Rosa Castello

Professor of Legal WritingAssociate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation
J.D. St. John's University School of LawM.S.N. M.G.H. Institute of Health ProfessionsB.A. Boston University

Rosa Castello is Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation and Professor of Legal Writing. She currently teaches Legal Writing I & II, Legal Research, and other upper-level writing courses. Professor Castello is the co-faculty advisor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development and faculty advisor for the Commercial Division Online Law Report.

Professor Castello has presented at several national and regional legal academia conferences on topics including integrating skills and doctrine and assessment and law school culture. Her scholarship focuses on legal writing pedagogy and assessment.

Professor Castello was in private practice as a litigation associate at the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and taught legal writing for one year as an adjunct professor at New York Law School. She is a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of St. John's School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. After law school, she was a clerk for the Honorable William C. Connor of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Rachel H. Smith & Rosa Castello, The Kids Are Alright, The Second Draft, Volume 35, No, 3 (Dec. 7, 2022).

The New Skill on the Block: Using Social Media in the Law School Classroom to Facilitate Learning, 45 S. Ill. U. L.J. 393 (Aug 2021)

Two’s Company. Three’s a Crowd Sourcing Activity?, 29 Perspectives Teaching Legal Research and Writing 15 (Sept 2021)

Finding Balance: Using Employment Law Problems to Achieve Multiple Learning Goals in Persuasive Legal Writing, 47 Southern University Law Review, 177 (2019).

Incorporating Social Justice into the Law School Curriculum with a Hybrid/Writing Course, 50 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 221 (Winter 2017).


Academic Integrity and Technology: What to Do About AI with Christine Lazaro, AALS 2024 Annual Meeting, panel sponsored by Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research, Co-Sponsored by Education Law, January 4, 2024

Right Out of the Gate: Developing Issue Spotting Skills in First Semester Legal Writing to Prepare Students for the NextGen Bar Exam with Rachel Paras, New England Legal Writing Conference: The Future of Legal Education is Golden, sponsored by Suffolk University Law School, November 2, 2023

The Implication of Dobbs for Access to Abortion Across the U.S., Faculty Panel on Dobbs, St. John’s School of Law, June 30, 2022

A Legal Educator’s Friend or Foe? Should Law Professors Embrace Writing in 140 Character Blurbs, Penn State Law School, SALT Conference: Legal Education for a Changing Society, Oct. 2018.

Teaching Social Justice and Activism in the Classroom and Outside the Classroom, The John Marshall Law School, SALT Teaching Conference Sept. 2016.