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Dean’s Message - Dec. 2023

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Dear College of Law Alumni,

As you probably already know, I will be ending my time at DePaul to become the next managing director of accreditation and legal education for the American Bar Association beginning June 1, 2024. I am so humbled by the outpouring of well wishes in emails, texts, and social media. I have cherished our relationships over the last 8 1/2 years, and all we have been able to do together to move the law school forward. Your leadership and love for DePaul is unparalleled, and it has been my great pride and pleasure to be your dean. I hope we will have a celebration before my last day on May 18, and I can share my appreciation of our accomplishments in person.

Our students' successes continue to fuel my optimism about DePaul Law. This fall we admitted the strongest incoming class in 10 years (based on their academic indicators), and our Illinois first-time bar passage rate for the July 2023 bar exam increased 6 percent from last year. Our innovative spirit shines through our new online Masters of Legal Studies program, the university's approval of a Certificate in Information Technology, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, and the impact of the interdisciplinary DePaul Migration Collaborative made possible by a major gift. The interdisciplinary pillars of Designing DePaul—including poverty, sustainability, and artificial intelligence—will provide the law school with great opportunities for partnerships at the university and in Chicago.

During this holiday season, I wish you and your families joy, peace and hope for 2024!

Dean Jenn ​