Robert L. Jones Jr.

Robert L. Jones Jr.

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.

Jones taught and supervised students in a general civil practice at the Legal Aid Clinic from 2002-2012. He subsequently focused on developing and teaching externship courses. His current  offerings include the Public Interest Externship, the 7th Circuit 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. His scholarly interests include legal ethics and clinical education.


Courses Taught


LAW75800, Appalachia Externship

LAW75729, Eviction Clinic

LAW75736 & 70736, Public Interest Externship

LAW75737, 7th Circuit 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