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.

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