Coach and Writing Advisor

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Work type: N/A
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Advising, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support
Division: Sturm College of Law

Located in one of the nation’s most iconic and dynamic cities, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law has a long and distinguished tradition in experiential education.  The law school features a DU Bar Success program for graduates of Denver Law to aid in bar preparation studies with numerous practice problems utilizing bar exam materials. The program features workshops, mock bar exams, individualized feedback, and coaching.  We provide a team of writing advisers to provide comments for improvement (instead of feedback, we call it feedforward) on every bar essay and performance test submitted from our program. We also provide one-on-one coaching to help graduates keep on track and make the most of the learning experience. 

Position Description

The Sturm College of Law seeks to hire part-time (hourly, non-benefited) Coaches and/or Writing Advisors to advance the DU Bar Success Program through coaching and feedback, working with bar takers, law students, and recent graduates as they prepare for bar exams. 

This is an hourly, non-benefited position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.     

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with and support the Program Director and Assistant Director.
  • In the coach position, meet routinely with students and graduates, tracking learning progress, counseling, and advising.
  • In the writing adviser position, provide individualized feedback to answers submitted by students from mock bar exams and workshops.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • A high degree of professionalism
  • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • The ability to provide effective feedback to help students improve written answers
  • The ability to listen, understand, and problem-solve with students to overcome learning concerns and hurdles.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teamwork and to functioning in a high-paced, collaborative work and learning environment.

 Required Qualifications

  • A JD or equivalent legal degree
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools and providing comments on word documents
  • Licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in higher education, teaching, instructional design, cognitive science, counseling, and affiliated fields.
  • Licensed to practice law in Colorado
  • Preference for applicants interested in serving as both a coach and writing advisor

Work Schedule 

Hours are flexible and could accommodate remote work.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4pm MST on June 18, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.  In your cover letter, please indicate whether you are interested in the coach position, the writing advisor position, or both positions.

Hourly Rate

The hourly rate for this position is $50.00

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The compensation offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Three (3) references

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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