Job Announcement: Dean of the School of Law

November 10, 2009

Dean of the School of Law
University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the UCLA School of Law.

Founded in 1949, the UCLA School of Law is the youngest of the top 20 law schools in the country and is committed to advancing the field of law through strong traditions of progressive teaching, influential scholarship and innovation.  One of UCLA’s 11 professional schools, the school has 154 full-time and part-time faculty (of whom 60 are tenure track) who teach approximately 1,100 students enrolled in Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) programs.  The school houses many research centers in such areas as climate change, human rights law, intellectual property, public policy, real estate, and sexual orientation law and offers academic specializations in business law and policy, critical race studies, entertainment and media law and policy, law and philosophy, and public interest law.  Nine concurrent degree programs allow students to pursue a J.D. along with a degree in Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Education, Management, Philosophy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning.  UCLA law faculty are recognized worldwide for their contributions to scholarship, teaching and law reform in a broad spectrum of fields that have significant societal impact – including constitutional law, environmental law and policy, criminal law, corporate law, employment law, international law and intellectual property.

As the chief executive and academic officer for the school, the dean sets the standard for intellectual engagement and accomplishment by providing strategic vision for and operational leadership of the academic programs.  The dean works to advance legal scholarship and education – promoting initiatives within and outside UCLA; enhancing excellence through diversity in educational programs and faculty and student recruitment; and linking the work of law faculty and students to other disciplines, communities, and interests within and outside the academy.  He/she serves as the school’s public voice, articulating its contributions to local, state, regional, national and international communities and pursuing an aggressive development program to build the school’s resources.  Reporting to the executive vice chancellor and provost, he/she serves on the deans council and the council of professional school deans, collaborating with the chancellor, executive vice chancellor and provost, vice chancellors and vice provosts, deans and department chairs at UCLA and across the University of California system.

The successful candidate will be nationally recognized with demonstrated leadership and administrative experience and a strong commitment to legal education and scholarship.  Minimum requirements include a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment in the field of law; substantial administrative leadership; proven success or potential in alumni relations and external fundraising; a record of advancing diversity; and intellectual credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor.

Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California.  It is among the most distinguished research institutions in the world, public or private, with more than 4,000 faculty members who teach 39,984 students in the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools and who in 2008-09 generated more than $966 million in research contracts and grants.  UCLA is an international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs.  As one of the leading public research universities in the world, UCLA is consistently ranked nationally in the top five institutions for research funding.  Five UCLA alumni and five faculty members have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  To be ensured full consideration, please forward a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to by January 31, 2010 (electronic submission preferred).  Address inquiries to John F. Amer, Esq., Client Partner – Korn/Ferry International (310-556-8577).

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.