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Director of Bar Success


Minimum $70,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The Director of Bar Success reports to the Associate Dean for Student Success, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Director assists J.D. and LL.M students in the development of the critical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed on the bar exam and in practice. The person in this position will design and implement bar success programs that will support J.D and LL.M students from matriculation through bar admission. This person will also work with other departments to make sure that students are meeting the requirements necessary to qualify for admission to the bar by diploma privilege.

Responsibilities: Leads the development, implementation, and ongoing operations of one or more academic programs to ensure effectiveness in meeting strategic, departmental, and student development goals. May manage the program budget and outreach activities and supervise program staff. Strives to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive work environment.
  • 30% Leads the development and implementation of academic program initiatives
  • 10% Serves as the liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups to identify and maintain academic program-related partnerships
  • 10% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures to comply with regulations, institutional policies, and academic program objectives
  • 10% Evaluates existing academic program strategy and makes recommendations to unit leadership for program enhancement
  • 5% Assists stakeholders with preparing and/or maintaining documentation, financial management, and/or reporting requirements related to sponsored grants, contracts, or agreements
  • 30% Provides full service advising resources and services, provides information about educational options and academic requirements, and communicates directly with students regarding all aspects of the advising process
  • 5% Manages degree programs and/or certificates, high impact practice programming and events, and curriculum development and implementation
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
Juris Doctor from A.B.A. approved law school.


Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Demonstrated ability to manage confidential information and exhibit good, independent judgment.
Strong attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills.
Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite; ability to learn other software as needed.

Admission to a bar exam in at least one jurisdiction.
Knowledge of law school curricula.
Demonstrated ability to think critically and collaboratively about techniques to improve bar exam success.
Experience in teaching or training.
Experience working with statistics and data.
A self-starter and demonstrated work ethic.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Remote work may be possible after training and an evaluation period.

Appointment Type, Duration:


How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume through the Jobs at UW website ( ) under job #300803 by the consideration date.


Kelly Hallmark
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Academic Program Manager(AE024)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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