Jean M. Boylan

Jean M. Boylan, Clinical Professor of Law

Clinical Professor of Law

Courses Taught

  • Contract Drafting 
  • Early Bar Program
  • Ethical Lawyering
  • Fundamentals of Bar Writing
  • Legal Drafting
  • Legal Research and Writing



  • BS, cum laude, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles


After graduation from law school, Jean Boylan practiced with the Century City law firm of Gibbs, Giden, Locher and Acret specializing in construction litigation.  She made partner in 1991. She also served as a volunteer attorney and board member for The HeArt Project, an arts education program for high-risk youth in Los Angeles. She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1996. In 2010, Boylan became Loyola's first associate dean of experiential education. Boylan served as Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Clinics from 2010-2015.  Boylan teaches Ethical Lawyering, Fundamentals of Bar Writing, Legal Drafting, Contract Drafting and Legal Research and Writing. In 2005, Loyola students voted her Professor of the Year. 

Selected Scholarship

  • "Blazing a New Trail: How First-Generation Law Students Perform in and Experience Law School," 10 Law Journal for Social Justice, 1 Fall (2018)
  • Presenter, "Legal Writing and Skills Faculty as Leaders: Innovations to Enhance Skills, Admissions, Diversity, and Retention," Legal Writing Institute, July (2018)
  • "Shake, Rattle, Roll," Los Angeles Lawyer, April (2018)
  • "After Katrina: Is the Emergency Exception to Public Bidding All Washed Up?"53 Loyola New Orleans Law Review 31 (2007)
  • "The Admission Numbers are Up: Is Academic Support Really Necessary?" 26 Journal of Juvenile Law 1 (2006)
  • "Owner Beware: California Mechanics' Lien Law is Constitutionally Biased," 27 Whittier Law Review 343 (2005)
  • "The Total Cost Method: A Creative Approach to Calculating Damages in Complex Construction Cases," 25 Whittier Law Review 769 (2004)
  • "Improving Success for Non-Traditional Law Students: Summer Programs," St. Mary's Law Review on Minority issues, volume 5, Fall (2002)
  • Presenter, "Incorporating Professionalism in any Writing or Lawyering Skills Class," National Legal Writing Institute, June (2002)
  • "Crossing the Divide: Why Law Schools Should Offer Summer Programs for Non-Traditional Students, " Scholar (2002)
  • "Practice Tips: The Abandonment-of-Contract Doctrine in Construction Disputes," The Los Angeles Lawyer (2002) (with Barbara R. Gadbois)
  • National Speaker, "Designing Programs to Improve Bar Passage," National Academic Support Conference, June (2002)
  • "The Abandonment of Contract Doctrine in Construction Disputes," reprinted in Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors, Albert Dib, editor (2002)
  • "The Abandonment of Contract Doctrine in Construction Disputes," Los Angeles Lawyer, January (2000)
  • "Bidding Wars," 18 Los Angeles Magazine 27 (1996)
  • "Public Bidding," Real Property Journal, ABA (October/November 1997) 
  • "Public Contracts and Competitive Bidding," ABA Probate and Property Journal (October 1997)

Clinical Achievements

  • Presenter, Legal Writing Institute (2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018)
  • Presenter, Academic Support Conference on Early Bar Programs (1998)
  • Ethics Presenter, California Defense Lawyers Conference (1998)
  • Board Member & Volunteer Attorney, The HeArt Project (1999-2008) 
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola Award, Loyola Law School (2009)
  • Professor of the Year, Loyola Law School (2005)