Mark E. Hoch

Assistant Dean for Academic Success

Mark E. Hoch joined the Charleston School of Law in August 2009 as the first-ever assistant dean for academic success. Previously he was an assistant professor of professional practice at the Louisiana State University Law Center, where he taught legal research and writing, persuasion and oral advocacy, and academic success to US and international students. While at LSU Law he also directed the graduate and international exchange programs, coached the Jessup International Law Moot Court team, and consulted for the Court Rules Committee of the Louisiana Supreme Court on statewide rules unification.

Before LSU Law, Dean Hoch taught for several years in the Academic Success Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and in the Basic Legal Skills Program of the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, he twice served as a judicial law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was a professional mediator in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dean Hoch received his bachelor's degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado and his paralegal certification with honors from the Denver Paralegal Institute. Before entering law school, Hoch was a paralegal, private detective, and court-appointed criminal investigator. He obtained his law degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a Fellow of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and on the editorial boards of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and the Human Rights Quarterly. He also studied at the Hague Academy of International Law of the World Court. Subsequently, Dean Hoch received a master's degree in law (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law.

A certified teacher of English as a Second Language, Dean Hoch incorporates second language acquisition with legal education and has regularly taught international lawyers in the USA and abroad. Recently, he has received national attention for melding law teaching and modern technology, especially pioneering the use of digital video annotation software for web-based, interactive feedback on law student oral arguments.