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.
To be eligible for certification as a candidate for office, you must complete this application form, including the required attachments as instructed below, by 11:59pm (CDT) on January 15, 2018.
- Certification Form (PDF). The Certification Form (download here) must contain your signature and the signature of any dean from your law school and must be submitted electronically. You and your Dean may sign electronically. Required file name: [CH, BOG, ED, or Editor]-[your last name]-Certification – Example: CH-Doe-Certification.
- Statement and Resume for Posting Publicly (PDF). Your candidate’s statement and resume combined must not exceed three single-sided, 8.5” x 11” pages, which may be single-spaced. Any statement, resume, or combination of statement and resume in excess of the three page limit will be truncated after the third page. Be mindful of your private or personal information. This PDF will be posted publicly. Required file name: [CH, BOG, ED, or Editor]-[your last name]-S&R — Example: CH-Doe-S&R.
- Candidate Headshot. Headshot Guidelines:
- Must be .jpg or .png.
- Must be less than 16MB.
- Must be 300px X 300px or less.
- This photo will be posted publicly.
- Optional Video Statement for all positions except Student Editor-in-Chief. This video will be shared and posted publicly.
- Must be five minutes or less.
- All video statements should discuss candidate qualifications and platform.
- Only the candidate can appear in the video statement.
- The video statement content must be of a professional nature.
- No music is permitted.
- All video statements must adhere to copyright laws.
- The video statement content cannot violate any provisions of the Elections Code.
- The elections committee will reject any video statements that violate these guidelines or the spirit of these guidelines
The Certification Form, candidate’s statement and resume, candidate headshot, and video statement link (optional) must be submitted with this application form no later than 11:59pm (CDT) on January 15, 2018, to be eligible for certification. No separate submissions of materials will be accepted. Receipt of applications is based on arrival time posted by the ABA server time stamp. Plan accordingly to allow for varying time zones and transmission delays.
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.