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Pre-law Senior Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Elliott School of International Affairs


The George Washington University

Date Posted:

Aug 5 2021 9:49PM

Close Date:

Sep 3 2021

Position Description

The Pre-law Senior Academic Advisor is a pre-professional advisor who will provide professional advising and support to Elliott School undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni interested in law and law-adjacent careers. The pre-law advisor also will serve as a general advisor to Elliott School undergraduate students on their journey from orientation through graduation. The advisor will serve on a team that includes three general academic advisors, three senior advisors, an assistant director, an associate director, a director, and an administrative coordinator. The latter four positions constitute the leadership team. In addition, significant professional development support is available for pre-law advising association memberships, attending local, regional, and national conferences, and visits to law schools that regularly admit Elliott School graduates.


Advise a cohort of 200 Elliott undergraduate students from orientation through graduation; facilitate remote summer orientation and advising through webinar, video, and phone contact; monitor undergraduate student progress through individual in-person meetings and ongoing email/video/phone communication to review program requirements and opportunities; conduct outreach to probation students and students with Incomplete and Z (non-attendance) grades; audit degree progress and completion, including rising senior reviews and graduation clearances; serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments or student service units. Collaborate with ABA-accredited law schools and GW law-related student organizations to acquire information that informs one-to-one appointments and group advising with Elliott School pre-law students and alumni; collaborate with the pre-law senior academic advisor in the Columbian College of Arts and Science on events, workshops, information sessions, listserv postings, and website information; co-plan law-related information sessions, workshops, and the annual Washington, D.C. Law School Fair, one of the largest in the country; manage listservs, newsletters, email communication, website updates, and other resources related to pre-law advising; stay informed about law school admissions practices, curriculum, and the profession through membership in professional associations, attendance at conferences, and visits to law schools and legal practitioners. Perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Application Process

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Institution Information

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. The school’s unique location—just steps from the White House, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of State, and dozens of other U.S. and international organizations—enriches its teaching and research, providing students and scholars with unmatched opportunities to engage with the U.S. and international policy communities. As a school of international affairs, the Elliott School recognizes that diversity and social mobility are among our country’s greatest assets in engaging the rest of the world; we are deeply committed as a school to fostering an inclusive community. To this end, we encourage candidates from diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences. To learn more about the Elliott School’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit

Additional Information

The Elliott School’s Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising provides advising services to over 2,200 undergraduate students majoring in International Affairs, Asian Studies, Middle East Studies, and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. Through individual and group advising, workshops, and programs, the Undergraduate Advising Office empowers students to develop goals, navigate academic programs, utilize available resources, and explore the field of international affairs.

Contact Information

Timothy Dodd (


Required Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess a minimum of a Juris Doctor or Master’s degree in International Affairs, Area or Language Studies, or Higher Education Administration; at least two years' experience advising undergraduates or law students; legal practice or law-adjacent work experience is highly desirable but not required.