Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Academic Support Opening at UC Irvine

School of Law


Position: Academic Coordinator

The University of California, Irvine, School of Law invites applications for the position of director of academic support; this is an academic appointment. The successful candidate will oversee development of a program to assist students in the transition to law school, to promote their successful completion of the J.D. program and to prepare them to sit for the bar exam. Ideally, the successful candidate would be available to begin in January 2011.

The first new public law school in California in more than 40 years, UCI School of Law opened its doors to its first incoming class in August 2009. The Law School’s innovative curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning, interdisciplinary teaching, research and public service. With our blank canvas and faculty recruited from top-tier law schools around the country, the Law School is uniquely positioned to build an institution that is relevant to law practice and legal scholarship in the 21st century and that pushes the frontiers of the profession. For more information, visit www.law.uci.edu .

The director of academic support reports to the associate dean of academic affairs and will work closely with the associate dean of lawyering skills. The director will develop, implement and manage programs to promote the academic success of students at the law school. The director will work with students individually to improve their writing, study, time management and test-taking skills. The director will also conduct periodic workshops on topics including class preparation, study habits, case briefing, outlining, exam-taking and legal writing. In the area of legal writing, the director will coordinate with the yearlong Lawyering Skills classes for first-year students.

The director will develop resources for and counsel law students who may have difficulty in their classes and/or for whom English is a second language. The director will also serve as an academic adviser to students, helping them to understand the law school’s academic policies, to choose upper-level courses, and to manage the challenging task of balancing personal, academic and professional development. While the Law School has 140 students now, that number is expected to rise to 600.

The law school is a new institution, with approximately 80 students in its first-year class and 60 in its second-year class. As a result, the director will have a rare opportunity to take the lead in design, development, implementation and management of an academic support program that is expected to expand as the student population grows. It is therefore anticipated and desired that the new director will examine, modify and add to existing programs. The successful candidate will be expected to exercise independence and judgment, drawing on past experience and careful analysis of the Law School’s particular needs, in the creation of new programming.

Within the Law School, the director of academic support will work directly with:

members of the faculty teaching the yearlong Lawyering Skills class for first-year students;

the assistant dean of student services;

other members of the faculty teaching doctrinal law classes as needed to develop academic programming for students and/or to modify existing academic offerings to make them more accessible for students who may have difficulty with traditional presentation formats; and

campus resources devoted to issues related to academic support, as needed, including but not limited to the University’s Disability Services Center and the University’s Counseling Center.

The director of academic support will represent the interests of students participating in academic support programs to other members of the faculty and administration of the law school. The director also will represent the Law School at and participates in outside conferences and other events organized for and/or by academic support professionals at other institutions.

The successful candidate must have:

J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school and a record of academic and extracurricular success in law school (and additional degrees in either law or education are a plus);

At least three years of experience in law practice and/or law teaching with a focus on legal writing and analysis, preferably with experience in law school academic support;

Superior written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, ideally including experience preparing and making presentations to law school students;

The ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve law students’ academic development, and to design, implement and manage innovative programs to promote that development;

The ability to develop techniques to evaluate and measure the efficacy of academic support programs as they are developed, in order to determine those initiatives that are successful and so should be continued and expanded, as well as those initiatives that are unsuccessful and so should be discontinued;

The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse and growing population of students, faculty and administrators;

The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines; and

The ability and initiative to forge partnerships with faculty, staff, and students within and potentially outside the law school, as well as with the Orange County legal community.


Significant teaching and counseling experience at the law school or undergraduate level.

Application Procedure -

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three references to:

Director of Personnel
Reference: Director of Academic Support Position
University of California, Irvine School of Law
401 E. Peltason, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92697-8000

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.


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