Joseph Harbaugh, dean emeritus of Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, has received a U.S. patent for a computer program that predicts at admission time the likelihood students will excel in law school and pass the bar exam.

Harbaugh, now a professor at the Davie law school, developed software called AAMPLE, the Alternative Admissions Model Program in Legal Education. AAMPLE reviews student outcomes in a small number of classes to predict their likelihood of success in pursuing legal careers. This differs from the widespread practice of heavily weighting LSAT scores and grade point averages to determine admission to law school.

Harbaugh is one of three Nova professors from three colleges to secure patents for their innovations. All will be honored by NSU president George Hanbury II at the President’s Faculty Research & Development Grants Award Ceremony on Tuesday.