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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, April 15, 2016

University of Miami School of Law Lecturer in Academic Achievement Position

The University of Miami School of Law is seeking a new professor to join our academic support and bar preparation program.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to help expand and improve our program. The ideal candidate will have experience with both bar preparation and academic support. This is a lecturer-in-law faculty position (non-tenure), with competitive salary, and great benefits.

View the complete job description here: http://um.hodesiq.com/job_detail.asp?JobID=5250527&user_id=&ViewAll

Position number #00000215. Please DO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE UM CAREER SITE. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV and references to:

Detra Davis Fleming

University of Miami School of Law

P.O. Box 248087

Coral Gables, FL 33124-8087

ddavis@law.miami.edu

Please consider joining us in beautiful Miami! Feel free to call or email me with questions!

Best regards,

Alex Schimel and Joanne Harvest Koren

April 15, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Assistant Director of ASP at Akron Position

Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs

The University of Akron School of Law seeks to fill a full-time Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs position. The position is a salary position, paid on a monthly basis.  Akron Law is excited to expand its Academic Success Programs to support its traditionally strong performance on the bar examination, increasing student enrollment (first year enrollment increased close to 30% this year), and new international programs.  We are currently enjoying growing national recognition for particularly with respect to our bar examination preparation (top 25 ranking by National Jurist), training of prosecutors and public defenders (No. 7 ranking by National Jurist), intellectual property program (“A” grade by preLaw Magazine), and overall ranking (top 50 ranking from Above the Law).    

The person in this position will be responsible for providing support to law students by teaching, providing formative feedback, conducting workshops and supplying assistance with basic writing and analytical skills as needed.  This person will develop, schedule and administer academic success (including bar support) programming and courses, and teach, or assist in teaching, ASP courses (including Legal Reasoning and Advanced Legal Applications). 

Other responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in recruiting, managing, developing, and training ASP Fellows, including helping them design effective skills-based tutoring sessions.
  • Assisting in developing, scheduling and administering academic success programming and courses, including pre-matriculation and post-matriculation efforts.
  • Maintaining and developing ASP resource holdings.
  • Administering bar preparation support efforts, including participating in bar support efforts in Columbus twice a year.
  • Assisting in entering attendance data in advising database.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Requires a Juris Doctorate Degree, Law License, and a minimum of two years of experience in bar preparation teaching, bar preparation grading, academic teaching, legal skills teaching or legal practice.   Ability to teach required.  Computer skills (including spreadsheet, word processing and database capabilities) required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated record of effective self-starting and follow-through, demonstrated success in assisting student learning, ability to identify methods to enhance learning for multiple learning styles, ability to build rapport with all students( including at-risk students), and demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of constituencies preferred.  Ability to create, implement and evaluate academic support preferred.

For complete details and to apply please visit: http://www.uakron.edu/jobs. Job ID# 9473.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately.

April 4, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Assistant Director of Academic Success & Student Affairs at Mercer

Good morning,

Mercer Law School has an opening for an Assistant Director of Academic Success & Student Affairs. For a full job description and the desired qualifications, a link to post is here: https://www.mercerjobs.com/postings/1052. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Mary Donovan, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at donovan_m@law.mercer.edu.

Margaret (Peg) McCann
Director of Academic Success
Mercer Law School
Macon, Georgia 31207
478-301-5017

March 25, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Academic Excellence Program Coordinator Position at UNC

Colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce that the University of North Carolina School of Law is expanding its Academic Excellence Program by hiring an Academic Excellence Program Coordinator. The position will work with the Assistant Dean of Academic Excellence and other faculty to administer the school's Academic Excellence Program, which includes the LEAP Preorientation Program, Bar Success Program, and other school-year academic success initiatives. She will develop programs and deliver presentations on academic support-related topics; provide individual and small-group academic counseling; collect, track, and analyze data to better understand the impact of academic success initiatives on law school and bar exam performance; and collaborate with Student Services, Admissions, Career Development, and faculty to ensure that academic excellence services are integrated throughout the law school. The position is a full-time staff position and the first of its kind at the UNC School of Law.

The UNC School of Law has a robust Academic Excellence Program begun by Ruth Ann McKinney, a national leader and pioneer in law school academic support. The program is currently led by the Assistant Dean of Academic Excellence, Jon McClanahan, as well as two other outstanding full-time faculty, Kaci Bishop and O.J. Salinas.

To read more about the position and submit an application, please click on this link: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/94075.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Regards,
Jon McClanahan

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Jon P. McClanahan
Associate Dean for Administration,
Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence, &
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
Appointment Calendar
Cell: (919) 428-3869

March 24, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coordinator of Academic Support Position at Ohio Northern

Coordinator of Academic Support

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number:  
Posting Type: External - Open to All Applicants
Job Title: Coordinator of Academic Support
Position Title: Administrator
Position Type: Administrative Staff
Classification:  
Department: College of Law
Benefits Summary:

Benefit package includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription insurance, Life insurance, Workers’ Compensation insurance, Unemployment insurance, and Total Disability insurance. Retirement: The University contributes 4% of the regular salary with up to 3% additional in matched contributions into the TIAA-CREF Retirement Program. Other benefits include tuition remission for employee, spouse, and employee’s dependent children under the age of 25 (this does not include the last two year of the PharmD program or the JD), and twenty days of paid medical leave per year.

Pay Band:  
Job Summary:

Candidates must hold at least a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school with a minimum of more than one year’s prior experience in academic support. The Coordinator will report to the Director of Academic Support to provide an integrated program of academic support and bar support services.

Scope:

The Ohio Northern University College of Law is seeking to appoint a Coordinator of Academic Support to begin on or after May 15, 2016.

Principal Responsibilities:

To coordinate the Academic Support Program (ASP) at Ohio Northern University College of Law; work with the Director of Academic Support to provide an integrated program of academic support and bar support services; manage the January term Legal Problem Solving and Analysis course and teach one section of the course; 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 academic support 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.

Required Skills:

- Strong writing, analytical, and organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate with groups of students

Minimum Qualifications:

- A JD from an ABA accredited law school with strong grades
- Admission to a state bar
- More than one year prior experience working in academic support in an ABA accredited law school, which included individual counseling of students

Preferred Qualifications:

- Familiarity with outcomes based assessment
- Ability to think critically and innovatively about measuring student academic progress
- Prior administrative experience

College Description:

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 is an AALS member.

Appointment Length: 12-months
Closing Date: 04/15/2016
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates should submit an introductory letter, resume, transcripts, and names of three references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers to: Assoc. Dean Bryan H. Ward, Ohio Northern University College of Law, 525 S. Main Street, Ada, Ohio 45810.

Status: Full-Time

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you currently hold a J.D?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of similar work experience do you have?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7-9
    • 9+

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Copy of Transcript 1
  4. Copy of Transcript 2
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

March 22, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Assistant Director of the Academic Achievement and Bar Preparation Program Position at University of Maryland

Job Description
Assistant Director of the Academic Achievement and Bar Preparation Program - School of Law - (1600005Y)
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law seeks an enthusiastic and talented individual for an Assistant Director of the Academic Achievement and Bar Preparation Programs (payroll title Research Assistant). The Academic Achievement Program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary for law school success and bar passage. The Assistant Director position is a 12-month, full-time, non-faculty, non-tenure track position.

The Assistant Director of the Academic Achievement and Bar Preparation Programs will work with the Director of the Academic Achievement Program in providing academic support to law students in all three (or four) years of law school. The Assistant Director of the Academic Achievement and Bar Preparation Programs is an administrative appointment at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Law.

Essential Functions:
• Teaching in the Bar Preparation Program, including teaching or co-teaching the Bar Preparation Course, a course designed to teach bar writing skills, multiple choice test-taking skills, and limited substantive law;
• Providing bar preparation support, including during the summer, to recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates of the law school;
• Counseling recent graduates who were unsuccessful in passing the bar exam;
• Designing and conducting programs and workshops for current students to educate them about issues related to the bar exam;
• Teaching academic skills to LL.M. students;
• Assisting in the administration of the Academic Achievement Program, including:
• Conducting workshops for first-year and LL.M. students;
• Meeting one-on-one with students;
• Coordinating with faculty
• Working with upper level teaching fellows;
• Assisting with website and social media delivery of academic support information; and
• Assisting faculty and administration in developing outcomes and assessment tools;
• Performing other duties, as requested by the Director of the Academic Achievement Program.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit (a) cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) the names and telephone numbers of three references to LAW-HR@law.umaryland.edu, with “Academic Achievement” in the subject line. Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to:

Mary Alice Hohing
Director of Administration and Operations
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016

START DATE: May 2, 2016



Qualifications

• J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school.
• Bar Passage required.
• Experience in bar preparation and academic support at the law school level is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent oral/written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to bar passage and academic support.
• Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and administrators.
• Strong organizational skills.

March 21, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Director of Critical Skills and Academic Support Postion at Nova Southeastern

Nova Southeastern University
Position Description

Employee Details

Employee First Name:
Employee Last Name:

Position Information

Position Title Director, Critical Skills and Academic Support Program
Position Number 992657
Job Category: Exempt
Job Group: 106-Academic-Related Dir/Mgr
Center/Department Shepard Broad College of Law
Job Grade/Level: 91
Type of Shift: Non-Faculty Full time
Benefits Eligible: Reg FT w/Benefits
Pay Basis: Annually
Reports to: (TITLE) Dean, Shepard Broad College of Law
Reports to: (POSITION NUMBER) 992879

Primary Purpose:

The Director of Critical Skills and Academic Support administers and assesses the existing critical skills, academic support, and bar preparation programs, and executes strategies designed to strengthen academic success, focusing on initiatives to increase bar passage rates.
Essential Job Functions:

1. Administers all aspects of critical skills instruction, individual academic support services, and bar examination preparation for students and graduates, including teaching in and/or administering the relevant courses.

2. Develops programs, workshops and events that provide academic assistance for all students to improve foundational skills including logic, critical reading comprehension, essay writing, legal issue identification, and legal analysis skills.

3. Plans and organizes workshops designed to assist students as they develop and improve legal study and test-taking skills, bar application and admission process, and preparation to enter law practice.

4. Designs and implements assessment tools to identify "at-risk" students at each phase of their program participation to provide relevant remediation for each student to help improve retention and bar passage.

5. Designs and implements innovative academic and bar readiness programs.

6. Develops learning outcomes, exercises, and assessment tools designed to help students develop into self-regulated learners consistent with College of Law strategic goals, ABA accreditation, and SACS accreditation requirements.

7. Counsels and works with students in individual and small group sessions, and providing intensive support for graduates during the bar review period as they prepare for the bar exam.

8. Collaborates with commercial bar review programs, works with the alumni department on the alumni mentoring program, tracks at-risk students, develops assessment tools, and prepares bar exam statistics and reports.

9. Implements a program to track and report bar passage information and programming assessments with outcomes focused on improving existing programs.

10. Represents the College of Law at and participates in outside conferences and other events organized for and/or by bar preparation or academic support professionals.

11. Performs other duties as directed by the Dean.

Marginal Job Functions:

1. This position demands some work on evenings and weekends.

2. Ensures compliance with University policies and procedures, county, state, federal regulations and accreditation requirements.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Superior writing, analytical, interpersonal, organizational, managerial, and communication skills required to work with a diverse student body.

2. Knowledge of legal theory and analysis necessary to succeed in law school and on the bar examination.

3. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a responsible manner.

4. Demonstrated ability to lead a team and manage programs effectively and efficiently.

5. Flexible and team-orientated.

Required Education: Juris Doctorate

Required Experience:

  1. Minimum of three years education and law teaching experience, academic counseling, tutoring or experience in an academic success and bar preparation programs.

2. Demonstrated administrative and supervisory experience, and engaging presentation skills.

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

4. Understanding of disability and multicultural issues, and ability to build rapport with students having academic challenges.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Familiarity with outcomes based assessments.

2. Ability to think critically and innovatively about measuring student academic progress.

Is this a safety sensitive position (are applicants potentially subject to drug testing)?
Safety Sensitive Policy.
No

Does this position require a criminal background screening?

No

BUDGET INFORMATION
Budget Year: FY17

Job Description Disclaimer These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Commitment Principles:
ADA Addendum Nova Southeastern University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary.

 

 

 

February 25, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

 

January 13, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Assistant Director Position at St. Thomas


POSITION TITLE: Assistant Director of Academic Support

REPORTS TO: Director, Academic Support

DEPARTMENT: Academic Support/Law School

CLASSIFICATION: Professional Staff

DATE: 12/18/15

POSITION SUMMARY:

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.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

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.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

Supervises the work of Student Instructors and acts as an alternate supervisor to approve hours of student instructors.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIFICATIONS:

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.

 

January 9, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 8, 2016

Positions at Whittier Law

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 atsberman@law.whittier.edu.

January 8, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Director of Academic Success Position at Drake University Law


Director, Academic Success; Law School - 998251

Link: Drake Law Director Position

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.

January 7, 2016 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Associate Director of Bar Preparation Position at Thomas Jefferson School of Law

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.

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.

 

December 18, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dirctor of Academic Success Program/Faculty Position at Concordia

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
• Rigor
• Lutheran

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.


Staff relationships:
Reports to: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Supervises: None
Hired/appointed by: The Dean of the School of Law

Exempt/non-exempt? Exempt
Salary Level:

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
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.


SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS:

 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, lawfacultyapplication@cu-portland.edu.

 

December 3, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Counselor and Director of Multiple Choice Initiatives Position at Barry

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!

Qualifications:
• 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

Supplemental Information:

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.

November 21, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Two Positions at Whittier

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 sberman@law.whittier.edu.

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Sara J. Berman, 

Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Support

Whittier Law School

3333 Harbor Boulevard

Costs Mesa, CA 92626

Sberman@law.whittier.edu

 

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Associate Director of Academic Support Position at Ohio Northern

Associate Director of Academic Support

Ohio Northern University College of Law

Scope

Associate Director of Academic Support.  Rank dependent upon qualifications.  12 month appointment with eligibility for continuing appointment 

Primary Responsibilities

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.

Required Skills

  • Strong writing, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate with groups of students

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with outcomes based assessment
  • Ability to think critically and innovatively about measuring student academic progress

Compensation

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.

College Information

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

To Apply

            All applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.onu.edu/postings/3241. EOE

 

October 29, 2015 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

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)