If you are passionate about higher education and interested legal ed reforms, Education Director may be the most influential position a law student can hold.
The Law Student Division Education Director, a newly created position for 2017, serves a uniquely critical dual role: 1) Law Student Division Council member, and 2) the only voting law student member of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the accreditor of US law schools.
Here, you represent the single voice for law students on the official law school accrediting body. You will need to keep the Law Student Division leadership informed of upcoming legal education issues and discussions, and develop potential advocacy positions for the Division that could benefit law students.
A proven ability to interact professionally with senior officials and academics will help you in this role. Background or experience in higher education administration or policy is also a plus.
Time commitment: 15-20 hours weekly.
- Election Method: Three applicants are recommended to the Section of Legal Education by the Law Student Division nominating Committee and Council. The successful candidate will be appointed by the Section of Legal Education.
- Term: Serves a one-year term beginning at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting through adjournment of the following Annual Meeting.
- Education Director-Elect Period: Once the Section of Legal Education nominates a single candidate prior to his or her appointment, typically sometime in the spring leading up to Annual Meeting, that candidate will be asked to serve in an -elect, non-voting role on the Law Student Division Council.
- Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.
The Education Director:
- Serves as the Law Student on the Council of the Section of Legal Education.
- Liaises between the Law Student Division and Section of Legal Education, keeping Law Student Division leadership informed of upcoming issues and concerns in legal education.
- Works with the Section of Legal Education and the Division Director to maintain and develop Division Education programs, plans, and activities.
- Attends Section of Legal Education Council meetings (5 meetings annually).
- Promotes the Division’s programs, activities, and national competitions through regular communications with the ABA.
- Assists with planning and coordinating Legal Education programming held at the ABA Annual Meeting.
- Assists in judging the Division’s National Awards.
- Serves on the Division Council.
- Participates on Division Council conference calls.
- Follows and understands the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
This position is expected to attend the following. Most travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division and Section of Legal Education subject to Division and Section guidelines.
- ABA Annual Meeting in August (as officer-elect)
- Section Officers Conference in September
- Legal Education Council Meeting in October
- Legal Education Council Meeting in December
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February (Passport Required)
- Legal Education Council Meeting in March
- Legal Education Council Meeting in June
- ABA Annual Meeting in August (as officer)
- Other travel as needed to fulfill commitments on committees as appointed throughout the year
To be certified as a candidate for Education Director, an individual must be:
- A law student attending an ABA-approved law school;
- An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
- A Premium Law Student Division member*
- A law student in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
- A law student who has not received his/her first degree in law;
- A law student attending law school during the academic year subsequent to June 1, 2017;
- A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All application forms must be approved and signed by each candidate’s dean; and
- A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
1) Complete the electronic Application Form. The electronic Application Form, all required documents, and video statement link, must be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on January 15, 2017. These are “strict liability” deadlines and requirements. No exceptions.
2) Include their Dean’s Certification Form (Download Now). The Certification Form (Download Now) must be a PDF that follows this naming convention: ED-[your last name]-Certification. Example: ED-Doe-Certification. The Certification Form must contain your Dean’s signature and be submitted electronically as part of your Application Form. Any dean at the law school at which you are registered may sign. Written or electronic signatures are acceptable.
3) Include a statement and resume. The statement and resume must be a PDF that follows this naming convention: ED-[your last name]-S&R. Example: ED-Doe-S&R. Statement and resume combined must not exceed three single-sided, 8.5” x 11” pages. Anything in excess of the limit will be truncated after the third page.
4) Candidate Headshot. Guidelines:
- Must be .jpg or .png
- Must be less than 16MB
- Must be 300px x 300px or less
5) OPTIONAL: Provide Video Statement Link. Guidelines:
- All video statements should discuss candidate qualifications and platform.
- Only the candidate can appear in the video.
- The video statement content must be of a professional nature.
- No music is permitted.
- All video statements must adhere to copyright laws.
- The video content cannot violate any provisions of the Elections Code.
- The election committee will reject any video statements that violate these guidelines or the spirit of these guidelines.