Associate Director of Bar Studies

Position number: 224403 / 10-667
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Duquesne University School of Law invites applications for the position of Associate Director of Bar Studies. The successful candidate will be appointed to a 12-month, renewable, 405(c), non-tenure-track, assistant professor of legal skills position. The Associate Director's primary responsibilities will be to teach at least one section of the Law School's Bar Preparation courses (day and/or evening) and assist the Director of Bar Studies in preparing graduating and recent graduates to sit for the bar exam in July and February.

The Associate Director may be assigned other duties consistent with that role and the overall goals of the Law School and the Bar Studies Program, including, but not limited to, preparing students to take the bar examination, assisting graduates taking the bar examination, serving on law school committees, teaching other courses focused heavily on legal analysis, and helping the Director of Bar Studies develop programming designed to sharpen student academic and professional skills.

Minimum requirements include a J.D. degree and admission to the practice of law, preferably within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A minimum of 3-5 years law school teaching experience in bar preparation, legal writing, or academic services, preferably as a full-time member of a bar preparation or academic support program, or in some other capacity that required an emphasis on analyzing and applying the law. Substantive knowledge and experience regarding the Pennsylvania and UBE bar examination admissions and testing protocols is required. The successful candidate must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, prioritize teaching, and possess an ability to work with a wide range of constituents.

Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Commitment to the University's values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University's Mission. Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others).

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission of the University and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.

As a condition of employment, Duquesne University requires all new employees -full-time and part-time, including adjunct faculty-to get a COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of their vaccination upon commencement of employment.

New employees requesting a religious or documented medical exemption from the vaccine must complete and submit a Duquesne University exemption request form for review and approval. To receive the appropriate exemption request form, contact Employees with approved exemptions will be required to be tested on a regular basis.

The position will stay open until filled; however, the application period will close no later than July 27, 2022. For additional information, contact Rona Kitchen at Interested candidates should submit the following materials via Interfolio.

• Cover letter should express interest in the position and commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Resume/Curriculum Vita
• Teaching Statement/Philosophy
• Contact list of three professional references including contact information (email address, phone/cell number)

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.