Monday, March 25, 2013

Asst. Director of ASP at UC-Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, School of Law invites applications
for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Skills.  The
successful candidate will develop, enhance, and implement 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 will be available
to begin on May 1, 2013.

The Assistant Director’s primary
responsibility will be to work individually and in small groups with
students to improve their legal analysis, exam-taking, and time
management skills. The Assistant Director is also expected to
effectively promote the Academic Skills Program.

In collaboration with the Director of Academic Skills and faculty members, the Assistant Director will be responsible for:
  • Creating
    and delivering a comprehensive workshop program for first-year students
    on topics including class preparation, study habits, case briefing,
    outlining, and exam-taking.
  • Working closely with first-year
    faculty members to design and administer exercises in doctrinal
    subjects, and to provide individual and small group feedback on those
  • Helping students excel in their doctrinal courses
    and on the bar exam by providing individual academic counseling,
    feedback on practice exams, and workshop programs.
  • Assisting in developing the curriculum for a legal analysis course and bar preparation program.
School of Law’s inaugural class graduated in the spring of 2011.  The
School projects total enrollment of approximately 341 students across
all three classes in 2013-14.  At full size, the School anticipates an
annual enrollment of approximately 600 students.  With the School still
in its growth stage, the Assistant Director will have a rare opportunity
to contribute to the design and implementation of the Academic Skills
Program.  It is therefore expected that the new Assistant Director will
participate in developing and refining existing programs with the same
spirit of innovation that characterizes the school.  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.

The Assistant Director of Academic Skills
reports to the Director of Academic Skills and works closely with the
Assistant Dean of Student Services and the Senior Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs.  The position is a full-time, twelve-month academic
appointment with the standard vacation and benefits package accorded
employees of the University of California. This is not a faculty
appointment, and residence during the summer is expected.  Salary will
be commensurate with experience.

Requirements Candidates for the position must have:
  • A J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school and a record of academic and extracurricular success in law school;
  • Admission to a state bar, preferably California;
  • At
    least one year of experience in law practice and/or law teaching with a
    focus on legal writing and analysis, preferably with experience in law
    school academic skills;
  • Familiarity with the subjects tested on and format of the California Bar Exam;
  • Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • 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 handle confidential information, exhibit good judgment, and
    exemplify customer service in working with students, faculty, and staff;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse and growing population of students, faculty and administrators; and
  • The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.
Preferred:  Significant experience in academic support/skills programs at the law school level.

be considered for this position, applicants should submit the following
materials using UC Irvine’s on-line application system, RECRUIT,
located at
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Relevant publications and/or writing samples
  • Contact information for three references
of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled; preference will be given to applications received by
April 20, 2013.
The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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