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Tim Swensen

Assistant Dean and Director, Career Services Office


School of Law


Email: Tim Swensen
Phone: 937-229-3214
210 Keller Hall


Tim Swensen joined the University of Dayton School of Law as assistant dean and director of the Career Services Office in 2004. Immediately prior to his appointment he practiced commercial, medical malpractice defense, and real estate litigation in Kansas City with the firm Husch Blackwell (then Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin). He represented a wide range of clients, including Applebees, Hallmark Cards, Aquila, and Kansas City Power & Light. He was also a member of the firm’s recruiting and hiring committees, and the summer associate mentoring program.

As director of the Career Services Office, Dean Swensen counsels students and alumni on utilizing myriad employment resources effectively, networking with attorneys across the nation, and preparing for interviews. He and the CSO staff also review application materials, such as resumes and cover letters, and offer suggested revisions to enable students to market themselves successfully. He also helps students and alumni assess relative strengths and weaknesses, facilitates their exploration of employment preferences, and helps them target potential employers based on those assessments.

Before attending law school at Vanderbilt University, where he served as an editor for the Journal of Transnational Law, class representative on the Student Council, and President of the Honor Council, Dean Swensen was a mental health therapist in Darke County, Ohio and a clinical psychology intern at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Outside of his duties at the Law School, Dean Swensen enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, reading, and freelance writing, and has published essays in the University of Dayton Magazine, Ohio Magazine, the Cup of Comfort anthology, and other outlets.


J.D., Vanderbilt University
M.S., Penn State University
B.A. with highest distinction, Purdue University