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  • Jennifer L. Rosato Perea, JD

    Dean, College of Law


Jennifer L. Rosato Perea was appointed dean of the DePaul University College of Law in July 2015. A nationally recognized leader in legal education, Dean Rosato Perea brings a wealth of experience to DePaul as an administrator, a longtime advocate of active learning and professionalism, and a scholar. She is one of only a small number of Latina law school deans in the nation.

Prior to joining DePaul, Dean Rosato Perea served as dean at Northern Illinois University College of Law for six years. She previously served as acting dean for Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law during its inaugural year and then as senior associate dean for student affairs and professor of law. She also previously served as associate dean for student affairs at Brooklyn Law School, where she was a professor of law and co‐director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy. Since joining the academy in 1992, she has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, New York University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.

Dean Rosato Perea is an accomplished scholar and expert on family law, bioethics, legal ethics and civil procedure. She has published extensively on diverse legal issues that affect children and families. She has presented nationally and regionally on the future and challenges of legal education before a number of organizations including the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges. She also regularly appears in the media as an expert on various legal topics.

Dean Rosato Perea is an active member in numerous organizations, including the prestigious American Law Institute. She serves on the Association of American Law Schools’ Membership Review Committee and recently chaired its New Law Teachers Conference. She also currently serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Task Force on Legal Education and Student Debt.

Dean Rosato Perea earned a BS with distinction from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. At Penn, she was editor‐in‐chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law and won the Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court Competition. She began her legal career as a clerk for Judge Thomas N. O’Neill Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, before becoming an associate with Hangley, Connolly, Epstein, Chicco, Foxman & Ewing in Philadelphia.