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Paul Mahoney, University of Virginia School of Law
By Donna McGill


Dean Paul Mahoney has a lot to be proud of these days. His school, the University of Virginia School of Law was just named in the
Princeton Review as the number one school for its quality of life for students and number 2 for ‘’Best Classroom Experience’’. While
he’s certainly proud, he has an idea as to why his school ranked so high.




                       The University of Virginia continues to        professional life’’. The Yale Law School graduate once clerked
                       celebrate its top ranking among law            for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. for the Court of Appeals as
                       schools in the country, courtesy of            well as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who
                       the Princeton Review The University            graduated from U of V School of Law. After those roles, he
                       of Virginia School of Law took the             chose to practice law in New York with Sullivan & Cromwell
                       top rank in the country for its quality        in transactional law. It was bound he would return to the
                       of life for students and number 2 for          academic sector, though.
                       ‘’Best Classroom Experience’’. The law
                       school’s Dean Paul Mahoney said, ‘’...a        After marrying a law school professor and raising two sons,
                       strong sense of community and a faculty        both now in college, he himself decided to teach law. He
                       dedicated to the craft of teaching...’’        admits he was hesitant in changing hats and going from
plays a powerful role in the overall experience. His students         teacher to dean, though he is happy with his decision.
couldn’t agree more. After all, they ranked number 7 on the
Princeton Review for ‘’Best Career Prospects’’.                       These days, Dean Mahoney continues to work to ensure what
                                                                      he sees as the nation’s finest law school remains the coveted
Only in his post for two years, Dean Mahoney still anticipates        college it has always been. After all, the school accepts usually
what each new day brings in this blessed position he finds            no more than 10% of its applicants. He takes pride in knowing
himself in. Never sure what those days bring, as he explains,         a first class education is available for those who are accepted
‘’My email traffic has probably quintupled or more since I            and he enjoys seeing graduates take the world on as they set
became dean…the number of letters, the number of decisions            out to define their own careers.
to make in a day’s time takes some adjustment for someone
who’s used to being an academic’’. That was two years ago             He refers to the faculty as ‘’famously gifted teachers’’ and
and these days, he still marvels at the adjustments made              says he would want students who are considering U of V to
when he traded in his role as a professor for that of a dean          know they are always the top priority of those gifted educators
and leader.                                                           and that the school has a dean who is just as passionate as
                                                                      they are about the law as a whole and how it can truly change
While he admits it’s a ‘’tremendous challenge’’, he is also           lives.
proud to call it ‘’the greatest honor I’ve received in my




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