Jennifer T. DiSanza

Assistant Dean for Student Services

About

Jennifer DiSanza joined the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in June 2014. She has been working in law school student services since 2000. Prior to Brandeis Law, Dean DiSanza worked at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Dean DiSanza received her law degree from the University of Maryland and her Master of Science degree in organizational development and strategic human resources from Johns Hopkins University, both while working full-time. She received her undergraduate degree in business, specifically human resources, from Miami University. Dean DiSanza focused on employment and labor law while in law school.

Dean DiSanza repeats her philosophy on student services frequently. "Life happens in law school" is a mantra familiar to students. Students should not expect everything around them to stop for three or four years while getting their degree. The Office of Student Services is here to help all students succeed while enrolled.  

Central to that belief, Dean DiSanza also feels the partnership between student services and academics is core to the mission of the school: Without one, the other suffers. Students need support in all aspects of their law school education, and as student advocates, Student Services professionals listen to issues, concerns and stressors and try and help students cope with the unexpected events that happen while in law school.

Dean DiSanza served on the Executive Committee of the Student Services section of the Association for American Law Schools (AALS) from 2011-2015. She was the chair of the section in 2013. She also serves on the board of NALSAP (National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals) and is the 2019 conference co-chair. She is also a member of NNLSO (National Network of Law School Officers).

When she’s not exploring new places, listening to live music, or visiting with family, friends or her dogs, Dean DiSanza is committed to collaborating among the different constituencies at the law school, overseeing and enhancing the extra- and co-curricular activities at the school and improving the overall learning experience at Brandeis.