Craig Boise

Dean, College of Law

Photo of Craig BoiseRecognized as an innovator in legal education, Craig Boise was named Dean of Syracuse University’s College of Law in April 2016. Boise comes to Syracuse University from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, which under his deanship made significant gains in academic programs, national rankings and fundraising.

Boise began his tenure as dean at Cleveland-Marshall in July 2011. Under his leadership, the college launched the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, an interdisciplinary center aimed at achieving cyber resilience through education, research and policy prescriptions; spearheaded and enhanced a curriculum designed to give practical work experience to all law students; established a solo practice incubator, the first such project in Ohio and one of the first in the nation; developed a master of legal studies (M.L.S.) degree and launched Health Care Compliance and Corporate Compliance and Ethics certification programs for both lawyers and non-lawyers; formed only the second law school partnership of its kind in the country with the bar examination preparation company BARBRI, under which all students receive the BARBRI course at no cost; and created the nation’s first “risk-free J.D.,” which permits a J.D. student who wishes to leave law school after the first year to receive a M.L.S. degree.

Boise joined the law school at Cleveland State from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where he served for two years as professor of law and director of the Graduate Tax Program. Prior to that, Boise was assistant professor and then associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He was a visiting professor at Washington & Lee School of Law in fall 2006.

Before beginning his legal academic career, Boise practiced law for more than eight years at law firms that included Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump, each in New York, and Thompson Hine in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman II, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Boise earned an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law and a juris doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He received a bachelor of arts in political science summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also completed substantial coursework toward a degree in piano performance at the University’s Conservatory of Music.