Friday, October 29, 2021

Director of Bar Support at McGeorge School of Law

The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (McGeorge) is seeking applicants for a position as Director of Bar Support (“Director”). The Director of Bar Support enjoys faculty status and will hold the title of Professor of Law, Legal Practice, with a rank of assistant, associate, or full professor, commensurate with experience. Professors of Law, Legal Practice, of all ranks, have voting rights, faculty governance responsibilities, and sabbatical opportunities. Although not a tenure-track position, it is designed to lead to a long-term contract that, if successfully completed, culminates in an indefinite contract with no term limits and with job- security similar to a tenured position.

The Director is responsible for running the comprehensive bar support program offered to students in their third or fourth years at McGeorge and after graduation during the study period. Depending on the availability of support from other faculty, the Director also may teach a course in our legal research, writing and lawyering skills program and/or a doctrinal course.  During the academic year, the Director teaches and oversees adjunct professors teaching the Practical Analysis, Strategies, & Skills (PASS) program. The PASS I course focuses primarily on the skills necessary to write successful bar exam essay and performance test answers and effectively answer Multistate Bar Exam questions. PASS II is an online, asynchronous course that uses commercial bar exam program materials to teach substantive law as tested on the bar exam. The Director also oversees and teaches in the Bar Exam Attack Track (BEAT) and Extra Feedback programs for recent graduates preparing for the bar exam, orchestrating and providing feedback on weekly practice exams, reviewing commercial course progress, and counseling graduates individually.   

Other responsibilities include:
·      Tracking individual and aggregate graduate bar performance for internal review and ABA reporting purposes;
·      Communicating regularly with the Dean of Students and Dean of Academic Affairs regarding at-risk students and graduates and their progress;
·      Teaching or co-teaching summer and winter BEAT programs;
·      Meeting with students and graduates individually to counsel them regarding effective bar exam preparation;
·      Maintaining regular communication with graduates throughout the post-graduate bar study period, including through social media platforms;
·      Maintaining relationships with the major commercial bar review program providers and using those forums to monitor graduates’ progress throughout the bar preparation period, intervening promptly when a graduate begins to fall significantly behind;
·      Collaborating with and providing support for adjunct faculty teaching in the bar program;
·      Keeping abreast of substantive updates and format changes to the California Bar Exam;
·      Striving continuously to find ways to improve the bar support program;
·      Researching and implementing the most current best practices for bar support;
·      Working collaboratively with the Director of Academic Support to ensure consistent messaging and strategies across a student’s law school career.

 

 

We seek applications from exceptional candidates who hold a JD from an ABA-accredited law school, have attained a license to practice law, and who have both post-JD legal work experience and at least two years of experience providing academic/Bar support to law students or playing a similar role at a U.S. law school.

Minimum Qualifications
·      Holds a Juris-Doctor (J.D.) degree.
·      Has at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience.
·      Has at least two years of experience teaching, providing bar or academic support, or in similar role in a law school.
·      Holds membership in a state bar association.
Preferred Qualifications
·      Has prior experience directing a bar support program at a U.S. law school.
·      Has prior experience working with students to prepare for the California Bar exam.
·      Possesses extraordinary interpersonal skills.
·      Communicates effectively.
·      Maintains professional composure and demeanor at all times.
·      Promotes vision, mission, and core values of McGeorge School of Law.

Founded in 1924, McGeorge is an ABA-accredited law school located in Sacramento, California, and an integral part of the University of the Pacific, which also has campuses in Stockton and San Francisco. The McGeorge faculty is accomplished and engaging. The law school is a wonderful community with friendly people, a vibrant intellectual culture, and a beautiful campus. Our programs in international law, advocacy and dispute resolution, and government lawyering are innovative and well known. Most relevant to this position, McGeorge is one of two law schools on the West Coast to require four semesters of legal writing, one of six law schools to require at least two capstone experiences (clinics, externships, competition teams), and one of about 90 law schools to have a required, first-year professionalism course. In recent years, the law school’s academic attrition rate has been low, and its bar pass rate has been high.

In addition, McGeorge’s location in Sacramento, the capital of California, offers the opportunity to be part of a close-knit legal and policy-making community in a diverse and growing city with a vibrant cultural scene and well-regarded farm-to-fork movement.

McGeorge is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. The McGeorge faculty unanimously committed itself to undertake the work to transform itself into an anti-racist law school.  Applicants who share that vision, and particularly those who would enhance the racial and ethnic diversity of the faculty, are strongly urged to apply.

To be considered, applications must be submitted through the Pacific HR Portal at the following link: https://pacific.peopleadmin.com/postings/20709. Application materials will not be accepted via mail or email. If you have questions, please contact Professor Omar Dajani, who chairs our Faculty Recruitment Committee, at odajani@pacific.edu.

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