Professor Joe Brennan is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Academic Success Program. He joined the VLS faculty in 2015. Prior to joining VLS, Professor Brennan was a member of the Student Success faculty at Charlotte School of Law. He began his legal career as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Edwin H. Stern, P.J.A.D, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Following his clerkship, Professor Brennan was a civil defense litigation attorney at Graham Curtin law firm in Morristown, New Jersey. His practice focused on product liability, premises liability, personal injury, complex litigation, employment law, breach of contract, fraud, and claims brought under the Uniform Commercial Code.
Professor Brennan received his undergraduate degree in history, cum laude, with minors in biology and philosophy from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated as a member of St. Joseph's Honors Program. Following undergraduate studies, he served as an AmeriCorps teacher at St. Malachy School in Philadelphia.
Professor Brennan received his law degree, cum laude, with distinction as a Chancellor's Scholar and Distinguished Public Interest Scholar, from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. While in law school, Professor Brennan was an Academic Support Program Teaching Fellow and Legal Education Opportunities Teaching Fellow. He also designed and taught an LSAT preparation course for Seton Hall Law School's Pre-Legal Program and served as Vice-President of the Student Outreach Society.
Professor Brennan currently teaches Bar Exam Skills & Tactics, Foundations of Legal Analysis, Introduction to Law & Policy, Legal Methods, and Legal Writing I. He is the BLSA faculty advisor and the 2017-2018 Student Bar Association Faculty Service Award winner. He is a member of the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania bars.