Image of Interim Dean Cornwell with law school students in one of the lounges of Rodino Center.
Seton Hall Law faculty and administrators are available to address all questions or concerns you may have about any aspect of your experience at Seton Hall Law – from academics and career planning to housing and counseling services. Our Deans are also here to assist you whenever you need.

Here’s how we can help. Call on us!

Image of Interim Dean John Kip Cornwell John Kip Cornwell, J.D., M.Phil., A.B.

Dean and Professor of Law

[email protected] | 973-642-8498

I am the final go-to person for our entire community, both internally and externally.  If you are uncertain about how to resolve a problem, or have an issue only I can address, or just want to say hello, please drop by.

Courtney B. Smith, PH.D.Courtney B. Smith, Ph.D.

Vice Dean, School of Law, and Dean, School of Diplomacy

[email protected] | 973-642-8506

I am excited to expand my role at Seton Hall and serve the Law School as Vice Dean, where I assist with budget management and related matters. I wish you the best of luck in your journey through our program, and I look forward to celebrating your future success.

Cara FoerstCara Foerst

Associate Dean for Academics

[email protected] | 973-642-8506

As Associate Dean for Academics, I oversee Student Services, Enrollment Services, Career Services, academic support and exams . I am here to ensure your Seton Hall Law experience is challenging and rewarding. I am happy to meet with students about any issues of concern. I want to support every student so that each of you fulfill your potential and reach your goals.

Dean and Professor Brian SheppardBrian Sheppard

Associate Dean for JD and Graduate Admissions and Professor of Law

[email protected] | 973-642-8867

My specialty areas include Admissions and Communications. I assist The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technolgy and the Institute for Privacy Protection. I also run the Sports and Entertainment Externship Program. As for courses, I often teach first-year subjects like torts or professional responsibility and upper-level subjects like entertainment law. If you have questions about a career in sports or entertainment law or ideas about technology or legal theory, I'd love to hear them. But please feel free to ask me about anything.

Solangel MaldonadoSolangel Maldonado

Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development and Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law

[email protected] | 973-642-8830

As Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development, I organize and oversee several programs that support and promote our faculty’s innovative scholarship and inclusive teaching. I also serve as the faculty adviser to the Seton Hall Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, a student-led journal that provides upper-level students with opportunities to write legal scholarship and to organize symposia on cutting edge issues that bring scholars and practitioners to Seton Hall Law to share their knowledge with our community. I also serve as the faculty adviser to the Latin American Law Students Association (“LALSA”). I teach or have taught a variety of courses, including Torts, Family Law, Wills, Estates & Trusts, and a seminar on Gender, Race & the Law. If you have any questions about a career in Family Law, journals, or anything else, please reach out to me. I look forward to meeting you.