher education setting.

- Comfort and familiarity in working with students from diverse backgrounds.

- Ability to think imaginatively, critically, and collaboratively about how to improve and measure student academic development.
- Understanding of, and ability to work for, the mission and goals of Santa Clara University School of Law.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Prior teaching or tutoring experience is desirable, particularly in a law school setting.
- Experience in program management and assessment is desirable.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- participating in the design, direction, and evaluation of the 1L Academic Success Program (ASP).

- serving as co-supervisor of ASP student fellows and coordinators.

- leading co-curricular presentations on academic success topics during Orientation and throughout the first year.

- coordinating 1L academic success counseling.

- administering the 1L supplemental practice exam series.

In addition, the Assistant Director may teach credit-bearing skills courses, support students subject the Directed Study policy (our upper-division academic support intervention), and assist with Bar preparation programming.

The Law School supports professional development through conferences and training; scholarship is welcome but not required.


Start Date:  08/01/2015

POSTING DETAIL INFORMATION
Open Date:  05/12/2015

Close Date:  05/22/2015

Additional Information:  Please include in your application: 1) Cover letter, 2) CV, 3) At least two letters of reference.

Reference letters will be automatically solicited via the system upon submitting your application.

Any questions may be addressed to Devin Kinyon, Assistant Director of the Office of Academic & Bar Success, at dkinyon@scu.edu.

To learn more about the School of Law, please visit http://law.scu.edu/.

About Santa Clara University:  Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education.  The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

EEO Statement:  Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law.  The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at http://www.scu.edu/cs/.  To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441.  The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

 

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Coordinator of Bar Preparation Position at Barry

Position Description

Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando is seeking to fill the Coordinator of Bar Preparation position. The Coordinator, Bar Preparation will counsel students one-on-one to help increase the knowledge and provide further support to law students preparing for the bar exam or the MPRE exam. Assists Bar Preparations and Academic Success programs as needed.

Essential Duties

  • Provide one-on-one student counseling of students studying for the bar exam, preparing for the MPRE, during course registration period, preparing bar applications. and other student counseling as directed by the Assistant Dean or Directors.
  • Provide instruction and feedback on essay writing for Academic Success and Bar Preparation; grade essays; teach 1 bar preparation course per year
  • Support and assist Academic Success and Bar Preparation Department workshops, events and activities.
  • Master scheduling of the Department’s overall Bar Preparation and Academic Success schedules, including workshops and other events within each area.

Qualifications

  • JD required
  • Must be member of the Florida Bar
  • 1-3 years experience working in the legal profession; teaching and counseling experience a plus
  • Advanced ability to analyze legal writing and provide productive feedback
  • Ability to set up and manage semi-complex scheduling
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Advanced writing and one on one oral communication skills with students at varying levels of understanding of legal writing and exam taking
  • Demonstrated advanced legal writing skills - Please provide writing sample
  • Demonstrated high scores on all portions of the Florida Bar Exam

Supplemental Information

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.

 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Two ASP Positions at Mississippi College School of Law

Mississippi College School of Law (MC Law) invites applications for the position of Director of Academic Support. This position involves supervision of the law school’s academic support program for students in all years of the law school program and supervision of the law school’s bar preparation program for third-year students. The Director will also teach first-year students in the Legal Writing Program. The Director’s contract is initially a one-year probationary contract, subject to renewal for a second probationary year. The contract may then be awarded for a five-year term. At the end of the first five-year term, the Director is eligible for a presumptively renewable five-year contract. The law school support for the Director would include grants for scholarship, teaching assistants, and conference travel. Prior experience in academic support is preferred, but not required. The law school campus is in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital and a center for law, business, and culture in the mid-South. We particularly welcome applications from residents of other regions of the country, women, and minorities. To learn more about the law school and its environment, visit our website at www.law.mc.edu or contact Professor Jim Rosenblatt, Faculty Appointments Committee, Mississippi College School of Law by email at rosenbla@mc.edu or telephone at 601-925-7147. Those wishing to apply for the position should send Professor Rosenblatt an email (rosenbla@mc.edu) with the following attachments: a cover letter describing your interest in the position and what you would bring to the position, a Mississippi College Faculty Application, a short writing sample (3-5 pages), and resume.  Transcripts are not required at this time.  If one wants to be considered also for the Assistant Director of Academic Support position, indicate that in the cover letter.  Priority consideration will be afforded applications received by May 14, 2015.  Additional information and a job description are available on the Employment section of the Mississippi College web site at Director of Academic Support, School of Law.

 

Mississippi College School of Law (MC Law) invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Support. This position involves assisting the Director with the supervision of the law school’s academic support program for students in all years of the law school program and of the law school’s bar preparation program for third-year students. The Assistant Director will also teach first-year students in the Legal Writing Program. The Assistant Director’s contract is initially a one-year probationary contract, subject to renewal for a second probationary year. The contract may then be awarded for a five-year term. At the end of the first five-year term, the Assistant Director is eligible for a presumptively renewable five-year contract. The law school support for the Assistant Director would include grants for scholarship, teaching assistants, and conference travel. Prior experience in academic support is preferred, but not required. The law school campus is in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital and a center for law, business, and culture in the mid-South. We particularly welcome applications from residents of other regions of the country, women, and minorities. To learn more about the law school and its environment, visit our website at www.law.mc.edu or contact Professor Jim Rosenblatt, Faculty Appointments Committee, Mississippi College School of Law by email at rosenbla@mc.edu or telephone at 601-925-7147. Those wishing to apply for the position should send Professor Rosenblatt an email (rosenbla@mc.edu) with the following attachments:  a cover letter describing your interest in the position and what you would bring to the position, a Mississippi College Faculty Application, a short writing sample (3-5 pages), and resume.  Transcripts are not required at this time.  Priority consideration will be afforded applications received by May 14, 2015.  Additional information and a job description are available on the Employment section of the Mississippi College web site at Assistant Director of Academic Support, School of Law.

 

 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Albany Law School seeks Director of Academic Support and Bar Success

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 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 (3) 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.
 
Albany Law School offers competitive pay and an excellent benefits package.  Interested candidates should submit resume and letter of interest using the contact information below.  Deadline for receipt of applications is April 24, 2015.
 
Albany Law School
Attn:  Sherri Donnelly, Director of Human Resources
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208-3494
Fax: (518) 445-3262
E-mail: hr@albanylaw.edu

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Academic Support Position: Ave Maria Assistant Professor of Advanced Critical Thinking

THE AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW IN NAPLES FLORIDA invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Advanced Critical Thinking. The person in this position will teach academic success related courses and provide intensive academic counseling to students. This position requires the ability to identify students’ academic strengths and opportunities and to devise effective instructional approaches and counseling strategies to help students optimize their academic performance. The person in this position will have exceptional teaching and counseling skills, the ability to work effectively as part of a team, sound judgment, the ability to deal with sensitive situations using discretion, and the ability to foster close relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach the Applied Critical Thinking and Legal Analysis class, a three-credit course designed to optimize students’ academic performance.
  • Provide academic counseling to students and participate in efforts to support all students’ law school success.
  • Create and deliver academic success presentations and workshops to groups of students. 
  • Prepare, administer, and provide in-depth feedback on practice exams and actual exams.
  • Track students’ performance and maintain records and statistics concerning students’ progress.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

4. Qualifications:

Qualified applicants will possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, bar certification, relevant experience, and a strong dedication to student success. Previous experience teaching, tutoring, or providing academic counseling is a plus. Florida bar membership, practice experience, and a strong interest in the learning sciences are also helpful. Some evening and weekend work required

5. Contact:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of at least three professional references to HR@avemarialaw.edu.

Ave Maria School of Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, and strongly encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds willing to support the institutional mission.

March 25, 2015 in Job Descriptions, Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)