Sally McCarthy


Assistant Dean (J.D. Academic Services)

B.A., Bowdoin College; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

Sally McCarthy manages the J.D. Academic Services Office at Georgetown Law.   Dean McCarthy is responsible for planning and implementing the largest curriculum of any law...

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Sally McCarthy manages the J.D. Academic Services Office at Georgetown Law.   Dean McCarthy is responsible for planning and implementing the largest curriculum of any law school in the United States.  She works closely with the Law Center’s full-time and visiting J.D. faculty on course planning and curriculum development and assists with the oversight of the school’s large J.D. adjunct faculty.  Her office is the primary provider of academic counseling for J.D. students and also collaborates with the faculty in drafting and implementing all academic policies affecting J.D. students.  The J.D. Academic Services Office runs the first-year Law in a Global Context program and manages the Law Center’s twelve joint degree programs.  In 2012, she was nominated by her colleagues and students to receive the Law Center’s David J. McCarthy, Jr. Award for excellence in administration and service.

Dean McCarthy joined the Law Center in 2001 as the Director, J.D. Academic Services.  Before coming to Georgetown, she was a lawyer at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in Washington, DC.  At NLCHP, she ran the Homeless Children’s Advocacy Project, which focused on ensuring access for homeless children to their school of origin.  In particular, she researched and traveled throughout the U.S. to investigate the use of “shelter schools” to educate homeless children who had been denied access to their local public schools because of their lack of permanent housing.  She was the author of a report, “Separate and Unequal,” which received national attention and led to better enforcement of homeless children’s rights under federal law to access their local public schools.

Prior to her work in Washington, Dean McCarthy was a staff attorney with MFY Legal Services in Manhattan where she worked to ensure housing stability and access to health care for mentally ill adults in all five boroughs of New York City.  Her first job out of law school was as an attorney at the Legal Action Center in New York City, where she worked on the settlement of a successful employment discrimination suit against the New York City Transit Authority.

Dean McCarthy received her B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.