Joining the Faculty in 2021, Professor Hoch brought to the UNT Dallas College of Law over 20 years of legal education teaching and program-building experiences from several law schools, including as the Assistant Dean of Academic Success at the Charleston School of Law. As the Director of the Office of Academic Success and Bar Readiness, he leads an outstanding team dedicated to achieving the highest levels of student skills development, academic excellence, and bar performance through classroom and one-on-one engagement, and in collaboration with Faculty and other Offices throughout the law school.
In keeping with the mission of the College of Law, Professor Hoch focuses his primary research on innovating legal education through enhanced expertise training (deliberate practice methods and learning strategies combined with meaningful individualized feedback) and using principles of Second Language Acquisition theory to unlock the potential of each and every student and graduate, especially “at-risk” individuals and those persons with learning challenges.
Before coming to UNTD Law, Professor Hoch had a very varied career in both the state and federal court systems. From starting as a paralegal, private investigator, and court-appointed criminal investigator along the Front Range of Colorado, he went on to resolve disputes as a Mediator for the Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Ohio court system, twice aid the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones as a Judicial Law Clerk on the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, help unify court rules as a Consulting Attorney to the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Court Rules Committee, and most recently to work with a major plaintiff’s law firm on the nationwide Multidistrict Opioid Litigation.
In all his endeavors, Professor Hoch has continuously embodied Justice Holmes’ famous adage that the “life of the law” is experience, which he happily passes on to the next generation of legal professionals.