Tommy Sangchompuphen


Tommy Sangchompuphen

Assistant Dean for Student Learning and Outcomes, Assistant Professor of Law
276-935-4349 ext. 1284


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School (1999)
M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (1996)
B.A., Yale University (1995)

Courses Taught: Strategies for Legal Success, Bar Preparation Studies

Assistant Dean Sangchompuphen joined ASL in 2008 after serving as a bar exam essay-writing instructor and consultant for a national bar review company since 2000. After law school, he was an associate with Bassford, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, P.A. (now Bassford Remele, P.A.). Professor Sangchompuphen has written several books designed to improve students' performance on the bar exam, including the course materials for BAR/BRI's Essay Advantage courses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, and has been involved with commercial bar preparation courses in several states. He has written more than 100 law review, newspaper, and magazine articles that have appeared in Hamline Law Review, Minnesota Association of Scholars, The Wall Street Journal,, The Dallas Morning News, and numerous bar association publications. Assistant Dean Sangchompuphen directs the law school's academic success program.


  • Tennessee Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, forthcoming)
  • Kansas Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2010 edition)
  • Georgia Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2010 edition)
  • North Carolina Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2009 edition)
  • Texas Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2009 edition)
  • Virginia Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2008 edition)
  • Florida Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2008 edition)
  • Alabama Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2007 edition)
  • Michigan Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2006 edition)
  • Minnesota Essay Advantage (Thomson BAR/BRI, 2005 edition)


  • “Texas Case Questions Certification Marks” Legal Assistant Today, January/February 2008.
  • "The Preemption Issues: Whose Law Pertains and When’s it Followed?” The Medical-Legal  Know, January/February 2008.
  • “Did Court Ruling Shift Docs’ Liability to Nonpatients?” The Medical-Legal News,  January/February 2008.
  • “Focus on: Computer-assisted Coding” The Medical-Legal News, January/February 2008.
  • “Inside the Computerized Criminal Mind: Bankruptcy software Program Found to Have Engaged  in UPL,” Legal Assistant Today, July/August 2007.
  • Indiana Bar Exam Essay Analysis, BAR/BRI Group, published by Thomson West, 2007.
  • “Lexis Land: With its recent acquisitions, LexisNexis continues to expand its presence,” Legal Assistant Today, November/December 2006
  • “E-Prescribing Raises Compliance Concerns,” Legal Assistant Today, November/December
  • “Large Firm Sets Technology Precedent: Baker & McKenzie Sends IT Functions Offshore,” Law Office Computing, June/July 2006.
  • “SEC Takes on Technology,” Law Office Computing, June/July 2006.
  • “U.K. Bill Predicted to Cause Shake-Up of Global Legal Services,”, June 12, 2006.
  • “Internet Applicant Rule Has Attorneys Worried,” Law Office Computing, April/May 2006
  • “what Will Section 404 Mean for Overseas Companies?”, Dec. 20, 2005.
  • “E-Discovery Update 2004 – Part 2,” Digital Discovery & Electronic Evidence, January 2005.
  • “E-Discovery: Ethical Considerations in 2004 and Beyond.” E-Discovery Law & Strategy, December 2004.
  • “Ethical Implications of the Proposed FRCP Amendments,” Digital Discovery & Electronic Evidence, October 2004.
  • “Electronic Discovery and Business Law Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Arizona Business Lawyer, Fall 2004.
  • “New Rules Permit Attorneys to earn CLE Credits When and Where They Want,” The Hennepin Lawyer, December 2000.
  • “Testing the Limits: When Aggressive Reporting Becomes Illegal Conduct,” Bench and Bar of Minnesota, Aug. 2000, at 23-27.
  • “Is That Your Final Answer?: Are Insureds Entitled to Insurance Coverage for Trademark Infringement,” 23:2 HAMLINE L. REV. 349-69 (2000) (with Louis Speltz and Ann Grayson).
  • “Stripping United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group Down to the Bare Essentials: Why Keeping Abreast of First Amendment Issues in Developing Technology Requires Predictability and a Return to Strict Scrutiny,” 23:1 HAMLINE L. REV. 82-100 (1999).
  • “An Analysis of Recent Decisions in Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit Addressing the Issue of Insurance Coverage for Trademark Infringement,”
  • “Illegal Tuition Waivers in Minnesota,” Academic Questions, Fall 1998.
  • “Sexual Harassment Update,” Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., August 1998 (with Sally Ferguson).
  • “The Colors of Money: Minnesota’s Illegal Financial Aid Program,” Minnesota Association of Scholars Report, February 1998.
  • “For God, For Country, and for The Yale Daily News,” May 1996 (unpublished manuscript).
  • “Law in Minnesota Lets Judges Give Juveniles Double Sentences,” The Wall Street Journal, August 11, 1995.
  • “More Law Students Seek Joint Degrees to Boost Job Chances,” The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 1995.
  • “College Prepayment Plan is Focus of Patent Suit Against Florida,” The Wall Street Journal, July 10,1995.
  • “Law Schools Take on Student Debt to Help Public-Interest Firms,” The Wall Street Journal, July 3, 1995.
  • “Drunk Drivers Claim They Are Punished Twice," The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 1995.