Loyola University Chicago

School of Law


Dean Yellen named one of the most influential law educators


The National Jurist has named Loyola University Chicago School of Law Dean David N. Yellen as one of the “25 most influential people in legal education” in its January 2014 issue. Yellen ranks 17th on the list of those named as having the most influence in 2013.

Yellen is a member of American Bar Association Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, which is completing its final report. He served for six years as a member of the ABA Section of Legal Education’s Standards Review Committee, where he played a critical role in drafting new rules requiring law schools to provide much more transparent information about employment outcomes. 

In addition to his work with the ABA, he has written numerous articles and blog postings on the trends and changes in legal education.

During his tenure as dean, Loyola has significantly enhanced experiential learning opportunities for law students, including adopting a new requirement that each student enroll in at least two clinics, simulations or externships.  Loyola has also become the leading law school in the country in online, non-lawyer degree programs.

Yellen has served as dean and professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since 2005. Prior to joining Loyola he was a member of the law faculty and served as dean for three years at Hofstra Law School. He has also taught at Villanova University School of Law, Cornell Law School, and New York Law School.