Vincent D. Rougeau became Dean of Boston College Law School on July 1, 2011. He previously served as a professor of law at Notre Dame, and served as their Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1999-2002. He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1985, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as articles editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. In 2019, Dean Rougeau was nominated as Association of American Law Schools (AALS) President-elect.
A vocal advocate for change in legal education, Dean Rougeau writes and speaks extensively on legal education reform. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of AALS, and on the Council of the Boston Bar Association. He currently serves as chair of the AALS Deans Steering Committee. He has led a reorganization in leadership structure at the law school that supports a more holistic approach to student services, expands the school’s national and international recruitment of a diverse student body through the Associate Dean for External Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, and enhances the school’s commitment to experiential learning and global engagement. BC Law’s Center for Experiential Learning brings all the school’s hands-on training programs under one roof, while the Global Practice Program builds on the school’s longstanding presence in Europe by launching new opportunities for students in Dublin, Germany, Chile, France and other locations around the globe.
Dean Rougeau is an expert in Catholic social thought. His book Christians in the American Empire: Faith and Citizenship in the New World Order was released by Oxford University Press. Dean Rougeau’s current research and writing consider the relationship between religious identity and notions of democratic citizenship and membership in highly mobile and increasingly multicultural democratic societies. He serves as Senior Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Community (“CTC”) in London, where he researches broad-based community organizing, immigration, and citizenship in the UK as part of the Just Communities Project. Just Communities began as a partnership among Notre Dame, the CTC, and Magdalen College, Oxford University that explored the role of religious communities in community organizing and the formation of democratic citizens in the multicultural neighborhoods of East London. The project is now a collaboration between Boston College and the CTC.
Dean Rougeau’s teaching interests are in contract and real estate law, as well as in law and religion. He has taught first-year contracts, real estate transactions, and seminars in Catholic social teaching and immigration and multiculturalism. He is a member of the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Before entering the academy, he practiced law at the Washington, DC office of Morrison & Foerster from 1988-1991.