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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 602994
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Graduate School Dean
Department: Graduate School Dean 10067378
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Fixed Term Academic Staff, Advising/Counseling, Non-Union, 3/4 Time (65-89.9%)

Working/Functional Title


Position Summary

Reporting to the College of Law Director 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 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.


Assists with overseeing and developing materials for pilot peer mentor and tutoring program.

Assists with coordinating and implementing academic support initiatives and programs.

Assists with planning and implementing skills workshops.

Assists with planning and implementing program to assist students classified as at risk after the first semester and during the second and third year.

Reviews written submissions from students and offers feedback to help them improve their writing and analytical skills.

Helps individual students and graduates develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for law school success and bar passage and meets regularly with students and graduates who are preparing for the bar exam to mentor and counsel from first year through bar passage.

Implements and evaluates existing bar preparation services including, but not limited to organizing summer and winter programs and provides general assistance with bar application completion and character and fitness questions.


Required Degree

Doctorate -Juris Doctor

Minimum Requirements

  • 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

Desired Qualifications

A member in good standing with the Michigan Bar.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including the names and contact information for at least 3 references) to:

Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2019, and will continue until the position has been filled.


Department Statement

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

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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