Associate Dean for Lawyering Skills and Institutional Assessment
Professor of Lawyering Skills
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 214
Building Two, Room 214
After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Andrea Susnir Funk clerked for a federal district court judge and then practiced law in both state and federal courts for six years before joining the faculty at Whittier Law School. Dean Funk served as a full-time legal writing professor for three years and has directed the Lawyering Skills Institute since 2000.
Dean Funk’s passion is teaching students how to practice law. To that end, she has designed and implemented a comprehensive legal writing and professional skills curriculum that prepares students to transition from student to lawyer. Dean Funk believes that lawyers must write well and act professionally. Through the Institute, her goal is to impress the importance of these two principles upon her students with the hope that they will carry them into practice — and to life — once they graduate.
A dedicated proponent of assessment in legal education, Dean Funk has focused her recent energies on the rapidly developing area of law school assessment. She has shared her experience with the legal community through her publications, presentations, and service on both national and institutional committees.