John L. Bodie has been a general practice attorney for more than 20 years. He began his work in Huntsville, AL, but returned to Birmingham where he continues to practice.
An alumnus of Birmingham School of Law, Bodie was a student when law school classes were held in the courthouse. “When we had exams, we studied from September to December, took our Christmas break, then came back and took our final exams. It was awful,” he says. “I’m glad to see that they now give exams before Christmas.”
Bodie has been a professor at the Birmingham School of Law for more than 20 years where he still teaches Civil Procedure. He also teaches Juvenile Law when there are enough students taking the course. “I enjoy teaching, and I like to see my former students in the courtroom,” he says.
Bodie encourages his students to stay on top of course information. “They need to know enough information to pass the bar exam,” he says. “Study early and study frequently, because you can’t learn enough in the two months before the exam. I tell them if they stay up to date on class materials and cover the lessons each week, they should be in good shape.”
Bodie has seen Birmingham School of Law change and improve over the years. He says that each dean has added something different to the school. “I want to see what changes we can make to help students, and I hope to see the bar exam pass rate continue to improve,” Bodie says.
In his spare time, Bodie enjoys spending time with his family. He plans to continue teaching at the law school. “Birmingham School of Law is special in that it provides an opportunity to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend law school,” he says.