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Sean M Scott

Sean M. Scott

President and Dean of California Western School of Law

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Sean Scott joined the California Western School of Law as dean and president in 2020. She was previously senior associate dean and associate dean for faculty at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she expanded legal education through a variety of innovative programs including a Master of Science in Legal Studies, the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law program, and the Fashion Law Project.

Her innovative approach extended to the classroom as well, resulting in numerous honors, including the Student Bar Association's prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award and the Black Law Students Association's Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dean Scott’s academic interests include legal education, contracts, and disability rights. Her most recent article, Contractual Incapacity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, was published in the Dickinson Law Review and has been recognized by JOTWELL as one of the best works of recent scholarship in the areas of both contracts and elder law. Dean Scott speaks frequently on the topic of legal education and the diversification of the legal academy. Dean Scott currently serves on the Board of Governors of SALT and has served as Associate Director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Before joining academia, Scott was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. She earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.

  • J.D. New York University
  • B.A. Smith College
  • Contracts I
  • Contracts II
  • Sales
  • Race, Gender, and the Law

Law Review Publications

  • Sean Scott, Contractual Incapacity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 124 Dick. L. Rev. 253 (2020).
  • Sean Scott, The Hidden First Amendment Values of Privacy, 71 WASH. L. REV. 683 (1996)
  • Sean Scott, Justice Redefined: Minority-Targeted Scholarships and the Struggle against Racial Oppression, 62 UMKC L. REV. 651 (1994)