McGeorge School of Law

Michael Hunter Schwartz

Dean and Professor of Law
Michael Hunter Schwartz

AB, University of California, Berkeley
JD, UC Hastings College of the Law, Order of the Coif


Dean Schwartz is the 10th Dean of the University of Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. He started July 1, 2017.

Dean Schwartz is the author of ten books, seven law review papers, three book chapters, and eight shorter works addressing a wide variety of teaching, learning and curriculum design topics. Schwartz's books include What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013) and a contracts textbook, Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook (2d ed. 2015), which was the first book in a textbook series he designed (and now edits).

Dean Schwartz has delivered more than 200 professional presentations about teaching and learning in law school. Dean Schwartz is the chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Section for Deans, the Chair-Elect of the Section on Socio-Economics, and a former chair of the Sections on Teaching Methods and Balance in Legal Education. Dean Schwartz is a Consultant to the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, and he is a member of the board of advisors for a national legal publisher and two peer-reviewed law reviews. In January 2017, National Jurist Magazine named Dean Schwartz the 9th Most Influential Person in Legal Education, the third year in a row he has been ranked among the top 15 in the nation. Dean Schwartz’s Contracts course were selected by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System as “an innovative course that reflects exemplary innovative teaching,” and Dean Schwartz was recently named one of 30 Honorees for a Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Edge Award in the Education category. 

Dean Schwartz invites you to follow his blog on innovation in legal education, What Great Law Schools Do.

An Interview with Dean Schwartz