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Michael Donnelly-Boylen

Michael Donnelly-Boylen
Assistant Dean, Admissions

B.A., University of Notre DameM.S., Suffolk University

Michael Donnelly-Boylen brings fifteen years of legal education experience to his position as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Roger Williams University School of Law.  He has become a leader on issues relating to the inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in legal education.  He has also become a national speaker on issues relating to social networking and law schools.  

Dean Donnelly-Boylen joined RWU Law in 2002 and was promoted to Assistant Dean in 2005.   He has been a member of the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) LGBT Issues Subcommittee and has served as Chair.  He has also been a member of LSAC’s Diversity Committee assisting with many of LSAC’s diversity initiatives.   In 2009, he served as a trainer for LSAC’s New Admission Personnel and Faculty Member Workshop.  He has spoken at numerous conferences for organizations like the Pre-Law Advisor National Conference, the ACCESS Group, the Law School Admissions Council and the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.  

Dean Donnelly-Boylen began his career in legal education in 1995 at Suffolk University Law School’s Career Services Office.  In 1998 he transitioned into Suffolk’s Admissions Office eventually holding the title of Associate Director of Admissions.  While at Suffolk he was involved in the execution of a CLEO Summer Institute as well as the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA) conference in 2000. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in political science from Suffolk University.