Faulkner Law Faculty Profile – Joi T. Christoff

Name: Joi Tatum ChristoffJoi Montiel

Years at Faulkner Law: I am now in my eleventh year teaching at Faulkner Law.

Undergraduate Institution: I earned my B.S.B.A. from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Graduate Institution: I earned a J.D. from Faulkner Law in 2003, and an LL.M. in Tax from the University of Alabama in 2016.


Relevant Past Legal Employment:

Staff Attorney, Justice Harold See, Supreme Court of Alabama

-May 2005 to July 2006

Law Clerk, Justice Harold See, Supreme Court of Alabama

-July 2004 to May 2005


Classes Taught:

  • Torts
  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Bar Examination Skills & Strategies
  • Legal Research & Writing I (Legal Reasoning, Writing & Research)
  • Legal Research & Writing II (Legal Analysis & Persuasion)


Q: Why is the bar prep class important?

Many students, even in their final semester of law school, don’t yet know what to expect on the bar exam. The course is important because it shows students what to expect on the bar exam—whether they are taking the exam in Alabama or in another state. Some students come into the course overly confident about their knowledge, and the course gives them a taste of reality. Other students come into the course with a lot of anxiety about taking the bar exam, and the course gives those students more confidence.


Q: What skills and habits are you trying to instill in the 3Ls as you teach this class?

This course is all about test-taking skills, specifically for the bar exam. I am primarily trying to instill in students the skill of methodical legal analysis, which they must have to perform well on all three parts of the bar exam.


Q: What about this course do you enjoy teaching?

I enjoy hearing from students that the course has reduced their stress level about taking the bar exam and increased their confidence in their ability to pass the bar.