North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Provost Stephen W. Director has announced the university’s appoint­ment of Jeremy R. Paul as dean of the School of Law, effec­tive August 2012. A highly accom­plished legal scholar with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in var­ious prac­tice set­tings, Paul comes from the Uni­ver­sity of Con­necticut where he is cur­rently dean of the School of Law and the Thomas F. Gal­livan Jr. Professor.

Jeremy’s expe­ri­ence within and out­side of acad­emia, along with our School of Law’s dis­tin­guished lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial learning and com­mit­ment to social jus­tice, will posi­tion us well to address the dra­matic chal­lenges that legal edu­ca­tion is facing nation­wide,” said Provost Director in a mem­o­randum to North­eastern fac­ulty and staff.

Among his accom­plish­ments as dean of the Uni­ver­sity of Connecticut’s School of Law, Paul has recruited a diverse group of out­standing fac­ulty for tenure-​​track posi­tions while building a sound rep­u­ta­tion as a suc­cessful fundraiser.

He has also launched a junior fac­ulty sup­port pro­gram backed by a pri­vate gift, and part­nered with the Con­necticut Bar Asso­ci­a­tion to secure fac­ulty mem­ber­ship and create the Tap­ping Reeve Legal Edu­cator Award that rec­og­nizes major con­tri­bu­tions to legal edu­ca­tion. He has also imple­mented a pro bono pledge program.

I am proud to assume lead­er­ship of a law school so pas­sion­ately com­mitted to the values implicit in democ­racy and the rule of law,” Paul said. “Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to expe­ri­en­tial learning is cru­cial for today’s grad­u­ates, who will hold mul­tiple jobs in a variety of set­tings. No law school dean could seek a more rewarding chal­lenge than helping to build the nation’s leading center where class­room lessons pro­vide stu­dents with the eyes they need to make sense of the world and work­place expe­ri­ences remind stu­dents how valu­able class­rooms can be. I look for­ward to working with a dis­tin­guished uni­ver­sity lead­er­ship team; a tal­ented, diverse, and accom­plished fac­ulty and staff; self-​​evidently bright and ide­al­istic stu­dents; and fiercely loyal grad­u­ates to build upon the sub­stan­tial strides North­eastern has made in recent years.”

A strong pro­po­nent of legal edu­ca­tion that inte­grates theory and prac­tice, Paul has built an Intel­lec­tual Prop­erty and Entre­pre­neur­ship Law Clinic, which gives stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to prac­tice before the U.S. Patent and Trade­mark Office. He has also launched the Center for Energy and Envi­ron­mental Law including a cer­tifi­cate pro­gram, as well as both in-​​house clinics and extern­ship clinics at the Con­necticut Depart­ment of Energy and Envi­ron­mental Protection.

Paul has embraced a global approach to legal edu­ca­tion. He has lec­tured exten­sively abroad, including in China where he helped recruit out­standing can­di­dates for an S.J.D. pro­gram for inter­na­tional students.

The legal pro­fes­sion is at a crit­ical cross­roads,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “The chal­lenges are unprece­dented and the solu­tions must be inno­v­a­tive. Jeremy Paul is the ideal leader to build on Northeastern’s model of expe­ri­en­tial legal edu­ca­tion infused with a com­mit­ment to social justice.”

Since joining the Uni­ver­sity of Con­necticut in 1989, Paul has served as asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs and as the School of Law’s first asso­ciate dean for research. As a member of the fac­ulty, his teach­ings focused pri­marily on con­sti­tu­tional law, prop­erty and jurisprudence.

Prior to his tenure at the Uni­ver­sity of Con­necticut, Paul had been on the fac­ulty of the Uni­ver­sity of Miami’s School of Law, where he taught real prop­erty and jurispru­dence, as well as admin­is­tra­tive law and landlord/​tenant law. He has also taught at the Boston Col­lege Law School as vis­iting professor.

He has been pub­lished in the Texas Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Uni­ver­sity of Southern Cal­i­fornia Law Review, and the Wash­ington Monthly, and is the co-​​author (with Michael Fischl) of the best-​​selling book, Get­ting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams.

Paul’s accom­plish­ments and com­mit­ment to ser­vice extend beyond acad­emia. He has served on the board of direc­tors of the Amer­ican Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Con­necticut and of the Con­necticut Bar Foun­da­tion. He is also a member of Connecticut’s Access to Jus­tice Com­mis­sion and is the vice chair of the edi­to­rial board of the Con­necticut Law Tri­bune.

Paul has served as a clerk to Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Cir­cuit and as professor-​​in-​​residence at the Appel­late Staff of the Civil Divi­sion of the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice. He was also assis­tant to the pres­i­dent of Trav­el­ers­Group Inc., where he oversaw var­ious projects, including aspects of the inte­gra­tion of Trav­elers Insur­ance Co. into the larger Trav­el­ers­Group Inc.

Paul grad­u­ated from Princeton University’s polit­ical economy pro­gram, with honors, in 1978, and received his J.D. from Har­vard Law School, cum laude, in 1981. He is admitted to prac­tice in the state of New York and is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Cir­cuit, and the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Dis­trict of Columbia.