ASL Partners with BARBRI for Bar Success

Keith Faulkner, the President and Dean of Appalachian School of Law (ASL), has announced that the school has entered into a multi-year partnership with BARBRI, the national leader in bar-exam preparation.  “For most students,” Dean Faulkner says, “practicing law is the primary objective and passing the bar exam is the pathway that must be followed to do so.”  At ASL, the bar-exam challenge is addressed on day one with each incoming student.  “Our new long-term partnership with BARBRI and a demanding program of legal education prepares each ASL student with highly effective analytical and practical skills - individually designed - to ensure that every graduate is in the best position to pass the bar exam.”

The ASL-BARBRI plan involves all three years of a student’s law school experience and continues several months after graduation.  The first year includes a detailed series of learning assessments to set a baseline for progress and to identify any areas needing improvement.  This is done to gauge the learning needs of incoming students individually and collectively as a new ASL class.  

In the second year, the plan examines various proficiencies (knowledge retention and application, reading comprehension, and analytical skills) in substantive legal subjects and pinpoints issues requiring individualized focused attention.  

The plan’s third year and post-graduate phase involve a regimen of practice tests on subjects likely to be on the bar exam in the specific jurisdiction in which the student wants to practice law.  Similar to the day-one assessments, the post-graduate program uses similar testing and re-testing practices, delivering substantive lectures in addition to testing strategies. This final component of the BARBRI service is a 10-week program leading up to the bar examination. 

“The Appalachian School of Law is a recognized leader in increasing access to justice for underserved communities,” says Mike Sims, President and Chief Growth Officer of BARBRI Global.  “BARBRI is honored to partner with ASL’s faculty to provide proven, data-driven support to every ASL student from the first day of law school through the last day of their bar exam.”

“The law school experience is not for the faint of heart, said Faulkner.  It is demanding and highly rewarding.  The desire to succeed must be matched with the tools for success.  Preparation breeds confidence, and confidence success.”  The ASL professor managing the bar-prep plan, Jeremy Hurley, agrees and adds that “what we are doing will reduce the inevitable stress of taking the bar exam through extensive preparation, and in our experience, that correlates to better performance throughout the demanding two days of testing.”

Embracing the maxim that we should “begin with the end in mind,” ASL is pleased to offer its students the benefits of this new ASL-BARBRI partnership.  For additional information and details about the plan, please contact Professor Hurley at 276-244-1223 or at

Posted April 8th 2022 Posted by