Robert L. Jones

Robert L. Jones

Associate Dean for Experiential Programs
Clinical Professor of Law

Office: 3111 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-4863
Fax: 574-631-6725
Staff Assistant: Beth Ferrettie
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Robert L. Jones was appointed Associate Dean for Experiential Programs in 2012. He was the Director of the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic from 2002-2012. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 with a B.A., summa cum laude, in the Program of Liberal Studies and French, and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1984. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and, while in law school, served as managing editor of the Harvard Law Review and as chair of Students for Public Interest Law. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Honorable Milton Shadur on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

From 1985 to 2002, he worked as Staff Counsel and Transportation Project Director of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a Chicago-based public interest law and policy center, (BPI) founded in 1969. There, he engaged in litigation, regulatory advocacy and policy analysis on issues relating principally to the environment, fair housing and public-utilities regulation. He also served as a lecturer at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law from 1985 to 1999. 

Jones taught and supervised students in a general civil practice at the Legal Aid Clinic from 2002-2012. He currently teaches in a variety of experiential learning programs including the Notre Dame Law in Chicago Program, the Lawyering Practice Externship, the Appalachia Externship, and the GALILEE program, an immersion experience through which law students learn about legal problems of the urban poor. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Clinical Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools from 2009-2013, including serving as Chair in 2012. He is currently active with the Externship Committee of the AALS Clinical Section and the planning committees for the biennial national Externships conferences. His scholarly interests include legal ethics and clinical education.

Courses Taught


LAW75800, Appalachia Externship

LAW75760, Notre Dame Law in Chicago

LAW75736 & 70736, Lawyering Practice Externship


“Integrating Experiential Learning into the Law School Curriculum:  Report of the Working Group on Integrating Curricular Goals of the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law,” 7 ELON L. REV. 43 (2015). 

Robert L. Jones, Jr., Gerard F. Glynn, & John J. Francis, When Things Go Wrong in the Clinic: How to Prevent and Respond to Serious Student Misconduct, 41 UNIV. BALT. L. REV. 441-522 (2012).

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Teaching
  • Lawyer/Client Relationship
  • Professional Responsibility

In the News

Robert L. Jones Selected for ND Faculty Social Justice Award, May 9, 2017