Cunningham promoted to Provost at Charleston School of Law

The Charleston School of Law has promoted Larry Cunningham to Provost, President Ed Bell announced on Wednesday.

“Dean Cunningham has displayed excellent leadership during his tenure at the Charleston School of Law,” said President Bell. “He has expanded programs in and out of the classroom and led the school successfully through the accreditation process which has raised the profile of the school. I look forward to continued success in the future.”

Cunningham was named Dean of Charleston Law in June 2020, bringing a national reputation in legal education, assessment, and student learning to the position. Over the course of his first two years, Cunningham has successfully grown the school nationally, regionally, and locally by implementing strategies including:

Cunningham’s new title will include a shift in responsibilities. As Provost, he will work closely with not only the academic units of the Law School but also Finance and Accounting, Public Safety, Business Operations, and Facilities.

“I am grateful to President Bell for the trust he has placed in me with this new role, and I look forward to continued progress and growth for Charleston School of Law,” said Cunningham.

Cunningham joined Charleston School of Law from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a professor from 2008-2020 and served in several administrative posts, including Dean of Students, Associate Dean for Academics, Vice Dean, and the first Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness.

After clerking for a United States district judge, Cunningham served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was in charge of juvenile delinquency prosecutions and tried numerous cases to verdict. Later, he was an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, where he also coordinated the office’s post-adjudication insanity review cases and served as an on-call homicide duty prosecutor.

Dean Cunningham received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Criminal Procedure Project, Executive Director of the Barristers’ Council, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 2012, he received a Master Certificate in Strategic Organizational Leadership from Villanova University. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt (a process improvement methodology) and admitted to practice law in New York, Texas, and Virginia. He completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research from Sam Houston State University in 2019.


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors second in the country for faculty accessibility (2021)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to about more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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