Vice Dean, Administration
Professor of Law
Before returning to Mitchell Hamline in 2021, Professor Jill Bryant served for five years as associate provost and professor of legal studies at Hamline University. She was previously a professor of law and director of Hamline University School of Law’s Business Law Institute, and she also served as director of Hamline Law’s externship program. She has taught a wide range of courses at Hamline Law and Mitchell Hamline, including core courses in corporations, corporate finance, securities regulation, and smaller seminars in corporate ethics and preventive law and corporate practice. Her scholarly research and writing has explored the role of corporate officers in corporate governance, the role of internal lawyers in corporate governance, and the intersection of social science theory and corporate governance.
Professor Bryant also has more than 15 years of corporate law experience. After graduating from Columbia University School of Law in 1983, she worked as in-house counsel to a variety of financial service companies. Prior to teaching at Hamline Law, she was executive vice president, secretary, and general counsel of a financial services company in Minneapolis. Her practice areas included corporate law, governance, corporate disclosures, negotiation of corporate purchase and sale of assets, and financial services.
B.S., 1980, Northwestern University
J.D., 1983, Columbia University School of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law: vice dean, 2023–; professor of law, 2021–, 2015–16; adjunct professor, 2016–21;
Hamline University: associate provost and professor of legal studies, 2016–21
Hamline University School of Law: professor of law, 2012–15; director, Business Law Institute, 2013–15; interim director, Business Law Institute, 2012–13; associate professor, 2008–11; assistant professor, 2005–07; visiting assistant professor 2004–05; legal writing instructor 2001–04
Metris Companies: secretary and executive vice president 1999–2000; general counsel 1996–98
Household International, Prospect Heights, Ill.: assistant general counsel, 1990–96; senior attorney, 1990
Dean Witter Financial Services: assistant general counsel, 1990; senior attorney, 1984–90
Areas of legal expertise
Corporate/business law, governance, and corporate/legal ethics.
Corporations, securities regulation, corporate finance, seminar—business law and ethics.