Barbara McFarland

Barbara McFarland
Assistant Professor of Law
Director of Student Success Initiatives

Director of Student Success Initiatives
Assistant Professor of Law

"I chose Chase after several decades at another law school because I perceived a true commitment here to assisting all students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, ethics, and dedication required for success in law school, on the bar exam, in the practice of law, and in service to the community. It was both a good choice and an accurate perception."


Professor McFarland is the Director of the Office of Student Success Initiatives, counseling and providing information and programs for everyone from prospective students through former students sitting for the bar exam. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She joined the NKU Chase faculty in 2006.

In more than twenty years as a Legal Research and Writing Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Professor McFarland also taught the Academic Success seminar, the Judicial Extern course, Civil Procedure II, and a senior seminar in Legal Drafting. She coached numerous moot court teams and is a proud member of the Order of Barristers. She was fortunate to clerk for two federal judges, one a senior district judge and the other a federal magistrate judge, for many years.

Past publications include practitioners' manuals in evidence and a revision of a premises liability treatise, all with Professor Glen Weissenberger of DePaul. Current research interests involve learning style theory as applied to law students with different backgrounds, temperaments, educational experiences, and modes of focusing and acquiring knowledge; benefits of group learning; and, effective methods of assessment.

Professor McFarland is a member of the Ohio and federal bars, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, the Legal Writing Institute, and the ABA's Sections on Academic Support, Litigation, and Courts. In what free time remains, she works on her home and garden or prowls the sidelines of assorted athletic events with her digital camera.



  • BS Education, The University of Virginia
  • JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Courses Taught

  • Basic Legal Skills - Writing


What’s it to You? An essay suggesting the use of MPT-style writing exercises in the hiring process, LEX LOCI (Northern Kentucky Bar Association) (August 2012)

Five Tips on Writing to a Judge, 72 Bench & Bar 1 (January 2008)

Expletives: Usurpers of Space and Emphasis, 71 Ky Bench & Bar 30 (2007) SSRN  

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Panel Moderator, Assessing Our Students, Our Successes, and Ourselves, AALS Academic Support Section Annual Program, Association of American Law Schools (January 2013)

Treasurer, Association of American Law Schools Academic Support Section