Assistant Professor Rodney O. Fong is co-director of the Academic Support Program at USF, where he helps students prepare for the study of law and enhance academic performance throughout law school, with a particular emphasis on bar preparation and success. Fong was most recently associate dean for bar exam services at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he built a successful bar pass program that raised and stabilized the school's bar pass rates.
He has dedicated much of his career to providing academic support to law students and diversifying the legal field. His accomplishments include serving as chair of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness, chair of the College & Law School Committee of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness, former director of academic support programs at Santa Clara University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law, former chair of the Section on Academic Support Programs for the American Association of Law Schools, and two-time recipient of the San Francisco Minority Bar Coalition’s Outstanding Service to the Legal Community Award (1999 & 2004).
He is a board member of For People of Color, Inc., serves on the LSAC Diversity Committee, chairs the LSAC Diversity Retention Conference planning group, and is an appointed member of the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.
His areas of research include generational diversity, learning styles and teaching methods, stereotype threat, and diversity in the legal profession.
- BA, University of San Francisco
- JD, University of San Francisco
- Prior Experience
- Associate Dean for Bar Exam Services, Golden Gate University School of Law
- Program Developer, Center for Access & Fairness, The State Bar of California
- Co-Director, Academic Support Program, University of San Francisco School of Law
- Bar Examinations
- Academic Support
- Diversity in the Profession
- Co-Director, Academic Success Program, Santa Clara University School of Law
- Associate Professor of Law and Director, Academic Assistance Program, Golden Gate University School of Law
- Presenter, “Academic Support: What Diverse Prelaw Students Should Expect in Law School,” 2016 LSAC HACU/HBCU/Tribal College Pre-Law Advisor Workshop, “Essentials for Advising Today's Students,” New Orleans, LA (January, 2016.)
- Panelist, “Facilitating Student Diversity: Priming the Pipeline to Law School,” 16th Annual Women and the Law Conference, “Pursuing Excellence: Diversity in Higher Education,” Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (February 5, 2016)
- Panelist, “A Turn To Justice: Examining and Commemorating Brown v. Board and the Civil Rights Act,” American Bar Association: Annual Meeting 2014, Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Boston, Mass. (August 2014)
- Presenter, “Lunch Roundtable on Admissions: Do We Know What Makes a Good Lawyer,” University of Denver College of Law, “SALT/Denver Law Pipeline Conference,” Denver, Colo. (March 2014)
- "Law schools expanding classes to teach students to pass the bar exam", Daily Journal, 02/18/2014
- "Is Two as Good as Three?", Daily Journal, 05/21/2013
- "The State of Law Schools", San Francisco Attorney, 03/01/2010
- Nominee, Board of Trustees, Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). (2016)
- Member, American Bar Association Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline (2015)
- Member, Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee (2015)
- Chair, DiscoverLaw Plus Subcommittee, LSAC Diversity Committee (2015)
- Member, Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee (2013) (2013)
- Chair, LSAC Diversity Retention Workshop Planning Work Group (2014)
- Member, Council for Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline (2013) (2013)