UConn: Director of Academic Support & Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

15 Aug 2019 11:58 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SCHOOL OF LAW, in Hartford, Connecticut, seeks candidates for the position of Director of Academic Support and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (9 months).

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director will support the overall academic mission of the law school by developing and implementing an academic success program that encourages a high level of academic performance for all students.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Design and implement an academic success curriculum.  The curriculum will include an emphasis on developing analytical skills, writing skills, time/management skills, and other skills that will assist law students in achieving a high level of academic performance. 

  1. In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Executive Director for Student Affairs and Assistant Dean for Students, and the Executive Director for Academic Affairs and Registrar, will identify students (1L and 2L) for possible inclusion in the law school’s academic support program (including the academic support course offered each semester) and will develop strategies to effectively communicate with students about the benefits of participating in the program.
  2. Create and implement an academic success curriculum that might include lectures, workshops, individual counseling and short courses.  The program will run through-out the academic year (fall and spring semesters) including sessions during orientation.
  3. Teach one section of the academic support course (3 credits) to law students so-designated (see #1 above) as well as other interested students during both fall and spring semesters.
  4. May teach an occasional section of Legal Practice, as needed and mutually discussed.
  5. Provide one-on-one assistance with writing and study skills to law students. 
  6. Responsible for assessing the academic support program and making periodic reports to the administration and faculty on the program’s progress and outcomes.
  7. Responsible for leading the design and implementation of a bar preparation program. This will include identifying 3L and 4L students “at risk” for failing the bar and implementing a program for bar preparation.
  8. In conjunction with the Executive Director of Academic Affairs and Registrar, the Executive Director of Student Affairs and Assistant Dean for Students, the Director of Career Development and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will assist in analyzing bar results and developing lectures, writing tutorials, and other programs to address weaknesses in student bar performance.
  9. Teach one section, each semester as needed, of a bar prep-type course for 2L and 3L students.
  10. Represent the Law School effectively at the University and outside the University regarding academic support issues.
  11. Perform other related duties, as required.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. J.D. or equivalent degree from an ABA-accredited law school and a licensed attorney in good standing. 
  2. 2-4 years of relevant experience, in a law school setting directly with academic support or in private practice or with public sector work.
  3. Ability to identify, develop and assess the essential skills law school students need to achieve academic success, with a focus on legal analysis and writing. 
  4. Sensitivity to students with disabilities and multicultural backgrounds.
  5. Ability to work collegially with faculty and administrators to coordinate delivery of services and programs to students who are academically at risk.
  6. Evidence of strong legal analysis, writing, research and oral presentation skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience in developing and directing academic support programs.
  2. Previous legal practice experience.
  3. Prior teaching experience, preferably with graduate level students.
  4. Experience counseling students in a higher education setting.
Appointment Terms

This is a full-time 9-month appointment, non-tenure track, long term contract eligible position.  The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for renewals.  Salary will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience. 

Candidates should expect to work at the Law School located in Hartford, Connecticut.



Click above to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please include a letter of interestcurriculum vitae, list of three references, a writing sampleteaching statementdiversity statement, and recent teaching evaluations, if any. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2020093)

Any questions about application materials may be directed to the search committee chair at darcy.kirk@uconn.edu.

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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