DePaul University > About > Administration > Jennifer L. Rosato Perea, JD
Jennifer L. Rosato Perea was appointed dean of 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.