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Director of Externship and Pro Bono Programs and Adjunct Professor for Academic Success and Bar Preparation

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Work type: Restricted
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: School of Law, Director/Executive/Management

The Director of Externship and Pro Bono Programs responsibilities will include direction of the School of Law's externship program, including extensive student advising, teaching in diverse modes and settings, extensive communication with field placements and supervisors, and records management. The pro bono program direction will involve significant student advising and counseling, recruiting and creating pro bono placements and opportunities, and records management. These responsibilities are anticipated to comprise approximately one-half to three-fourths of the successful applicant's total responsibilities.

The Adjunct Professor for Academic Success and Bar Preparation responsibilities will involve teaching responsibilities and student office hours in the law school's academic success and bar preparation courses, and additional responsibilities for developing, coordinating, and implementing a program that supports the School of Law's commitment to academic success in law school and success on the bar exam. These responsibilities are anticipated to comprise approximately one-fourth to one-half of the successful applicant's total responsibilities.

The successful applicant will report to the School of Law's Director of Clinical Education and to the Associate Dean for Student Success, will work closely with the Clinical Program Manager, will closely direct and monitor more than 100 students per term in externships and pro bono practice, and will supervise ASP and Bar Exam Workshop student teaching fellows.

This position contributes to the University's mission and strategic plan by providing first-class service to the university's law students, aiding in academic counseling, success, and teaching while also strengthening students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.


  • Advising every student in an externship every semester to approve field placements and confirm student planning
  • Conducting regular orientations for students in externships and considering externships
  • Teaching externship workshops and providing on-going, continuous, faculty-guided reflection in various forms and modes
  • Liaising and communicating regularly and effectively with field supervisors and field placements and other external partners and stakeholders
  • Managing significant externship documentation and records with the Clinical Program Manager
  • Orienting students to the pro bono requirement and program
  • Approving pro bono placements
  • Recruiting new pro bono placements and liaising with existing pro bono placements
  • Managing significant pro bono documentation and records with the Clinical Program Manager
  • Conducting periodic program reviews to improve learning outcomes and student experiences
  • Working with faculty and administrative staff to support the academic support efforts at the law school
  • Hiring and managing student teaching fellows to serve in first-year ASP and third-year Bar Exam Workshop course
  • Conducting orientation and training programs for student teaching fellows at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters
  • Participating in and/or leading Launch Week ASP orientation sessions for first-year students
  • Assisting, coordinating, and conducting fall and spring semester ASP workshops for first-year students on topics including effective note-taking, outlining, multiple choice and essay exam preparations, etc.
  • Co-teaching the fall and spring semester Bar Exam Workshop course for third-year students
  • Coordinating, teaching, or co-teaching winter and summer bar preparation workshops
  • Holding regular office hours and individual student counseling sessions, and developing individualized remediation and referral programs, for law students in need of academic support services and alumni in need of bar preparation support
  • Gathering, compiling, and reporting statistical data regarding student participation in, and impact on student performance of, the law school's ASP and bar preparation courses and programs
  • Assisting the law school's diversity recruiting and retention efforts
  • Maintaining a library of academic support and bar preparation books and materials for use by students and alumni
  • Managing the ASP web pages on the law school's website
  • Participating in the greater academic support and bar preparation professional community in order to stay apprised of best practices through regular attendance at conferences, participation in relevant listservs and blogs, and study of relevant books and other resources
  • Performing additional duties as necessary or required
  • Upholding University mission through work performed

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Minimum requirements include a J.D. degree, admission to the practice of law, and at least 3 years of law practice experience. The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, high volume practice, with a wide range of constituents within the diverse law school community, including students served by the Academic Success Program ("ASP"), student teaching fellows who work within the ASP and bar preparation programs, faculty members, and the law school administration. Furthermore, this position requires precises, quick, professional, and critical written and verbal communication, the ability to make consistent application of standards to evolving situations, and the ability to manage significant documentation, records, and correspondence with students and field placements.

Preferred: Ideal candidates will have diverse practice experience and demonstrable interest in different contexts, as well as a strong academic record and experience working in a higher education setting in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, academic counseling, or similar administrative, or practice experience.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a restricted, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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