Joel Chanvisanuruk is the Director of Academic Success Programs at the College of Law. In this role, he delivers workshops and works individually with law students to help them adapt to law school curriculum, prepare for exams and improve their academic performance in order to achieve their full academic potential as a law student. Joel oversees the College of Law’s Structured Study Group program, training and supervising 2L and 3L students who are then matched with groups of first-year students to develop academic and exam taking skills. Joel teaches Legal Analysis and Drafting: The Bar Exam, a course designed to assist 3L students in preparing for the written components of the Bar Examination. In 2011 Joel received the Nettie Berk Staff Recognition Award.
Prior to joining the College of Law, Joel was the Associate Director of Career Planning and Professional Development at Washington & Lee University School of Law. Before entering the field of law student services, Joel served as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) litigating employment matters for the United States Forest Service and the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. In addition to his J.D. from the College of Law, Joel obtained a Master of Public Affairs in Public Management and Comparative International Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.A. in Philosophy from Bradford College. Prior to law school, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Sosnowiec, Poland.
Joel is a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and previously served as Chair of the National Association for Law Placement’s (NALP) GLBT Section.