Pre-Law Advisor

Job Details

Category:: Professional
Department:: Harpur College Arts & Sciences
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: May 12, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 00094
Position ID:: 147564

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Academic Advisor (SL-4)

Salary: $57,846

Pre-law Advising resides in the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office. The pre-law advisor works closely with faculty and staff in a busy, collaborative environment. The pre-law advisor provides educational services and support to all Binghamton University students and recent graduates who are interested in attending law school or pursuing legal careers. Responsibilities of the pre-law advisor are as follows:

Advising responsibilities:

  • Provide information on the curricular and co-curricular opportunities required to develop the skills and experiences required for success in law school
  • Share information on law schools, including rankings and other statistics, and evaluating advisees' chances of obtaining admission to particular programs
  • Assist advisees with the law school application process, including personal statements, letters of recommendation, LSATs, etc.
  • Provide support and offering relevant resources for underrepresented students
  • Advise on the financial aspects of law school, including costs and income expectations
  • Provide general academic advising to pre-law students, if appropriate

Creating connections:

  • Connect with pre-law student groups and faculty
  • Alumni: Coordinating communication with the Harpur Law Council and other alumni in the legal field
  • Maintain and promote a network of faculty, attorneys and law students as advising resources
  • Connect with pre-law advisors and law school admissions representatives
  • Participate in the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA)


  • Coordinate pre-law activities on campus, including speakers, outreach, training sessions, etc. to assist students as they make their decision whether to pursue law school
  • Co-coordinate and actively participate in the annual "Current Issues in Legal Practice" winter course
  • Participate new student orientation and admissions events


  • Coordinate the annual campus Law Day with the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
  • Collect law school admission data and preparing an annual pre-law report
  • Write dean's letters and process bar statements
  • Review and award pre-law scholarships
  • Coordinate pre-law internship site program

The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-disciplined and able to work independently, as well as part of a team.


  • Master's Degree
  • 3-5 years of experience in higher education or legal setting
  • Understanding of, appreciation for, and proven experience working with diverse constituencies
  • Effective and professional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to participate in evening/weekend programming (occasional travel will be necessary)
  • Exceptional public speaking and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to complete responsibilities in a professional and timely manner


  • Strong knowledge and deep understanding of college student population, particularly pre-law students
  • Demonstrated understanding of law school admissions
  • Experience with website maintenance, database management, and presentation software

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

Payroll information can be found on our website

Cover letters may be addressed "To the Search Committee."

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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: June 3, 2022

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

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We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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