Friday, May 3, 2019

Academic Support Specialist at The John Marshall Law School

 Job Announcement - Academic Support Specialist, Academic Achievement & Bar Preparation

General Overview: The John Marshall Law School, located in Chicago, is seeking an experienced teacher for its Academic Achievement & Bar Preparation Program. This is a full-time staff position beginning between June 1 and July 16, 2019. This appointment is for twelve months with the possibility of renewable one-year terms.

Other Information: The John Marshall Law School is in the process of being acquired by the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is anticipated that this process will be completed in August 2019. The successful candidate will become an employee of the University of Illinois at Chicago after the transaction closes.

Responsibilities: The Academic Support Specialist will report directly to the Associate Dean for Academic Achievement, Program Assessment, and Bar Preparation. The Specialist will provide support to law students (day and evening), beginning in their first year, on study skills, critical and analytical thinking, exam strategies, time management techniques, and prepares students and graduates for the bar exam. The Specialist will teach skills courses, conduct workshops, and review and provide critical and constructive feedback on exercises and practice exams. The Specialist will also spend a significant time providing academic advising and counseling with a diverse range of students.


Additional responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the Academic Achievement Team to develop the curriculum for the 1L Expert Learning courses and teach a section or two in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Collaborate with the Academic Achievement Team to develop the curriculum for the bar preparation courses and teach a section or two in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Teach workshops, such as the Bar Boot Camp, and work directly with recent graduates in the bar preparation program.
  • Counsel and assist law students and graduates on law school and bar exam success. Many of our students are from diverse backgrounds and are first generation law students.
  • Review and provide meaningful feedback on practice exams and other formative assessment exercises submitted by law students and graduates.
  • Stay abreast and regularly update the deans and faculty of best practices and trends in law school academic support and bar preparation programs.
  • Communicate and coordinate with and stay abreast of the recent trends in commercial bar review programs.


  • J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school.
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction and have at least three years of teaching experience, with at least one year at a law school.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment; strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Desired Skills

  • Works collaboratively with members of a professional team;
  • Excellent and patient listener;
  • Interacts with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Diagnoses student challenges with a holistic approach;
  • Familiarity with psychological barriers that affect student performance;
  • Optimistic and positive outlook;
  • Creative and innovative problem solver;
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills;
  • Manage time efficiently to handle multiple tasks;
  • Strong technology skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

How to Apply

Submit (1) your cover letter summarizing your reasons for applying for this position and your qualifications, (2) your resume detailing relevant experience, and (3) a list of at least three professional references to Rodney Fong, either by mail to The John Marshall Law School, Attn: Associate Dean Rodney Fong, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois 60604 or by email to

Salary: Based on experience.

Deadline to apply: May 6, 2019

Questions should be directed to Associate Dean Rodney Fong at or 312-427-2737 ext. 312.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Nancy Shalowitz, General Counsel & Assistant Dean for Human Resources at or at 312-427-2737 ext. 396.

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