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Mission & Vision

Dean's Welcome Message

Welcome to Gonzaga Law School! I invite you to review our Mission and Vision Statements, which will help you get to know us better as an institution. Gonzaga Law School’s Jesuit identity gives us many unique advantages as well as solemn commitments. We think you’ll find our humanistic, multidimensional approach to legal education equips students to serve as public intellectuals and leaders in law. Across sectors, graduates of Gonzaga Law School help clients navigate life’s complexities in ethical fashion. Their successes are by design. We take pride in turning passion into practice, so our students can ‘go forth and set the world on fire.’

Dean Jacob H. Rooksby

Portrait of Law School Dean, Jacob Rooksby, J.D., Ph.D.

The Mission of Gonzaga Law

To provide an excellent legal education informed by our humanistic, Jesuit, and Catholic traditions and values.

The Vision of Gonzaga Law

To instill in our graduates the ethical values, substantive knowledge, and practical skills they need to become effective advocates and compassionate counselors. As a humanistic institution, we recognize the essential role of human creativity, intelligence, and initiative in the construction of society and culture. As a Jesuit institution, we are committed to educating the whole person to serve the public good, to engaging in a dialogue with all cultures and religious or ethical traditions, and to pursuing justice. As a Catholic institution, we believe that laws and legal institutions are subject to a moral order which transcends human whim and caprice. As a law school, we are committed to a healthy and respectful environment of free intellectual inquiry and exchange, and the protection of freedom of thought.