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


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 better prepared, engaged students who are more likely to succeed, which translates to lower attrition rates at law schools and higher bar passage and job placement rates. Founded in 1967, BARBRI is headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States.

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