Francie Scott (JD ’04) named Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development

Photo of Francie Scott (JD '04), assistant director of Career and Professional Development at the Wake Forest School of Law, outside the Worrell Professional Center

Francie Scott (JD '04)

Francie Scott (JD ’04) has been promoted to fill the new position of Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development. Scott was named interim director of the Office of Career and Professional Development in the May following the departure of Kim Fields, who served as director of the department for 16 years and resigned to spend more time with her family.

“After conducting an open search to fill this key position, it came as no surprise that Francie’s experience and qualifications surpassed those of all other candidates,” said Associate Dean of Students and Administration Ann Gibbs.

Scott has counseled students on all aspects of professional development and career planning.  As Director of Professional Development, she helped create the law school’s innovative Professional Development course, which addresses career planning, professional identity and job search skills.

“During the past six years as Associate Director, Francie has been instrumental in transforming the role of career services from purely administrative to one that is integral to the educational mission of the law school.  At the forefront of this shift is the Professional Development course which she designed and continues to fine-tune in a way that requires our 1L students to mindfully grapple with their professional formation and career paths. Frankly, I cannot imagine anyone who is better positioned to lead our talented OCPD team in our communal mission to develop the next generation of skilled, successful and fulfilled Wake Forest lawyers.”

Scott is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest Law and graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and French. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson (JD ’74), U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  She practiced in the labor and employment section of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, for three years.

In 2008, she left the practice of law to obtain a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her concentration was in nonprofit management.

“When she and her family returned to Winston-Salem, we were fortunate enough to convince her to use her background and talents at the law school as the Assistant Director in our then Career Services Office,” Gibbs added.

Before attending law school, Scott served in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe.  She has authored a treatise chapter on U.S. employment law, published multiple NALP Bulletin articles addressing issues of student professional development, and was a speaker at the 2016 NALP Professional Development Institute in Washington, D.C. She has served as president of the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association and is active in many NALP groups, including the Law Student Professional Development section.

“It’s no secret that I feel deeply loyal to the Wake Forest Law community, and I am thrilled about this opportunity to continue to contribute to the development of young lawyers,” Scott says. “Wake Forest has been in the vanguard of a much-needed shift toward formalizing the process of professional formation in law school. We know that much of students’ development into professionals takes place outside of the classroom, and now we are working to give each student a framework for assessing their personal skills and values, acclimating to the culture of the profession, and ultimately finding the best professional path for each of them.

“I am privileged to take on the leadership of this great team of dedicated professionals and know that we will continue to grow our student-centered initiatives and innovative approach to career planning.”