SPRINGFIELD — Kandace Kukas has joined Western New England University School of Law as the assistant dean and director of Bar Admissions Programs. Kukas will design, administer, and oversee the law school’s bar examination preparation efforts and activities, including teaching classes, counseling bar applicants, and working with students on an individual and group basis.
“We’re thrilled to have Kandace Kukas join the School of Law community,” said Dean Eric Gouvin. “With her impressive experience in student bar-preparation strategies, I’m confident Kandace will make a significant contribution to the success of our graduates.”
The director of Bar Admissions Programs position was created to assist Western New England School of Law students with the increasingly complex process of applying to and preparing for the bar examination. Working closely with faculty, staff, and commercial bar-preparation companies, Kukas will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive bar-passage program commencing in a student’s first year of law school and continuing throughout the law-school program.
Kukas has worked in test preparation for the Kaplan and PMBR (Pre-Multistate Bar Review) organizations for 18 years, specifically focusing on bar review for nearly 10 years. She has created curricula for bar-preparation courses, taught bar-review programs at several law schools, and tutored and lectured in commercial bar classes. She practiced law for five years before moving into academic-support roles. Kukas received her J.D. with honors from Suffolk University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in social work, also with honors, from Salem State University.