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Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage (Assistant/Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills)
Penn State Dickinson Law

Date Posted Feb. 21, 2020
Title Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage (Assistant/Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills)
University Penn State Dickinson Law
Carlisle, PA, United States
Department Dickinson Law
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
    Associate Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Law - General

Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage (Assistant/Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills)

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY'S DICKINSON LAW invites applications for a Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage at the rank of Assistant /Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, a 48-week, tenure-track position expected to begin July 1, 2020. We welcome candidates with outstanding academic credentials, practice experience, and/or judicial clerkship experience.

Dickinson Law strongly encourages applicants who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the university, see: Penn State Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at

The Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage will work as part of the Office of Academic and Student Services to train law students for the rigor of law school, the bar exam, and the practice of law. The Director will report to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services and work closely with all faculty and staff to enhance the learning and study skills of all students, with an emphasis on at-risk students. The Director will develop and present academic success and bar exam preparation workshops; teach and support substantive bar-preparation courses and/or courses that provide academic and law-specific skill development; and provide individual counseling throughout law school and preparation for the bar exam. The Director is expected to engage in the following administrative and faculty duties:

  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services in developing and administering an academic success and bar exam preparation program. This includes organizing and presenting specialized materials, workshops, and programs for students and faculty, including summer bar success programming and orientation workshops;
  • Teach substantive bar-preparation courses and support courses that provide academic and law-specific skill development;
  • Attend and present at appropriate conferences, workshops, and seminars in the field of academic success and bar exam preparation, as well as legal education and pedagogy;
  • Research and keep abreast of the latest developments in academic success pedagogy, learning theories, technologies, and scholarly literature;
  • Publish scholarship appropriate for faculty in the academic success and bar exam preparation field;
  • Meet individually with students to identify areas in need of improvement and to develop plans based on each student's specific needs and abilities. Provide in-depth feedback and instruction on areas such as analytical writing skills, time management, and other skills that assist law students in achieving a high level of academic performance;
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret both hard and narrative data relating to students' pre-law school academic background, law school performance, and bar passage. Participate in relevant ABA and other reporting requirements;
  • Support and counsel graduates re-taking the bar exam to develop effective strategies to ensure success;
  • Serve as the liaison to and manage the relationships with all commercial bar preparation companies;
  • Track and report information regarding bar passage and serve on faculty committees as assigned by the Dean and/or Associate Dean;
  • Provide service to the law school and the University; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean and/or Associate Dean.

General Qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • License to practice law in any U.S. state or the District of Columbia;
  • Prior legal practice experience, including judicial clerkships;
  • Law school achievements and accomplishments, including high academic achievement, law review, moot court, and/or mock trial;
  • Articulable commitment to the field of academic success and bar exam preparation, including implementing the best models and practices available to teach in this field and incorporating recent developments in legal pedagogy;
  • Demonstrable recent successful experience in academic success and bar exam preparation;
  • Experience with or interest in teaching using online platforms;
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, with special aptitude for patience and positive motivation with various constituents;
  • Commitment to working with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff;
  • Sensitivity to students with varied learning styles, disabilities, and diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrable successful experience mentoring and working with students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Working knowledge of the Uniform Bar Exam and the Pennsylvania Bar Exam;
  • Ability to collect, interpret, and analyze data;
  • Potential for teaching excellence and scholarly growth;
  • Demonstrable successful experience working independently and collaboratively; and
  • Proficiency at project management, including, but not limited to, developing, planning, and implementing goals.

Inquiries may be sent to the Chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Medha Makhlouf, through Anne Porter at To apply, submit a letter and curriculum vitae through the Penn State jobs website at

Penn State will undergo a system upgrade that will impact digital workflow between March 11 and March 23, 2020. Accordingly, please submit application materials before March 11, 2020 or after March 23, 2020 to ensure receipt.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

About Penn State University:

As Pennsylvania's only land-grant university, Penn State is a leader in higher education, and carries out its mission of teaching, research, and service with pride and focus on the future.

Our leadership in administration, faculty, and staff make our mission come alive every day. The Board of Trustees reviews and approves the budget of the University and guides general goals, policies, and procedures. The President's office ensures that all aspects of the University are running smoothly and promotes overall principles that students, faculty, and staff abide by for the long term. The University Faculty Senate represents the Penn State faculty with legislative authority on all matters regarding the University's educational interests.

We strive to celebrate diversity in all aspects of our education and operational activities. Our strategic plans are designed to result in ongoing improvements that help prepare future generations of leaders.

About Dickinson Law:

As the oldest law school in Pennsylvania, and one of the oldest law schools in the country, Dickinson Law's mission remains remarkably similar to its founding vision: to prepare students of law thoroughly for the practice of their profession. While remaining steeped in the tradition and values that have distinguished the Law School from its inception, Dickinson Law has redefined how it is preparing students to lead their profession in a competitive and evolving 21st century legal landscape. For more information about Penn State Dickinson Law, please visit our website at

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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