BA, UCLA, JD, University of Southern California
State Bar Membership
About Dean Emeritus
Barry Currier became the Dean of Concord Law School in June 2004. He brought to the position more than 30 years of experience in legal education and the legal profession that helped Concord Law School of Kaplan University continue the growth in quality and reputation that was established by founding Dean Jack Goetz.
Dean Currier earned his B.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1971. He served as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1971-1972. Thereafter, he practiced law at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, California.
Dean Currier began his law teaching career at the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1974. He spent a year as a visiting faculty member at Duke Law School (1976-1977) and a semester as a visiting faculty member at Monash University Faculty of Law in Melbourne, Australia (1985). From 1977 to 1996 he was a member of the faculty at the University of Florida College of Law. There he was Associate Dean(1990-1996), Acting Director of the Graduate Tax Program (1983-1984), Professor of Law (1980-1996) and Associate Professor of Law (1977-1980). From 1996 until 2000,
Dean Currier served as Dean and Professor Law at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His academic areas of interest are land finance, land use planning, real property, and income taxation. In 2000, Dean Currier became Deputy Consultant on Legal Education at the American Bar Association; located in Chicago, Illinois, the position he left to become the Dean at Concord. At the ABA, Dean Currier worked closely with the Consultant on Legal Education and the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the recognized accrediting agency for J.D. programs in the United States, on the law school approval and review process. He worked with various committees of the Section, including the Accreditation Committee, Standards Review Committee, and Bar Admissions Committee, on matters and projects of significance for legal education and the legal profession in the United States. He returned to the ABA and was named the Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education in the spring of 2013 after serving as interim director since 2012.
Dean Currier is a member of the Order of the Coif, the American Law Institute, and the Urban Land Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Access Group, a company in the student loan business that is the major private lender to law students in the United States.
Dean Currier became Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law on March 15, 2010.