G. Marcus Cole

G. Marcus Cole

Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law

Office: 2103 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-6789
Email: gcole2@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Julie Shook

G. Marcus Cole is the Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School.

He was appointed by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and began his term on July 1, 2019. He is the 11th dean in the history of Notre Dame Law School.

Dean Cole is a leading scholar of the empirical law and economics of commerce and finance. He was a faculty member at Stanford Law School from 1997 until he came to Notre Dame. At Stanford, he held two endowed chairs and taught courses in the areas of bankruptcy, banking, contracts, and venture capital. In addition, he served for five years as associate dean for curriculum and academic affairs.

His research has explored questions such as why corporate bankruptcies are increasingly filed in Delaware and what drives the financial structure of firms backed by venture capital. His recent research has involved the ways in which the world’s poor are using technology to solve their own problems, often in the face of government restrictions hindering such solutions.

Before joining the Stanford faculty, he was an associate with the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown. He clerked for Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Dean Cole’s extensive legal and scholarly background includes serving as a national fellow at the Hoover Institution, a fellow at the University of Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics, and a visiting professor at several institutions around the world, including the University of Amsterdam, the University of Vienna, Leiden University, Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, Northwestern University, Korea University, and Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.

He has served on the editorial board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the academic advisory board of BARBRI, the advisory board of the Independent Institute’s Center on Culture and Civil Society, and as a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s Bankruptcy Judicial Advisory Committee. He has served on the boards of several civic and charitable organizations, including those of the Central Pacific Region of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development (BUILD). He is the former president of the board of directors of Rocketship Education — a national, nonprofit charter school network operating California’s most successful charter schools for low-income children. He has also served on the board of trustees of Bellarmine College Preparatory, the oldest Jesuit secondary school on the West Coast.

Dean Cole earned his bachelor’s degree in applied economics from Cornell University and his juris doctor from Northwestern University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business.

In the News

Dean G. Marcus Cole included on list of Indiana’s most influential leaders – July 20, 2023

2023 Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit: Dean G. Marcus Cole’s remarks at Gala & Award Dinner – July 17, 2023

2023 Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit: Dean G. Marcus Cole’s welcome remarks – July 12, 2023

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty presents Dean G. Marcus Cole with 2023 Legal Service Award – May 26, 2023

G. Marcus Cole reappointed as dean of Notre Dame Law School – May 24, 2023

Commencement 2023: Dean G. Marcus Cole’s charge to the graduating class – May 21, 2023

Dean G. Marcus Cole to be inducted into American College of Bankruptcy – November 18, 2022

Dean G. Marcus Cole speaks at Walk the Walk Week prayer service – January 19, 2022

Dean Cole's statement on the U.S. Capitol attack – January 7, 2021

Essay: I am George Floyd. Except, I can breathe. And I can do something. – June 8, 2020

Having coffee with G. Marcus Cole, Notre Dame Magazine – April 1, 2020

Excellence with Purpose: New dean of law school seeks to launch lawyers with passion for good, ND Works – August 10, 2019

Incoming law dean Cole brings 'lifelong love for Notre Dame', The Indiana Lawyer – January 23, 2019

Stanford professor Marcus Cole appointed dean of Notre Dame Law School – January 10, 2019

Squirrel Hill taught me about communityTablet – October 29, 2018