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Michael Hunter Schwartz

Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean and professor of law in the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named the next dean of McGeorge School of Law. He begins his appointment July 1, 2017.

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Michael Schwartz appointed dean of McGeorge School of Law

Jan 17, 2017

Michael Hunter Schwartz has been named the next Dean of the McGeorge School of Law. He is a national leader in legal education and has a strong record for building enrollments, improving bar passage rates and enhancing the reputation of the law schools where he has served in leadership roles. Schwartz will begin his appointment on July 1, 2017.  

Schwartz comes to Pacific from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he has served as dean and professor of law in the William H. Bowen School of Law since 2013. During his tenure, Schwartz developed the law school's first research summit, hosted Arkansas' first-ever Legal Hack-a-Thon to bring people together to construct computer applications and websites to solve legal problems, and developed collaborative relationships with law schools in Taiwan, Poland and Mexico. He oversaw a complete revamping of the law school's academic support and bar pass programs, as well as curriculum reform and the creation of a new mentoring program for first-year law students. 

Previously, Schwartz was the associate dean for faculty and academic development, co-director of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning and professor of law at the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. He has also served as a professor of law at the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina, and at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco.