Director, Bar and Academic Success

Tucson, AZ
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Law Administration

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law seeks a Director of Bar and Academic Success to develop strategies and provide resources that encourage academic success in law school and bar passage. The Director will work collaboratively with faculty and administrators to address specific current needs for academic- and bar-success-related programming and support. Such needs range from high-level initiatives, such as running the Law College's Academic Success program, to providing one-on-one support for at-risk students.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:

Student Advising

  • Help students adopt learning strategies and study habits that will lead to academic success both in law school and on the bar examination.
  • Counsel students on their academic skills development, including how to prepare outlines, answer exam questions, study efficiently, and manage time.
  • Assist students and recent graduates with preparing for the bar exam (including the Multistate Bar Exam) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.
  • Counsel students about the bar exam application process and, if applicable, the bar-score-transfer process.
  • Assist students with registration, academic advising, and planning course schedules as needed.

Academic Success Program

  • Administer the Law College’s Academic Success Program.
  • Administer courses for at-risk second- and third-year law students, and teaching such courses as needed.
  • Teach the academic success portion of the Law College’s mandatory first-year course, Preparing to Practice. The subject matter of this portion of the course includes, but is not necessarily limited to, exam-taking skills, practice problems, and study strategies.
  • Provide feedback to students on practice exams and other exercises.
  • Develop extra-curricular programming targeted to supporting students academically.
  • Track and measure the success of the Program.

Bar Success

  • Develop strategies to increase the Law College’s bar-passage rates year-over-year.
  • Arrange supplemental bar preparation programs, including conducting practice exam sessions.
  • Coordinate with commercial bar vendors and assist with negotiation and execution of related contracts.
  • Administer the Dean’s Incentive Program.
  • Provide bar-related information to faculty regarding topics tested and recent bar exam questions in the faculty members’ area of teaching.

Bar-Passage Data

  • Collect Arizona Law graduate bar-passage data from all U.S. jurisdictions.
  • Report complete and accurate bar-passage data to senior team and prepare data for reporting to external constituencies, such as the American Bar Association.
  • Provide periodic internal reports on metrics and progress toward achieving goals for bar passage to the Law College’s senior team.
  • Work with the Chairperson of the Bar Success Committee to identify trends and strategize to develop resources to meet student and graduate needs.
  • Maintain internal database to track factors correlating with bar success.


  • Research and implement the most current best practices for bar and academic success.
  • Stay abreast of trends in the academic and bar-support fields.
  • Stay current with ABA regulations and bar-admission requirements.
  • Represent the Law College at and participate in outside conferences and other events organized for and/or by academic support or bar preparation professionals, as applicable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of law school curriculum and best practices for law teaching.
  • Ability to track, record, and report on progress towards target goals.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Sensitivity to the needs to law students.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of diverse and multicultural constituencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Earned a passing score on a bar examination in at least one U.S. state or the District of Columbia.
  • Experience with bar admission requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

License to practice law in at least one U.S. state or the District of Columbia.

Experience practicing law.

Experience in academic support, legal writing, or other law school teaching.

Published scholarship in learning theory and academic support.

Experience with ABA regulations.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Academic Administration

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Academic Program Mgmt

Job Function:

Academic Administration

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Shannon Trebbe

Assistant Dean, Career Development

Email: [email protected]

Jason Kreag

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Email: [email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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