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Susan Stephan

Susan Stephan
Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs & Adjunct Professor of Law


  • J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 1992
  • M.A., New York University
  • Online Distance Learning Postbaccalaureate Certificate, University of Minnesota
  • B.S., Northwestern University

Susan Hayes Stephan serves as Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs and Adjunct Professor at NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law.

As Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs, Stephan is responsible for substantial aspects of the law school’s online and non-JD graduate educational programs, including accreditation and university compliance; program expansion; and supervision of marketing, admissions, student services, career development, and the teaching and learning process.

Prior to returning to legal education, Stephan practiced law beginning in 1992 with a focus on entity formation, intellectual property rights, partnership and employment agreements, vendor contracts, workers’ compensation, ecommerce transactions, and general corporate matters on behalf of individual and business clients. She has counseled many creative clients and entrepreneurs on business structures and compliance issues. Stephan is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law section and Cyberspace Law Committee as well as the AALS Section of Technology, Law, and Legal Education; she also is a past Chair of the Art and Entertainment Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Stephan has taught as adjunct law faculty since 2001 in areas including antitrust, intellectual property, music copyright, law and popular culture, federal privacy, technology and privacy in the workplace, labor and employment, workers’ compensation, and law and economics. Stephan graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 1992. She received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts from New York University, and a Certificate in Online Distance Education from the University of Minnesota.

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