Amanda Bynum

Professor of Practice & Director of Bar & Academic Success

Professor Bynum works with faculty and administrators to address current needs for academic and bar success programming and works with law students to encourage success in law school and on the bar exam.

She helps students adopt learning strategies and study habits in law school by continually providing one-on-one assistance to, meeting with, and counseling students on their academic skills development, including how to prepare outlines, answer exam questions, study efficiently, manage time, and other skills necessary for success.

In addition, Ms. Bynum is responsible for collection and organization of bar exam and academic data for long term assessment and reporting of bar exam data for reporting to external constituencies, including handling the ABA’s annual bar questionnaire.

Ms. Bynum formerly directed the College’s Externship program by assisting students in finding opportunities for practical experience working alongside practicing attorneys. As faculty supervisor to the externship students, she taught a course focused on competencies and foundations for practice. Professor Bynum currently teaches Basic Trial Advocacy and Preparing to Practice (P2P) for first-year law students, a course designed to assist students with the transition to law school and promote successful completion of their legal studies.

Before joining the College of Law full time, Professor Bynum began her work in academia as Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic while working full-time as a Public Defender. Professor Bynum is a Tucson native with a degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. In addition to law and coaching, she enjoys family, fitness, and professional development. In the community, Professor Bynum teaches CLEs for attorneys focused on mentoring, self-care, and accepting feedback. She also hosts a podcast on attorney well-being.

Education

  • J.D. James E. Rogers College of Law
    2009
  • B.A. University of Arizona
    2006

Work Experience

  • Professor of Practice & Director of Bar & Academic Success 
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 - present
  • Director of Externships & Bar Success & Part-time Professor of Practice
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2017 - 2019
  • Training Director
    Pima County Public Defender's Office, Tucson, Arizona
    2016 - 2017
  • Part-Time Professor of Practice
    Criminal Defense Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law
    2016 - 2017
  • Felony Trial Lawyer
    Pima County Public Defender's Office, Tucson, Arizona
    2012 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
    Nesci & St. Louis, Tucson, Arizona
    2010 - 2012