Western New England University School of Law and BARBRI join forces to provide academic success support to law students

Feb. 4, 2019 – DALLAS, Bar review leader, BARBRI, and Western New England University School of Law (WNE Law) are joining forces to bolster academic success and foster stronger bar exam pass rates among the school’s law students.

Students at WNE Law will now have access to BARBRI’s award-winning online legal education content through books, lectures and online tools starting with their first year of law school and carrying through each year of study. Faculty and administration will be able to leverage BARBRI’s analytics to track student progress throughout their law school career and focus remediation and mentoring efforts as needed.  BARBRI ‘s suite of services complements WNE Law’s curriculum, and is designed to help the school meet its goals for academic success and eventual bar passage.

BARBRI’s Bar Review is the leading bar prep solution on the market today, and has helped more than 1.3 million professionals pass a U.S. bar exam. In fact, more law students have passed the bar exam using BARBRI than all other courses combined, and the company has the longest history of pass rate success, going back 80-plus bar exams.  The company complements its bar review expertise with a portfolio of legal education solutions for every stage of legal education. The partnership with BARBRI strengthens the learning opportunities for all students at WNE Law by enhancing and reinforcing academic support measures.

“The faculty academic success committee spent many months assessing proposals offered by several commercial bar preparation companies and other external providers, and ultimately we decided to work with BARBRI,” said Sudha Setty, dean of the School of Law.  “The company has demonstrated a commitment to supporting our students and our academic success goals, and has a sound understanding of the discrete academic needs of students as they go through each year of law school.”

“Success for law students in passing the bar and pursuing a legal career doesn’t start when they take the bar exam,” said BARBRI President Mike Sims. “It starts with their very first law class. Our partnership with Western New England Law is founded on this knowledge. We’ve worked closely with the school’s faculty and administration and feel confident we will meet the needs of law students and position them for success in school and in taking the bar.”

 

About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education and specialized training needs of law students, attorneys and other professionals throughout their careers. The companies offer a comprehensive portfolio of learning solutions for higher education institutions and law- and finance-related businesses. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. The company also provides online J.D., post-J.D. and international programs for U.S. law schools and specialized ongoing training and certifications in areas such as financial crime prevention and eDiscovery. The BARBRI Group, founded in 1967, is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

 

About Western New England University School of Law

The legal educational experience is changing and Western New England University School of Law, as it begins its second century, is proud to be at the forefront of preparing students to make the most of future opportunities. The School of Law is a forward-leaning institution that blends theory, skills, values, and ethics to offer a highly practical and professional approach to legal education.

The School of Law provides students with a strong foundation in theory and doctrine, strengthened by numerous experiential learning opportunities. Alumni live and work across the country and around the world. As the only law school in western Massachusetts, students enjoy exceptional access to clinical and externship opportunities in local and federal courts, the region’s major employers, legal agencies, and law firms large and small.

Students graduate with practical skills gained in a highly supportive environment and with a personal educational experience that enables them to turn their passions into professions.

Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and BARBRI partnership produces Ohio’s highest level of first-time bar pass rates

Nov. 9, 2018 – DALLAS – In a nationwide climate of still-stagnant bar exam scores, bar review leader, BARBRI, and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law have partnered to bolster student success and produce exceptional bar exam first-time pass rates.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law achieved an outstanding 93 percent pass rate for its first-time takers of the July Ohio Bar Exam, well above the state average of 79 percent and five percentage points higher than any other Ohio law school.  This marks the second straight bar exam in which Cleveland-Marshall leads the state.

Much of the student success can be attributed to a unique relationship established between BARBRI and Cleveland-Marshall in 2012. Through the partnership, all law students – 1L and beyond – have access to BARBRI’s award-winning bar review content through books, lectures, and online tools. The school’s faculty and administration leverage BARBRI to track student progress throughout bar preparation and focus remediation and mentoring efforts as needed.

The partnership has produced multiple dividends in terms of more student success, a more well-rounded and in-depth learning experience, and now higher bar exam pass rates compared to peers and the Ohio state average.

“We’re exceptionally pleased with the results of our graduates over the last two bar exams,” said C|M|LAW Dean Lee Fisher. “Our commitment is to give our law students every opportunity for success. Helping them prepare for the bar exam is a critical part of that effort. Passing the bar exam their first time allows our graduates to move quickly to successful law careers. BARBRI, and our supportive and engaged faculty, have enabled them to do that.”

“In today’s climate, innovation from providers like BARBRI and law schools is critical to fostering student success,” added BARBRI President Mike Sims. “We’ve worked closely with Cleveland-Marshall faculty and administration to ensure we were meeting the needs of students to position them for first-time bar exam success. The scores are validation that our approach is working and we congratulate Cleveland-Marshall and these students for their success.”

 

About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education, cyber skills education and specialized training needs of law students, attorneys, IT students and other professionals throughout their careers. The companies offer a comprehensive portfolio of learning solutions for higher education institutions and law- and finance-related businesses. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. The company also provides online J.D., post-J.D. and international programs for U.S. law schools, hands-on cyber skills training for IT and criminal justice programs, and specialized ongoing training and certifications in areas such as financial crime prevention, eDiscovery, and cyber literacy. The BARBRI Group, founded in 1967, is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

 

About Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University is a student-centered law school dedicated to creating opportunities for its students to become leaders in law, business, nonprofit agencies and government. With over 120 years of experience, C|M|LAW remains at the forefront of legal education innovation, having launched one of the country’s first law school-based solo practice incubators and establishing the region’s only Master of Legal Studies program. The school rose 14 points in the most recent U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings, marking the fourth highest increase in the nation and had the highest bar exam pass rate of any law school in Ohio two consecutive times in 2018. Learn more at csulaw.org or by following @cmlawschool.

BARBRI Law Preview and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity announce $10K scholarship winner

Incoming UC Berkeley Law student Oscar Sarabia Roman writes winning “One Lawyer Can Change the World” essay on personal experiences and becoming change agent in immigration law

 

DALLAS, June 8, 2018 –  BARBRI Law Preview and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity are proud to announce Oscar Sarabia Roman, UC Berkeley Law Class of 2021, as the 2018 recipient of the “One Lawyer Can Change the World” $10,000 Scholarship.

Roman’s winning essay was a moving personal story of being deported from the United States as a young child and how this traumatic event has shaped his desire to become an agent of change for undocumented people across the country. His powerful entry was selected from among 1,200 essays by a BARBRI Law Preview panel and supported with “write-in” recommendations.

“This was not an easy decision,” said Don Macaulay, president and founder of BARBRI Law Preview. “While each of the Top 10 Finalists’ essays demonstrated a true commitment to becoming change agents, Oscar’s personal story and his fiery resilience made us confident that, when armed with a law degree, his impact will be massive.”

“Pursuing a law degree and eventually impacting the world in a positive way comes with its challenges. My background of living in a low-income, undocumented, immigrant, Spanish-speaking home never afforded me more than the bare necessities growing up,” said Roman. “Consequently, the cost of attending law school was astonishing to me, especially for someone aiming to work in the public sector. The scholarship will transform my world by alleviating some of the costs. It will contribute to my ability to focus on my goals as a law student without worrying constantly of how I have to pay my loans and eventually impact the world in a positive way as an attorney.”

All lawyers interpret the law, but great lawyers change it, Roman wrote within his essay. It was a sentiment that resonated with those who voted in support of his essay.

“The struggle that Oscar has gone through is encouraging for others to keep pushing and to realize that, regardless of financial need or legal status, anything and everything is possible,” wrote one.

“Oscar has lived firsthand through some of the most pressing challenges in our country, and he uses those experiences as sources of strength, drive, and determination. His personal understanding of the immigration landscape combined with his education will make him a fierce advocate for those who cannot stand up for themselves — exactly what our legal system and justice system need. His passion is inspiring and he is most deserving of this scholarship,” stated another supporter.

“It is essential to support compassionate, service-driven lawyers like Oscar – those who are committed to using their education and expertise to advocate on behalf of those who are most vulnerable,” said Macaulay. “The value of a lawyer who has firsthand experience with the system he seeks to change cannot be overstated and we are excited to see where Oscar’s future takes him as an inspiring agent of change.”

 

About Law Preview

Law Preview, part of The BARBRI Group, is an innovative, comprehensive law school prep course that has proven to enhance early law school academic success. Offered as week-long, law professor-led sessions in locations around the country, Law Preview teaches students how to brief cases, write outlines, study effectively, take tests and manage their time – all critical skills for success in law school. In addition to the skills portion, the classroom course also provides an overview of the six core law school subjects that are required for most students in their first year.

About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education, cyber skills education and specialized training needs of law students, attorneys, IT students and other professionals throughout their careers. The companies offer a comprehensive portfolio of learning solutions for higher education institutions and law- and finance-related businesses. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. The company also provides online J.D., post-J.D. and international programs for U.S. law schools, hands-on cyber skills training for IT and criminal justice programs, and specialized ongoing training and certifications in areas such as financial crime prevention, eDiscovery and cyber literacy. The BARBRI Group, founded in 1967, is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

BARBRI Law Preview partners with top law schools, Biglaw firms, companies and bar associations to offer academic enrichment opportunity to 650 incoming diverse law students

DALLAS — Apr. 6, 2018BARBRI Law Preview, a BARBRI Group company and provider of the leading law school prep course, has taken a step to address the lack of diversity in the legal profession.

In partnership with some of the world’s largest law firms, companies and bar associations, BARBRI Law Preview has expanded its innovative program that, in 2018, will fund 650 full scholarships for incoming law students at 62 law schools. This will enable them to attend a law school prep course prior to starting their 1L year in the fall.

The scholarships, fully funded by the sponsoring organizations, provide the opportunity for the students to learn how to excel as a 1L from some of the nation’s leading law school professors and attorneys. Many sponsors will also make further investments by mentoring their scholarship recipients throughout the 1L year.

It is widely recognized that a law student’s first-year grades largely dictate the return on law school investment.

“Strong 1L academic performance is crucial to having meaningful career options. Law Preview’s six-day law school prep course is a proven, effective resource for law students who are serious about maximizing their chances of early success in law school,” says BARBRI Law Preview President Don Macaulay. “The Law Preview Scholarship program removes the financial hurdle for diverse students to attend the one-week boot camp in an effort to level the playing field and, most importantly, ensure that their lives are improved by their decision to become lawyers.”

Over the years, Law Preview has demonstrated success in enabling stronger early academic performance in law school and beyond.  Independent research of more than 5,000 Law Preview alumni demonstrated overall outstanding results:

  • The median 1L class rank for Law Preview alumni was in the top 16th percentile of their class;
  • 38 percent of Law Preview alumni finished in the top 10 percent of their 1L class;
  • 63 percent of Law Preview alumni were invited to join a law review or journal;
  • 67 percent of Law Preview alumni earned a 2L summer associate/clerkship position

Sam Matchett, diversity partner at King & Spalding says, “Law school is uniquely challenging. Being armed with the right tools and insight into what to expect greatly enhances an incoming student’s likelihood of success. First-year grades are extremely important, and King & Spalding believes sponsoring scholarships with Law Preview will assist under-represented students prepare for and do well during their first year of law school.”

This year King & Spalding will sponsor 20 diverse background students admitted to Howard University School of Law and New York University School of Law.

Law students planning to enter law school next fall who meet the scholarship criteria are encouraged to  submit an application before May 15, 2018.

 

About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education, cyber skills education and specialized training needs of law students, attorneys, IT students and other professionals throughout their careers. The companies offer a comprehensive portfolio of learning solutions for higher education institutions and law- and finance-related businesses. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. The company also provides online J.D., post-J.D. and international programs for U.S. law schools, hands-on cyber skills training for IT and criminal justice programs, and specialized ongoing training and certifications in areas such as financial crime prevention, eDiscovery and cyber literacy. The BARBRI Group, founded in 1967, is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

Financial crime industry executive Joseph Yerant joins ACFCS as president; Garry Clement to become senior advisor

Former ACAMS chief operating officer brings decades of operations, technology experience to further ACFCS mission of education and support for professionals combating financial crime

Apr. 2, 2018 – MIAMI — The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, today announced that financial crime industry executive, Joseph Yerant, will join ACFCS as president, reporting to Stephen J. Fredette, The BARBRI Group chairman and CEO.

Yerant comes to ACFCS with more than 20 years of operational, technology and strategic experience across multiple industries. He formerly served as chief operating officer and interim chief technology officer of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) leading up to, and subsequent to its sale to Adtalem Global Education.  While at ACAMS, Yerant, as part of the executive management team, was responsible for operations and technology. More recently, Yerant worked with Payfone, a global leader in mobile digital identity verification serving the world’s largest banks, insurers and technology companies, to improve its customer success area.  Yerant currently serves as a board member and consultant to National Executive Services Corp.

Yerant’s earlier roles included operations, program management and acquisition integration leadership positions with World Fuel Services, a Fortune 500 company, and JM & A Group, a multi-billion dollar privately-held company.  Yerant holds a juris doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oakland University (formerly Michigan State University at Oakland). Yerant is continuing his education at MIT’s Sloan School of Business, studying Artificial Intelligence.

“I am a passionate advocate of educating society of the risks of financial crime, as well as for providing the tools to tackle these issues in part by utilizing advanced technology to meet users’ needs,” said Yerant. “I am a firm believer in the ongoing education of professionals and providing an understanding of how criminals utilize vehicles to conceal their activities.  I am very excited about ACFCS as its mission and solutions address the broad spectrum of financial crime, and not just the anti-money laundering aspects.

“Through ACFCS’ comprehensive offerings of membership with training and certification, the organization provides professionals and institutions the resources to be better suited to detect and prevent the impacts of financial crime.  I am eager and honored to join the team and am excited about the possibilities.”

Garry Clement, who has served as executive director of ACFCS since January 2016, will transition to the role of senior advisor for ACFCS.  In this role, Garry will continue to support ACFCS in its mission and lend his vast industry experience to the direction of the organization.

“We are very fortunate to gain a leader with Joseph’s experience, talent and vision,” said Fredette. “I am confident that he will lead ACFCS into the future, building world-class solutions to combat the evolving challenges presented by financial criminals, and expand our ability to deliver valued education around the world.

“We appreciate Garry’s contributions as executive director and look forward to his continued efforts. Joseph, Garry and our Board of Advisors represent best-in-class visionaries and leadership in the industry, and I look forward to supporting the team with the deep resources we have here at BARBRI.”

 

About ACFCS

The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, is a worldwide organization for private and public-sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime disciplines, including anti-money laundering, FATCA-tax evasion, FCPA, anti-corruption, fraud, data analytics and cybersecurity, compliance, regulation, enforcement and more. ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to qualified candidates who pass a proctored examination offered at authorized testing centers around the world. Professionals in the financial crime field from more than 50 nations have already obtained the CFCS certification.

 

About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education, cyber skills education and specialized training needs of law students, attorneys, IT students and other professionals throughout their careers. The companies offer a comprehensive portfolio of learning solutions for higher education institutions and law- and finance-related businesses. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. The company also provides online J.D., post-J.D. and international programs for U.S. law schools, hands-on cyber skills training for IT and criminal justice programs, and specialized ongoing training and certifications in areas such as financial crime prevention, eDiscovery and cyber literacy. The BARBRI Group, founded in 1967, is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

Bar review leader BARBRI acquires iLawVentures, LLC, pioneer in legal education distance learning

DALLAS — Legal education provider BARBRI today announced its acquisition of iLawVentures, LLC, the leading provider of online J.D., post-J.D. and international programs for law schools in the U.S. This acquisition brings together two industry pioneers and creates an unmatched set of end-to-end educational solutions for the U.S. law school market.

BARBRI has, since 2011, partnered with a growing number of law schools to offer curriculum, faculty training, and assessment. With the addition of iLaw, the company can now also offer a robust, proven legal education distance learning platform. The iLaw leadership team, headed by founder Ken Randall, J.S.D, will remain in place, offering a breadth of expertise and experience in legal distance learning education that will be leveraged across BARBRI’s core curriculum offerings, bar review and cyber products.

“As the world changes, so does the way we learn. Law schools today are taking a much more holistic view of the entire legal education lifecycle from admissions and student assessments to faculty training and ultimately bar passage,” Stephen Fredette, BARBRI CEO said. “BARBRI and iLaw together offer a powerful portfolio of solutions that meets the needs of both law schools and their students at every phase.”

Prior to the transaction, iLaw had venture capital backing from Inspiras. iLaw’s portfolio encompasses J.D. content, post-J.D. graduate programs, strategic consulting for law schools, and international programs. iLaw has worked with over 20 percent of ABA-accredited law schools, including private schools such as Boston University, Vanderbilt, Emory and Baylor, and public schools such as Texas A&M and Illinois.

“We’re extremely excited to become a part of BARBRI,” Randall said. “Both companies have a shared commitment to helping law schools train and produce great lawyers, and we are confident that the combination of BARBRI’s skills-focused curriculum and iLaw’s substance-focused curriculum creates a compelling value proposition for our customers.”

About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education needs of law students and attorneys throughout their careers. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million U.S. lawyers pass the exam. The company also provides specialized ongoing skills training and certifications in areas such as financial crime, eDiscovery, and cyber awareness, security and protection. The BARBRI Group affiliated companies work to improve legal and professional learning in the United States and around the world by providing superior opportunities for law schools and law firms, as well as law- and finance-related businesses to prosper. Founded in 1967, The BARBRI Group is headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

BARBRI enhances learning and development opportunities for members of the International Association of Young Lawyers

DALLAS — BARBRI, a leading legal education provider, is partnering with the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) to further learning and professional development opportunities for association members.

In preparation for the next U.S. state bar exams, BARBRI International is offering members of the Association an incentivised provision on its International Home Study Programme. This comprehensive six- to 10-month bar review package is specifically designed for non-U.S. educated law graduates and lawyers wanting to enhance their career opportunities by sitting for a U.S. bar exam, primarily the California and New York Bars.

The International Home Study Programme is designed for candidates who may have other professional commitments, and includes the same materials as the classroom series — online lectures from top American law school professors, textbooks, bar application assistance, BARBRI’s industry-leading personal study plan, simulated exams, and access to a dedicated BARBRI International support contact.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with such a dynamic membership organisation as AIJA,” said Rob Dudley, BARBRI International director. “Our collaboration demonstrates the appetite for dual-qualifying at home and in the U.S., and the opportunities it offers young lawyers practising globally.”

AIJA is a non-profit association devoted to lawyers and in-house counsel under 45, with a goal of fostering career success for young career-building professionals in an international arena.

For more information, please visit BARBRI/AIJA partnership.

About the BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education needs of law students and attorneys throughout their careers with expert instruction and innovative technologies. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than one million U.S. lawyers pass the exam. In addition to law school and bar review offerings, the company provides specialized ongoing skills training and certifications in areas such as financial crime and eDiscovery. The BARBRI Group affiliated companies work to improve legal learning in the United States and around the world by providing superior opportunities for law schools, law firms and law-related businesses to prosper. Founded in 1967, The BARBRI Group is headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

The BARBRI GROUP sponsors Social Media Contest at Michigan State University of Law

The BARBRI Group is sponsoring a contest underway at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law that emphasizes to law students the importance of building an online presence.

The first-of-its-kind MSU Law Career Services Office social media contest is designed to help students use social media as a career-development and relationship-building tool. It’s an important lesson given the changing marketplace for lawyers, according to Daniel W. Linna Jr., assistant dean of career development and professor of law in residence.

“To be competitive, lawyers must develop personal brands and professional connections both offline through face-to-face networking, and online through social media channels,” Linna said. “We hope students competing in the contest learn to better market their professional expertise and demonstrate why employers and clients should hire them.”

The contest, which uses the hashtag #MSULawSM, was open to all MSU Law students, who submitted a social media plan by January 12. Contestants shared examples of their online activities on or before January 26 for the contest’s first status update. The second status update is due by the end of the day on March 2, 2015.

Social media industry judges will select eight to ten finalists in March, and those students will present their social media campaign strategies on April 10. After the presentations, the panel of judges will announce the winners.

Prizes include $2,500 in cash awards funded through a Dean’s Choice Grant by MSU Federal Credit Union to the Law College and legal courses from The BARBRI Group, the nation’s leading bar review and legal education firm. The first-place winner will receive a “Beyond the Bar” course from BARBRI’s Legal Practice Group valued at $495 and $1,000 from the MSUFCU. Two runners-up will each receive $500 from the MSUFCU grant and a $99 BARBRI gift certificate for a financial skills course. Five contestants will receive honorable mentions and $100 each from the MSUFCU grant.

Both BARBRI and the MSUFCU will provide judges who work in the social media field. Melody Glatz, BARBRI’s social media manager, will join a representative from MSUFCU, Paul Jaques of Spartan Innovations, MSU Law Dean Joan Howarth and others on the panel of esteemed social media judges.

ABOUT MSU COLLEGE OF LAW

Michigan State University College of Law successfully prepares graduates for legal employment in settings across the nation. The elective and required curriculum of the College of Law integrates theory and practice, thereby helping to ensure that graduates of MSU Law are well prepared for their first professional positions and their professional responsibilities for decades to come.

ABOUT THE BARBRI GROUP

At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1 million U.S. lawyers pass the exam. Now, The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education needs of both law students and attorneys throughout their careers with expert instruction and innovative technologies. The BARBRI Group comprises affiliated companies working to improve legal learning in the United States and around the world by providing superior opportunities for law schools, law firms and law-related businesses to prosper. Founded in 1967, The BARBRI Group is headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States. To learn more, visit www.theBARBRIgroup.com.

LEGAL EDUCATION FIRM TO NAME BARBRI PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOW WHO WILL SERVE SAVE THE CHILDREN

This May, passing the bar exam is all that will stand between the law school graduate named the first-ever BARBRI Public Interest Fellow and a one-year paid fellowship at Save the Children – the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world.

BARBRI, the country’s preeminent legal education resource, announces the Public Interest Fellow contest that will fund a new, one-year fellowship for a lawyer at the admired children’s nonprofit. BARBRI will pay the first-year salary of the candidate who submits a winning video expressing why he or she would like to work for Save the Children.

“We designed the new BARBRI Public Interest Fellow program to promote social responsibility and raise awareness of alternate career paths for new attorneys,” said Mike Sims, an attorney and president of BARBRI. “We want to help Save the Children improve kids’ health, education and economic opportunities through the valuable addition of an in-house legal fellow who can help navigate an increasingly complex legal landscape.”

Students can submit videos to vie for the fellowship through March 9, 2014. Videos may be posted to BARBRI.shycast.com and should demonstrate why a contestant is the most qualified person for the Save the Children in-house counsel fellowship.

“We’re grateful to BARBRI for establishing this fellowship,” said Gretchen Wagner, General Counsel for Save the Children. “The BARBRI fellow will be a welcome addition, and will work closely with our legal team on a broad range of matters in support of our global mission to help children and to make a lasting impact in their lives. We are very appreciative to BARBRI for its support in creating this fellowship, and for encouraging law school graduates to consider careers in the public sector.”

The BARBRI Public Interest Fellow and two runners-up also will receive the BARBRI Bar Review Course, which will help to ensure successful outcomes on the most important exam of their professional lives. BARBRI will award additional prizes of free Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS, www.aceds.org) certification training and a paid CEDS exam fee to the second-place winner. Five student voters selected at random will receive their choice of complimentary admission to a BARBRI Law Preview workshop for pre-law students, a BARBRI Bar Review Course and BARBRI for Legal Practice professional development session. More information and contest rules can be found at BARBRI.shycast.com.

ABOUT BARBRI

BARBRI, Inc., has helped more lawyers prepare for the bar than any other company and is now positioned to meet the legal education needs of both law students and attorneys throughout their academic and professional careers. BARBRI’s leading legal and education experts cultivate engaged, successful students – leading to lower attrition rates at law schools and higher bar passage and job placement rates – and better-trained, more professionally effective practicing attorneys. Founded in 1967, BARBRI is headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States. To learn more, visit www.BARBRI.com.

ABOUT SAVE THE CHILDREN

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. The organization aims to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, Save the Children mobilizes rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org. Follow the nonprofit on Twitter and Facebook.

ESTEEMED LEGAL EDUCATORS JOIN WITH BARBRI ON LEGAL EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD

BARBRI, the preeminent legal education company, announced the formation of the company’s Legal Education Advisory Board, consisting of nine distinguished educators and administrators from leading law schools across the country. This esteemed group is partnering with BARBRI to help the company analyze legal education trends and to identify potential solutions for industry challenges.

Law schools have been the subject of intense criticism recently as many graduating students find themselves burdened with substantial debt and facing significantly reduced employment prospects. Of the need for change, there is little debate. However, the underlying issues are complex and lie within an interdependent landscape combining several factors and constituents. A key focus of the BARBRI Advisory Board is to identify the collaborative efforts needed from key stakeholders, including BARBRI, in contributing to the transformations needed in the legal education and practice lifecycle.

“I’m pleased to serve on the BARBRI Advisory Board and to provide feedback to the company’s management on the changing world of law and law schools. I look forward to exploring ways that BARBRI can help to reshape the legal education field,” said Saul Levmore, professor and former dean of the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Eric Talley of Berkeley Law adds, “I applaud the proactive efforts of BARBRI to collaborate in improving legal education generally, and in reimagining its future trajectory.”

Board members met for the first time August 12 – 13, 2013 in Chicago, where they discussed such topics as student employability, law school innovation, student assessment, law school tuition and operating costs, and the future direction of BARBRI.

“BARBRI is evolving with the industry, and we’re fully committed to finding ways to overcome those issues that confront it,” said attorney and BARBRI President Mike Sims. “The scholars on our advisory board will be invaluable as we all work together to transform legal education.”

BARBRI Advisory Board members include:

  • Robert B. Ahdieh, vice dean, professor of law and director, Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance at Emory University School of Law
  • Craig M. Boise, dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University
  • G. Marcus Cole, Wm. Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott professor of law at Stanford Law School and former associate dean for curriculum and academic Affairs
  • William D. Henderson, professor of law, Val Nolan faculty fellow and director, Center on the Global Legal Profession at Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Monica Ingram, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid at the University of Texas School of Law
  • Saul Levmore, William B. Graham Distinguished Service professor of law and former dean of the University of Chicago Law School
  • Marin Scordato, associate dean for academic affairs and research and professor of law at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
  • Eric Talley, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Law, Business and the Economy, and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy at the University of California Berkeley School of Law

David N. Yellen, dean and professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and member of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education

ABOUT BARBRI

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