Assistant Dean for Bar Success
Preyal Shah joined New York Law School in May 2020 as the Assistant Dean for Bar Success. In this role, she leads the implementation of strategies and programs designed to enhance preparation for the bar exam. Professor Shah teaches in the Introduction to the Multi-State Essay Exam course and in the Introduction to the Multi-State Bar Exam course. In addition, she provides individualized support to NYLS’s students and graduates as they seek admission to the bar.
Prior to joining NYLS, Professor Shah worked at University of North Texas Dallas College of Law as Professor of Practice and Director of Academic Success and Bar Readiness for four years. In that role, she developed and oversaw a comprehensive curriculum to support students from orientation through the bar exam, and supported bar takers through eight exams. She also taught Legal Methods, Advanced Strategies in Legal Analysis, Bar Exam Skills and Strategies I and II, and Professional Responsibility.
From 2009–2016, Professor Shah worked at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas beginning as the Associate Director of Academic and Student Affairs and later as the Director of Bar Studies. In these positions, she worked with faculty and staff to implement a robust supplemental bar preparation program and supported hundreds of bar takers through 12 exams. She also taught bar exam preparation courses and social security disability law.
Additionally, Professor Shah takes an active role in the academic support community. She is the current chair of the Association of Academic Support Educators Mentoring Committee and has hosted several regional academic support conferences. She has also presented at numerous national and regional conferences for academic support educators.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Shah worked as a disability attorney at a private law firm in San Antonio, Texas. In this role, she represented hundreds of claimants throughout Texas and completed over 500 hearings in front of the Social Security Administration.