Law School Deans Resources


As legal education reaches another watershed moment, understanding the American law school deanship has become more important than ever. This study is based primarily on a survey of the 197 sitting and 222 former law deans who served between 2010 and 2020.

Before the JD coming soon

In the wake of a significant decline in the number of applicants to law school in the United States, AALS conducted a national study to learn more about undergraduate views on law school.

Beyond the Bachelor’s: Undergraduate Perspectives on Graduate and Professional Degrees is the second of two AALS reports based on data from the Before the JD study.

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Deans Steering Committee 2024

Elizabeth Kronk Warner, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Chair

Term Expires 2024

Mark C. Alexander, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Jacob H. Rooksby, Gonzaga University School of Law
Sudha N. Setty, Western New England University School of Law
Kevin Washburn, University of Iowa College of Law

Term Expires 2025

Michael Barry, South Texas College of Law Houston
Anthony Crowell, New York Law School of Law
Reneé McDonald Hutchins, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Lolita Buckner Inniss, University of Colorado Law School
Melanie Leslie, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Melanie D. Wilson, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Term Expires 2026

Kerry Abrams, Duke University School of Law
Roger A. Fairfax, American University, Washington College of Law
Risa Goluboff, University of Virginia School of Law
Johanna Kalb, University of Idaho College of Law
Austen Parrish, University of California, Irvine School of Law


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