Carolyn Grose

Professor of Law

“What I love about teaching law is the challenge of helping students become intentionally critical thinkers and actors.I think of this as a two step process.The first step is getting them to ask critical questions about whatever subject I am teaching them — skills, clinic, professional responsibility, family law.The next step is helping them find their identities as powerful actors in the legal system who can and must make choices about the kind of professionals they want to be. The goal of all this, of course, is to show that Law — or The Legal System — doesn’t simply exist out there to be ‘found’, but that it is constructed by people just like us — teachers, students, ordinary citizens, who pay attention and care about improving the lives of everyone around them.”


B.A., 1988, Middlebury College
J.D., 1994 Brooklyn Law School


William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 2011- ;associate professor of law, 2006-2011.

Practitioner in residence, Women and Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University, 2004-2006.

Collaborative law attorney, Divorce Done Differently, 2003-04.

Assistant clinical professor of law, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1999-2004.

Adjunct professor, Western New England College of Law, 1997-99.

Staff attorney, Skadden Fellow, Western Massachusetts Legal Services, 1996-99.

Clerk, Judge Whitman Knapp, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1994-96.

Leadership and Service

Member, Board of Editors, Clinical Law Review; Member, Women and Law Section, Association of American Law Schools; Sexual Orientation Section, Association of American Law Schools; Member, Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors.