Grace Hum

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Assistant Dean • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-2652


Grace Hum is the assistant dean for student affairs. In this role, she works closely with students to provide leadership and guidance on all aspects of student life, including student organizations, pro bono opportunities, community service, mission-related activities, and student discipline and behavioral issues.  

Hum previously served as the director of the Legal Writing Program at USF. She has 15 years of experience teaching legal research and writing, transactional skills, contract drafting, and legislation. Her teaching has always emphasized professionalism and practical skills, so that law students could hit the ground running in their summer jobs and careers as lawyers.

Additionally, Hum works as a legal writing consultant by teaching continuing education courses about legal writing to legal professionals at law firms, working as a writing coach for individual lawyers, and tutoring bar applicants sitting for the California Bar Exam.

BA, UC Davis
JD, Santa Clara University
JSM, Stanford University
Awards & Distinctions

Teaching Grant, Asssociation of Legal Writing Directors (2012)

Law Review and Journal Articles
“Legal Writing Professors Morphing into Contract Drafting Professors,” 12 Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law 3 (2011). (Co-authored with Miki Felsenberg, Barbara Lentz, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, and Ted Becker.) Read More
Panelist, “Joining the Administration: Law School and University Leadership for Law School Professors,” The Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, “The Association of American Law Schools Arc of Career Programs,” New York, NY (January, 2016)
Moderator, “Social Justice Entrepreneurialism,” 17th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat, "Re-Imagining Social Justice Lawyering: The Next Generation," Santa Clara Law School, Santa Clara, Calif. (March 2015)
Presenter, “A Starter Kit for Teaching Transactional Skills,” Emory Law School, “Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow,” Atlanta, Ga. (June 2014)
Presenter, “Turning up the Value of Guest Speakers in Skills-Based Upper Division Classes,” University of Las Vegas School of Law,, “14th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference,” Las Vegas, Nev. (March 2014)
Moderator, “Q & A Session of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts,” University of San Francisco, “Book Reading and Signing for Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner,” San Francisco, Calif. (January 2014)
Presenter, “How Legal Writing Professors Can Add (Even More) Value to the Law School Curriculum by Developing and Teaching Upper Division Skills-Based Courses,” Third Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference,, “Lead the Change,” Costa Mesa, Calif. (August 2013)
Presenter, “The Third Draft,” University of Oregon School of Law Second Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference,, “Olympic Gold: The Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Triathlon,” Eugene, Ore. (August 2012)
Presenter, “Employers’ Changing Expectations: What Do They Want and How Do We Give it To Them?,” 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Palm Desert, Calif. (May 2012)
Moderator, “Employer Panel IIA: Judges,” 2011 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference,, “How to Hit the Ground Writing: Meeting the Expectations of the Changing Legal Market,” University of San Francisco School of Law (August 2011)
Presenter, “The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Legal Research and Writing,” 2010 Legal Writing Institute Teaching Workshop at Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, Calif. (December 2010)
Presenter, “What Students Should Know About Good Grammar But Don’t – Jeopardy Style!,” Legal Writing Institute 14th Biennial Conference, Marco Islands, Fla. (June 2010)
Presenter, “Unfounded Fears,” Emory University School of Law, “Transactional Education: What’s Next?,” Atlanta, Ga. (June 2010)
Presenter, “Diversifying Law School Faculty at All Levels,” The Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco (September 2009)
Presenter, “From Case Briefing to Complex Case Synthesis: How to Get from Here to There in Three Easy Classes,” University of Oregon School of Law and Lewis and Clark Law School, Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference, Portland, Ore. (August 2009)
Presenter, “From Case Briefing to Complex Case Synthesis: How to Get from Here to There in Three Easy Classes,” Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law , Tempe, Ariz. (March 2009)
Presenter, “Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Motivating Students To Do Their Best Work,” Stanford Law School, 4th Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, “"Moving and Motivating Incrementally",” Palo Alto, Calif. (September 2014)
Invited Participant, Association of American Law Libraries 105th Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston, Mass. (2012)