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Director of Bar Success - Commonwealth Law School

Apply now Job no: 492974
Work type: Full-time
Location: Harrisburg
Categories: Administrators

Widener University Commonwealth Law School, located in Harrisburg, PA, invites applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Director of Bar Success.

Reporting to the Dean of Students, this role located on the Harrisburg campus, requires a creative, dynamic, and engaging candidate who can provide vision and leadership toward our ultimate goal of each graduate passing the bar exam. The Director of Bar Success will design, implement, and oversee all aspects of the Law School’s efforts to prepare students and graduates to pass the bar examination.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Design, implement, and oversee an effective bar passage program for all students including:
    • Working collaboratively with faculty, the Dean of Students, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to assess, track, and address the current needs for programming and support for all students
    • Tracking students’ bar examination results to focus the Law School’s efforts and to satisfy accreditation reporting requirements
    • Preparing and submitting required reporting to accreditors
    • Tracking and reporting of bar passage results and develops plans to ensure the effectiveness of the program.
  • Provide courses, workshops, advising, and other support including:
    • Creating and maintaining an open and welcoming environment for students and advise and support individual students with respect to issues related to their academic success, performance on the bar exam, and admission to the bar
    • Teaching a for-credit bar preparation course
    • Providing non-credit skill development workshops
    • Working with law students individually and in groups to help each student achieve success on the bar examination
    • Providing workshops for and meet regularly with students and graduates who are preparing for the bar exam, including during summer months.
  • Share information and expertise including:
    • Maintaining an awareness of bar admission requirements and testing formats
    • Providing general guidance to students, faculty, and administrators with respect to bar admission requirements, testing formats, and the application process
    • Providing general assistance with respect to bar applications

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Maintain a positive working relationship with bar-related entities outside the Law School, including the Pennsylvania Board of Bar Examiners and similar entities in other states, as well as commercial bar preparation vendors.
  • Participate in relevant conferences for bar preparation or academic support professionals.
  • Evaluate new bar preparation materials as presented
  • Evaluate new technology as presented

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required:

  • A JD from an ABA-accredited institution
  • Be admitted to one or more state bars in the United States
  • Minimum of three years of experience practicing law or providing law-related instruction in an academic institution or a law firm
  • Superior organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to develop internal and external relationships
  • Demonstrated track record of program development, enhancement and execution

Preferred:

  • Experience in Higher Education
  • Experience with commercial bar preparation provider

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS: 

  • Must be able to routinely sit at desk or table and work on computer for long periods of time (2+ hours), have basic manual dexterity, lift less than 25 lbs., and be mobile between workstation and numerous campus buildings. 
  • Involves routine standing, walking, and climbing stairs and occasional bending, stooping and/or kneeling. 

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.

Widener University requires all prospective employees to provide proof of taking the primary vaccination series against COVID-19 prior to employment or apply and be approved for a medical/religious exemption. Offers may be rescinded if the new employee does not provide proof of taking the primary vaccination series in a timely manner. 

Some positions may be eligible for a hybrid or remote work arrangement that may include a partially or fully remote work location, consistent with Widener’s Flexible Work policy. 

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with law schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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