Valerie Jarrett joining University of Chicago Law School
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Valerie Jarrett, who served as a top adviser to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFive takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Live coverage: Heitkamp faces Cramer in high-stakes North Dakota debate Khashoggi prompts Trump to reconsider human rights in foreign policy MORE, will soon join the University of Chicago’s Law School.

Jarrett will be a distinguished senior fellow, the university announced on Monday, and will work with law students.

“Valerie Jarrett’s experience in the White House, her understanding of issues in law, policy and public service, and her deep personal connections to the University of Chicago will bring extraordinary experience and perspective to our community,” the university’s president, Robert Zimmer, said in a statement.


“I am pleased that her involvement in the Law School and across the University will provide our students, faculty, and community at large the opportunity to learn from and with her, amplified by this rich experience and history."

Jarrett, who served as the vice chair of the university's Board of Trustees before joining the Obama administration, starts her new position on Jan. 1.

“I am both delighted and honored to return to the University of Chicago as a Distinguished Senior Fellow, and embark on this new journey with the students, faculty and wider Chicago community,” Jarrett said in a statement.

“With a rich history, a world-class interdisciplinary program, and a vibrant student experience, I can’t think of a better location to continue my own lifelong learning than the University of Chicago.”