Friday, July 1, 2022

Director of Academic Excellence at The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law seeks a Director of Academic Excellence. The posting is here.  The Director has primary responsibility for providing support for bar exam success, for designing and perpetually refining the College’s systems for student academic excellence, and for providing academic support to our students.

The Director is responsible for running the comprehensive bar support program for students during their enrollment and after graduation during the bar study period. The bar support program presently includes a credit-bearing course for a segment of students during the second semester of the third year. Ohio State also has an institutional arrangement with Themis, through which all students have access to the full suite of bar preparation materials and support provided by Themis. The Director oversees and ensures student use of the Themis resources and provides additional support for bar study as needed; maintains frequent communications with students about bar exam requirements, beginning in the spring of 1L year; advises students on completing the character and fitness and bar licensure process in students’ chosen jurisdictions; advises students on the MPRE; assists students in navigating requests for testing accommodations; and tracks bar exam results for graduates, continually analyzing results to strategically improve student and institutional performance. As well, the Director provides support to graduates retaking the bar exam as needed. The Director has responsibility for maintaining familiarity with bar admissions requirements and issues and trends in bar exam administration.

During the academic year, the Director oversees the College’s support program for academic excellence. This includes assessing the programs to ensure they are adapted over time to student needs, licensure demands, and the contours of the changing profession.

Throughout the year, the Director presents formal programming (such as at orientation, lunchtime presentations, and recorded webinars), shares resources, and provides individual academic counseling.

Prepares and ensures adherence to the annual college budget for bar preparation and academic support related activities.

The Director works closely and collaboratively with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Assistant Dean for Students to identify students in need of academic support and other resources.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design additional academic support programming to occur throughout the academic year, including the possibility of credit-bearing courses. Depending on interest and need, the successful candidate may also teach additional courses. 

Required Experience/Education:

Juris Doctor degree; member of a state bar; at least 2 years post-JD experience.

Desired Experience/Education:

At least 4 years of experience working in a higher education setting in the areas of bar preparation, teaching, academic assistance, academic advisory or similar administrative, teaching or practice experience; experience in program planning and administration, detail oriented with good organizational, communication, and time management skills; ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people; familiarity and experience with current issues and trends in bar exam and attorney licensure.

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