Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Director of Academic Achievement at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

Director of Academic Achievement

JOB SUMMARY:        

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is seeking a Director of Academic Achievement to lead its Office of Academic Achievement (OAA) in effectively implementing and continuously evaluating its current program.  The primary goal of the Office is to provide the academic support needed for our students’ success both in law school and eventually on the bar exam.

REPORTS TO:            

Department:            Office of Academic Achievement

Primary:                  Associate Dean of Academics



  • J.D. from program accredited by the American Bar Association
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in law practice or law teaching with a focus on legal writing and analysis
  • Experience in Law School academic support and bar exam support, preferred
  • Proficiency with MS Office and proprietary JMLS software

FLSA STATUS:           


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                                                                                      

  • Teaches courses offered through OAA, such as Legal Foundations, Legal Methods, Mastering Legal Skills, and/or Mastering Legal Principles I, Mastering Legal Principles II. The OAA website has a description of these courses on the Law School’s website for reference.
  • Manages and supervises academic professionals in the office, including making teaching assignments and other assignments to effectively deliver the current program offered through OAA.
  • Working with students and alumni, individually and collectively, to leverage student performance in law school and on the bar exam. This includes individual tutoring and counseling along with developing academic action plans to help meet student goals.
  • Assists and participates in the first-year orientation program for first years, which is a for-credit orientation program. This include the academic lab, which consists of a classroom component for the first several weeks of first year.
  • Prepare and deliver summer and winter bar review workshops for alumni preparing for a bar exam.
  • Work with commercial bar review vendors to execute contractual agreements effectively.
  • Provide written feedback to students and alumni to advance academic skills and bar exam skills
  • Grade and evaluate the 1L assessment, which is an end-of-year assessment for first years.
  • Collect and evaluate data to determine program effectiveness and make recommended changes as needed.
  • Develop academic success plans for students at-risk and/or required to meet with OAA.
  • Must be able to work with both day and evening students, including during summer months. 
  • Collaborates with faculty, students and staff, to identify and develop academic skills resources and programming and to advocate for use of best practices
  • Participate in admissions events as needed to inform incoming students of the resources offered through the program. 
  • Continuously monitor and assess the program’s effectiveness
  • Work and coordinate with the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions on presentations offered to students.
  • Keep accurate records


  • Experience and/or educational training in the learning sciences.  
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct data analytics
  • Ability to measure program effectiveness
  • Effective teaching strategies for classroom and individual students
  • Familiarity with ABA standards 309b and 316 and ability to estimate and determine compliance with these standards.  
  • Experience with developing academic support courses and bar exam courses. 
  • Experience with bar exams and attorney licensing requirements
  • Experience working with bar review vendors and contracts related to commercial bar review
  • Adaptability- able to change tasks quickly as business needs dictate
  • Excellent Organizational skills
  • Ability to foster trust and respect among students, peers and superiors
  • Uses discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential information
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to adapt communication style to audience
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines accordingly
  • Ability to maintain composure and professionalism when dealing with difficult personalities
  • Effective supervisory and management skills

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS                                                                               

  • General office environment with individual work space and standard office noise
  • Ability to sit and type at a computer terminal for long periods of time utilizing close vision to review reports and documents.
  • Physical capacity to carry and lift up to 25 pounds
  • Minimal stooping, squatting, bending may be required
  • No travel required

Interested candidates may submit their letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to:

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