Sharing Words of Appreciation for Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo's Nine Years of Service

Words of Appreciation

SAN DIEGO (March 16, 2020) – After nine years as Dean of University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, Stephen C. Ferruolo is stepping down as dean of the law school in the summer of 2020. Dean Ferruolo will continue his role as a tenured member of the law school faculty, concentrating on teaching, scholarship, and coaching the Transactional Law Team.

We are grateful for the leadership Dean Ferruolo has provided. Notable accomplishments of Dean Ferruolo’s tenure include development of the first-year Experiential Advocacy Practicum, a marked increase in external scholarship funding, expansion of the Legal Clinics (including the launch of the Veterans and Women’s Clinics and revamping the Entrepreneurship Clinic), growth of Academic Success and Bar Program resources, creation of the Washington D.C. Externship program, new exchange partnerships with top law schools around the world, collaborating on two new concurrent degree programs, and leading the Transactional Law Team to a national championship. As a practicing member of the State Bar of California, Dean Ferruolo has advanced USD Law’s relationships with and connections to the legal community and the judiciary.

“Dean Ferruolo often shares that one of the things that inspired him to become Dean of our law school is our alumni,” said Associate Director of Alumni Relations Shari Baurle Green. “He has done an incredible job strengthening ties between both local alumni and our robust alumni communities outside of San Diego, creating opportunities for expanding professional and personal relationships, resulting in recent graduates and alumni securing jobs, and assisting with admitting students from diverse geographies.”     

Green continued, “Dean Ferruolo consistently reached out to alumni across the nation to bring USD School of Law to them. His efforts increased alumni engagement with each other and our law school.”

Thank You Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo: Nine Years of Leadership

We are truly grateful for Stephen C. Ferruolo's nine-year tenure as Dean of USD School of Law. Please join us in sharing words of appreciation for his service and dedication. Express your thoughts by emailing a 10-15 second video clip to and/or in writing

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About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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