Devin Kinyon

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Office of Academic & Bar Success

Professor Kinyon directs Santa Clara’s Office of Academic & Bar Success.  He oversees the first-year Critical Lawyering Skills 1 course, upper-division Directed Study and UP Point advising, the Legal Analysis course, and Bar Exam preparation at the Law School, including Advanced Legal Writing: The Bar Exam.  Professor Kinyon has an active counseling portfolio.  He meets with students on a range of issues, including: transitioning to law school, effective learning strategies, exam-writing, and preparation for the Bar Exam.  Professor Kinyon teaches the Bar Exam Planning WorkshopProperty, and Community Property.  He is the co-director of programming for first-generation students, and advises the LGBTQ+ and older student/second career law student organization.

Prior to coming to Santa Clara, Professor Kinyon worked in service-learning, leadership development, and transitional programs at UC Berkeley. As a law student, he represented low-wage workers in USF’s Employment Law Clinic, and received CALI Awards for Excellence in Poverty Law and Rebellious Lawyering seminars. He has also taught at USF, which awarded him the 2023 Hon. Ira A. Brown Adjunct Faculty Award.


J.D., University of San Francisco, certificate in Public Interest Law with honors

M.A., University of San Francisco School of Education

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Specialization

California Bar Exam

Labor and Employment Law

Law School Exam Writing

Public Interest Lawyering


Affiliations and Honors

Member and Former Chair, California State Bar’s Law School Council

Admitted to the State Bar of California

Member, Association of Academic Support Educators

Member, Alameda County Bar Association

Member, BALIF (Bay Area LGBT lawyers group)

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation