Sean M. Scott, Professor of Law

Professor of Law

Courses Taught

  • Contracts
  • Race, Gender and the Law
  • Law of Sales 



  • BA, Smith College
  • JD, New York University 


Professor Scott joined the faculty of Loyola Law School in 1989.  She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law.  While at NYU she was a recipient of the Arthur G. Hays Civil Rights, Civil Liberties fellowship and was chair of the Black Law Students Association.  Prior to joining the faculty she was an associate at the Los Angeles based firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. 

Professor Scott spent the 2018-19 academic year serving as the Associate Director of the Association of American Law Schools.  She served as Senior Associate Dean from 2013-2016.  Immediately prior to assuming this role she served as the Associate Dean for Faculty from 2008-2013. She is the inaugural Faculty Director of the Master of Legal Studies program. She has been deeply involved in revamping the law school curriculum, assisting in the development of subject-matter Concentrations, the introduction of first year electives, the creation of the winter Intersession and the launch of Justice Entrepreneurs Initiative, the law school’s social justice incubator. 

Former Associate Dean Scott serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Schools.  Her service to the law school has included chairing both the Faculty Hiring Committee and the Dean Search Committee, as well as serving on the LMU Presidential Search Committee. Students awarded her the Excellence in Teaching award in 2006.  In1998, Associate Dean Scott was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Loyola Law School Black Law Students Association.  She is a past member of the board of directors of the California Women's Law Center and has sat on the boards of directors of three Los Angeles Independent schools. She speaks frequently on the subjects of legal education and race, gender and the law.

Selected Scholarship

  • Contractual Incapacity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, forthcoming Dickinson L. Rev. (2019)

  • "The Hidden First Amendment Values of Privacy," 71 Washington Law Review 683 (1996).

Selected Presentations

  • 2019 SEALS Conference, Contractual Incapacity, Mental Disability, and Vulnerability Theory, July 2019

  • 4th National People of Color Conference, Trends in Law Faculty Hiring, 2008-2018, March 2019

  • 14th International Conference on Contracts, The Illusory Promise of Supported Decision-Making, March 2019

  • LSAC Equality Conference:  Building, Maintaining, and Promoting LGBTQ-Inclusive Law Schools, AALS and Promoting the Rights of the LGBTQIA Community, December 2018

  • 13th International Conference on Contracts, Deconstructing Disability:  A Reconsideration of the Doctrine of Mental Incapacity in Light of the Americans with Disabilities Act, February 2018
  • “Law Schools Are (Finally) Teaching ‘The Biz’ of Lawyering” Law360
  • “Challenges Present a Time to Reflect and Adapt,” Daily Journal
  •  “Law School Austerity and its Impact on Faculty of Color,” LatCrit Conference 
  • “Minority Representation in Academia,” SALT Conference