Reporting to the College of Law Assistant Dean of the Academic Success Program and collaborating with other faculty and staff, the Assistant Director of Academic Support assists students and graduates both as they progress through the College of Law and after they graduate. The Assistant Director of Academic Support helps develop, implement, and coordinate college-wide initiatives to improve overall law school academic success and bar passage, including workshops and other programming as needed.
The Academic Success Program (ASP) welcomes candidates who (1) have a passion for working with law students; (2) have experience working with diverse groups of individuals with varying levels of academic ability; (3) have strong communication and organizational skills; and (4) exhibit a high degree of professionalism and ability to work in both self-directed environments or in a group setting.
45% - Manage Academic Success Program bar exam programming.
Evaluate and implement existing bar preparation services including, but not limited to, organizing summer and winter programs. Develop and implement new bar exam preparation for students to help maximize bar passage. Coordinate and present bar exam preparation programming for third-year law students as needed. Help conduct evaluation of bar passage results, including drafting reports as necessary. Help individual students and graduates develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for bar passage. Guide repeat bar examinees. Possibly co-teach third-year bar exam skills course.
25% - Provide guidance to and oversee all ASP Peer Mentors.
Assist the Assistant Dean of Academic Support with selecting, interviewing and overseeing the work of ASP Peer Mentors and Tutors (student workers). Assist in the development of training and other materials for ASP Peer Mentors and evaluate performance of ASP Peer Mentors.
20% - Advise all law students on academic support and bar support matters.
Help plan first-year orientation to the Academic Success Program. Assist with coordinating and implementing academic support initiatives and programs. Assist with planning and implementing first-year skills workshops. Assist with planning and implementing program to assist students classified as at risk after the first semester. Assist with developing and implementing programs to assist students classified as at-risk during the second year and third year. Review written submissions from students and offer feedback to help students improve writing and analytical skills. Help individual students and graduates develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for law school success and bar passage. Advise students about academic performance and strategies for bar passage success. Provide general assistance with the bar application process and character and fitness questions. Meet regularly with students and graduates who are preparing for the bar exam to mentor and counsel from first-year through bar passage.
10% - Perform administrative duties.
Perform administrative duties as necessary including responding promptly to emails and phone calls and attending meetings within the department, law school and university. Keep up to date on latest trends and practices within law school academic support, bar preparation and support, and legal education.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
A Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited institution
A member in good standing with a state bar
At least 1 year experience working with bar preparation programs and/or academic support programs or equivalent experience that would suggest fitness to provide creative direction in a burgeoning and developing program
Works collaboratively with members of a professional team
Maintains high level of confidentiality with records and information
Excellent and patient listener
Interacts with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
Diagnoses student challenges with a holistic approach
Creative and innovative problem solver
Identify and navigate administrative rules and policies
Effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills
Manage time efficiently to handle multiple tasks
Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and the desire to learn and further develop technology knowledge relating to scheduling software and social media platforms
Required Application Materials
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least 3 references to: careers.msu.edu.
The College of Law is comprised of approximately 800 J.D. students, 100 students enrolled in various Master of Laws and Master of Jurisprudence programs, 134 faculty and approximately 11,500 living alumni worldwide. For more information about MSU College of Law, visit http://www.law.msu.edu.
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