The University of Connecticut School of Law has appointed an interim dean to temporarily fill the position left open by the recent departure of Jeremy Paul, who left this month to take a new job.

Professor Willajeanne F. McLean was chosen to be interim dean effective immediately, law school officials said Tuesday. McLean teaches courses in trademarks, European Union law, and Torts, as well as a seminar on Intellectual Property law in the European Union.

The provost’s office at the university is overseeing the selection process to find a permanent dean. A search committee will be assembled October, with interviews to be held in December. Administrators said they hope to have a new dean appointed some time next year.

Paul announced his resignation from UConn in March, but at that time said he planned to stay on through the end of the 2012-13 academic year. But in late July, Paul announced he was leaving when he was named law school dean at Northeastern University in Boston.