Somewhere down there live law students worse off than you.

You don’t see this every day. We have one law school offering the recent graduates of more prestigious law schools the job of teaching its law students how to pass the bar. It’s probably a great opportunity for people with only limited experience to get into legal academia, but man, I think it would make the students at the offering law school feel kind of crappy.

I mean, the position their school is looking to fill is called “Bar Passage Counselor.” It’ll be a non-faculty, administrative position. One of the core duties will be to “teach a law school course developed to increase students’ likelihood of bar exam success.” Isn’t that, like, the whole point of law school? What does it say about this law school that it’ll be looking for a non-faculty person to spearhead this effort?

At least they’re trying to fill this position with a person who went to a good law school….

William and Mary Law graduates, do you want to help those less fortunate than you? Well, if you are willing to work hard, there are people at a place called Charlotte School of Law who need your help. Here’s the ad that’s on William and Mary’s Simplicity listings:

Bar Passage Counselor

The Charlotte School of Law invites applicants for the position of Bar Passage Counselor. This is a non-faculty full time administrative staff position. CharlotteLaw is the first law school in North Carolina’s most populous city. Booming with economic, commercial and cultural activity, Charlotte is a dynamic community that combines warm southern hospitality with a modern, world-class city.

The school is a member of The InfiLaw System, a consortium of independent law schools committed to making legal education more responsive to the realities of new career dynamics. Its mission is to establish student-centered, ABA accredited law schools in underserved markets and develop programs aimed at student academic and career success.

The Bar Passage Counselor reports directly to the Associate Dean of Student Services. The successful candidate will work with students seeking to assist them with their bar admissions goals. The Counselor performs other academic support functions essential to promoting students’ success in law school and to the success and growth of the institution.

Before you ask, Charlotte Law has received only provisional accreditation from the ABA. That’s probably why they can hire a person who is allowed to perform the following “core duties”:

Core Duties:

The Bar Passage Counselor is responsible for the following:
• Counsel and advise students on bar admissions protocol, bar exam preparation, law school in general and the legal profession;
• Teach a law school course developed to increase students’ likelihood of bar exam success (North Carolina, and to a lesser extent, South Carolina, substantive law);
• Assist in the maintenance of statistical information on students and graduates;
• Prepare and present various Bar Exam related workshops and seminars;
• Further develop current bar exam preparation programming;
• Attend the North Carolina and South Carolina bar exams (where appropriate);
• Participate in bar exam related best practices meetings;
• Assist students in reviewing answers to practice exams;
• Attend meetings as necessary within the law school; and
• Attend seminars and conferences to improve ability to provide appropriate services at the law school

I don’t know, guys, it seems to me like the students could have used advice on “law school in general and the legal profession,” like, before they enrolled at Charlotte.

In any event, the experience required for this job should be attainable by a number of recent graduates:

• Applicant must be a licensed attorney with two years of legal experience.
• Prior academic support experience (either professional or as part of a graduate or law school program) or teaching experience (i.e., legal writing or comparable teaching experience in writing and analytical skills training) is preferred.

Education and Experience:
• Juris Doctor Degree from an approved ABA accredited law school.
• Applicant must be a North Carolina or South Carolina licensed attorney.
• Prior academic support experience (either professional or as part of a graduate or law school program) or teaching experience (i.e., legal writing or comparable teaching experience in writing and analytical skills training) is preferred.
• Must be highly motivated and possess personal initiative and drive.
• Strong oral and written communication skills required due to high level of interaction with students, employers and other professionals
• A strong commitment to CharlotteLaw’s mission pillars of student centeredness, practice ready and serving the underserved.

Certifications/Licensures:
Licensed attorney in North Carolina or South Carolina. (Dual licensure desired).

Really, that’s not a high bar. Tipsters point out that the Carolina bar exams are “notoriously easy,” and two years of “legal experience” is probably what you say when you graduated in the depths of 2009 and have taken catch-as-catch-can contract jobs and helped your mom out around the house.

If that describes you, you sound like the perfect person to lead Charlotte Law students into the bar exam. I mean, it’s either going to be you or Maj. Gen. Pickett.


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