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Rodney Fong

Associate Dean for Academic Achievement, Program Assessment & Bar Preparation; Clinical Professor of Law


Building & Room:



300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Office Phone:

(312) 427-2737 ext. 312


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For more than 30 years, Dean Fong has designed, directed, and consulted with academic support programs at several ABA law schools. He is known for his innovative approaches to developing institutional strategies to enhance student success in law school and passing the bar exam.

Dean Fong has been studying the effects of psychological barriers on student performance, such as belonging, imposter syndrome, growth mindset, resilience, and stereotype threat and is converting strategies that have helped college students into strategies to improve law student performance. In addition to these barriers, he applies a multi-faceted approach to working with students considering their life experiences, cultural background, generation, and anything else that might affect their performance.

Dean Fong has served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Academic Support Programs and on the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admissions Council. He was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Public Education Advisory Commission and the LSAC Assessment Committee.

In addition, Dean Fong has been active in increasing diversity and access in the legal profession through the educational pipeline by serving as Chair of the State Bar of California Council on Access & Fairness, participating on the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, and volunteering on the Advisory Council for California LAW Pathways and the Board of Directors of For People of Color, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people of color to enter law school and become attorneys.

Immediately prior to joining the Law School, Dean Fong was the Director of the Office of Legal Services at the State Bar of California. The office provided technical support and funding for legal services agencies, developed projects to eliminate bias in the profession, and staffed the California Commission on Access to Justice. Dean Fong is a native of San Francisco and attended the University of San Francisco for his Bachelor and J.D. degrees.