Washington and Lee University School of Law invites applications for the position of Director of Bar Success to begin no later than July 1, 2024. This is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track faculty position. A Juris Doctor degree is required, as well as professional experience in bar readiness, academic success programming, or the equivalent. Candidates should have familiarity with the Uniform Bar Examination, the NextGen Bar Examination, and current bar examination formats in U.S. jurisdictions.
• Work collaboratively with the Director of Academic Excellence and faculty to design and implement an overall plan for our students’ bar preparedness and success
• Contribute to the design and teaching of a third-year bar preparation course and a second-year skills-focused course
• Design and facilitate a new bar exam mentor program
• Work collaboratively with the Director of Academic Excellence and faculty to strengthen the academic techniques of case briefing, legal analysis, essay writing, review and outlining, and test-taking practices
• Assist with the analysis of bar examination data to recommend improvements in bar preparation programming and needed curricular changes
• Stay abreast of necessary changes in student programming as jurisdictions across the United States adopt the NextGen Bar Examination or other examination
• Work collaboratively with the administration and the Director of Academic Excellence to incorporate skills training in orientation and pre-orientation programming
• Facilitate student workshops in the fall and spring semesters
• Advise, coach, and encourage students on an individual basis
• Provide faculty support for integration of bar skills in doctrinal teaching, particularly as U.S. jurisdictions transition to the administration of the NextGen Bar Examination
• Teach courses to ensure the analytical, reasoning, and writing skills necessary for success during law school, on the bar examination, and in the future practice of law
• Other duties consistent with the overall goals of the Law School, including, but not limited to, advising students, serving on law school committees, and teaching various courses that support the law school curriculum and foster bar preparedness
The Law School believes deeply in the transformative power of legal education, and student success is vital to its mission. The new director will join a community of student-focused scholars dedicated to helping our students achieve success in their coursework and on the bar examination.
One of the smallest of the nation's top-tier law schools, Washington and Lee School of Law has a student body of around 375, and a student-faculty ratio of around 6.7 to 1. We are in a college town in the majestic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, nestled between mountain ranges and pristine rivers. The university is a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C. and within an hour of several other metropolitan areas.
A central aspect of the Law School’s mission is to promote a diverse, equitable, and collaborative intellectual community. Our mission statement is at https://law.wlu.edu/about-wandl-law . We continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. To further our mission, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and student body. In that regard, we especially welcome candidates from members of communities that are traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and academia.
For more information on the School of Law, please visit https://law.wlu.edu/
A Juris Doctor degree is required, as well as professional experience in bar readiness, academic success programming, or the equivalent.
Interested individuals should submit a statement of interest (cover letter), CV and a list of three contact references through the Interfolio portal at http://apply.interfolio.com/140520 .
The position is open until filled and applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning February 9, 2024.
$Commensurate with experience. per Unknown Employment Type: Full-Time