“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen,
and a push in the right direction.” – John C. Crosby
The AASE Mentoring & Continuity Committee
Welcomes you to academic support
What is the AASE Mentoring Program?
The Mentoring Program provides all new (one to three years) academic support professionals an opportunity to develop a professional relationship with an experienced academic support colleague. The Committee appreciates that each mentor/mentee relationship will develop differently depending on many factors, but anticipates that the formal mentoring relationship will exist for approximately one year. A mentor may assist a mentee with his/her transition to the Academic Support and/or Bar Prep field by discussing various policy decisions and philosophies that the mentee will want to consider in designing a program, sharing professional experiences, providing professional guidance and support, advising about any issues affecting student learning, introducing the mentee to other colleagues, suggesting helpful books and articles for professional development and curriculum, steering mentees to valuable professional resources, identifying professional development opportunities, providing feedback on scholarly works, serving as a sounding board for new ideas, and assisting with career growth.
Which professional organizations should I join?
The Association of Academic Support Educators [AASE] “is a non-profit professional organization for law school academic support educators. AASE’s mission is to foster and promote the professional development of its members. This will, in turn, enable and encourage research-based teaching methods that enable law students to excel and to reach their full potential—including graduating, passing the bar, and practicing law.” AASE hosts an annual conference each May for academic support professionals. Web: www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org
The Academic Support Section of The Association of American Law Schools [AALS] is a nonprofit association of law schools. “Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve our many communities–local, national and international.” AALS hosts an annual meeting and produces several publications, including: The Learning Curve, The Journal of Legal Education, and The Law School Academic Success Project website. Web: www.aals.org
The Legal Writing Institute [LWI] generates literature and research that can be quite helpful in developing an academic support program. Moreover, the Legal Writing Institute offers a biennial summer conference, which frequently addresses issues of interest to academic support professionals, such as improving students’ analytical skills. Web: www.lwionline.org
Registering for Listservs
How do I sign up for the listservs?
Click here for more information about how to subscribe to the ASP listserv.
The Legal Writing Institute listserv is “a closed discussion list intended to provide a forum in which scholars and teachers of legal writing can discuss topics in their field.” The listserv is intended for professional teachers of legal writing, but ASP are welcome. Once you are subscribed to the list, you will receive a welcome message and instructions on how you can manage your own subscription. To join, click here www.lwionline.org/mailing_lists.html
Which blogs should I read?
The Law School Academic Support Blog offers daily posts on how to succeed in law school (both as a law student and as an academic support professional), information about upcoming conferences, and calls for papers. Click on the “subscribe” button at the top of the blog page to start receiving these helpful tips. You can navigate the blog’s extensive archives, and narrow your topic search, by using the “Categories” dropdown menu on the right sidebar. Web: www.lawprofessors.typepad.com/academic_support/
The Law School Academic Success Project “supports ABA accredited law schools in their efforts to provide academic success services at their institutions. Originally funded by a Law School Admission Council (LSAC) grant, the website draws together ASP program and teaching ideas, scholarship, and information about professional growth to help legal educators develop effective academic support services, and to help students benefit from those services.” You can create an account and then upload your biography. Web: www.lawschoolasp.org
Law School Success Blog, maintained by Professor Susan Landrum, is a comprehensive blog geared toward prospective and current law students, but any new academic support professional will also find it useful. Professor Landrum not only shares her own insights, but also posts stories from law students. Web: www.lawschoolacademicsuccess.com
Which journal publications focus on academic support issues?
The Academic Support section of AALS publishes a newsletter titled “The Learning Curve.” The Learning Curve reports “on issues and ideas for the AALS Section on Academic Support and the general law school academic support community.” Generally, articles are relatively short (between 500 to 2,000 words) with light endnotes, if appropriate. Thus, this is a great option for an ASP interested in getting his or her publication-feet wet. You can view archived editions of The Learning Curve online at the Law School Academic Success Project website, discussed infra.
AALS publishes the Journal of Legal Education, a quarterly publication addressing “numerous issues confronting legal educators, including curriculum development and legal scholarship. It also serves as an outlet for emerging areas of scholarship and teaching.” The Journal is co-edited at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Both current and archived editions can be accessed through Southwestern Law School’s website. Web: www.swlaw.edu/jle/
Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing “is an electronic journal published by Thomson Reuters two times a year for legal research and writing instructors and law librarians. The journal provides a forum for discussing the teaching of legal research and writing, focusing on research materials, tools and theories.” You can receive the digital newsletter for free by creating an online account with Thomson Reuters. Be sure to opt-in to Perspectives and to opt-out of any other unwanted email publications. Perspectives accepts article submissions in mid-August for the fall issue and in mid-January for the spring issue. Detailed submission guidelines are available online, but generally articles tend to be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Web: http://info.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/signup/newsletters/perspectives/
Where should I go for more information?
A Westlaw/Lexis or SSRN search of “academic support” will produce hundreds of great articles pertaining to academic support. In addition, you will find that most, if not all, academic support professionals are very open to sharing ideas, materials and resources, as evidenced by the AASE website resource page which houses a long list of excellent resources. And, once you attend an AASE conference, you will be able to access the conference materials via login credentials provided at the event. Web: www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/resources.html
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” – John C. Crosby