Susan L. DeJarnatt

Professor of Law

Professor DeJarnatt began teaching legal research and writing at Temple Law School in July 1996. Her scholarly research focuses on rhetoric in the debates about bankruptcy and education reform, on the connections between composition theory and legal writing pedagogy, on the impact of privatization on public education, and on the importance of incorporating international and cross-border issues into legal writing courses. She has frequently taught in and directed the Temple Rome summer program and has been a visiting professor at the University of Verona. She is on the Editorial Board of the National Education Policy Center. In 2008 Professor DeJarnatt won the University Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Before teaching full time, she was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1985 to 1996, specializing in consumer protection, bankruptcy, and housing issues; and from 1982 to 1984, an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow and Young. Following graduation from law school, she served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph S. Lord, III, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


J.D., Temple University, Beasley School of Law
B.A., Oberlin College

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Awards and Recognition

  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (2008)