Professor Heather Gerkin has been named the new Dean of Yale Law, effective this summer. Gerkin, who holds a JD from Michigan, joined the Yale Law faculty in 2006. She is the first woman to lead the law school.
Dean Rachel Van Cleave has announced that, at the end of this school year, she will step down from the deanship at Golden Gate University Law. Van Cleave has served as Dean since 2012, having previously held the position on an interim basis.
Dean Kellye Testy has announced that she will step down after eight years as the Dean of the University of Washington School of Law, effective at the end of the academic year. Testy was the President of the AALS in 2016.
The ABA House of Delegates vote on the proposed new bar passage standard for law schools, ABA Standard 316, at the ABA mid-year meeting this week in Miami. This is an enormously important vote with significant repercussions for legal education and the legal profession. I strongly support the proposed standard and urge those with a vote to approve it.
Since 2010, law school applications have dropped about 40%. In an effort to fill classes, the overwhelming majority of law schools, even our most selective institutions, have lowered their admissions standards. This has meant that it is much easier to get into an elite law school than it has been in decades. As top 20 schools have accepted students that, in a more competitive era, used to go to top 50 schools, top 50 schools are now admitting students that used to go to the schools ranked from 50-100. In turn, these second-tier schools are taking the kinds of students who used to attend third-tier schools, and third-tier schools are actively recruiting students with grades and test scores that would have landed them at an unranked fourth-tier school five years ago. But for the fourth-tier schools, those in the bottom quarter by selectivity, there was no lower-tier of schools from which to cherry pick students. These schools, many of which characterize themselves as “opportunity” schools, were already admitting many moderate to high risk students and had little, if any, room to go lower. Their admissions standards, in most cases, used to be carefully and honestly calibrated to admit only students with a reasonable chance of success in law school on the bar. In 2010, with perhaps a couple of exceptions, almost all ABA-Accredited law schools were complying in reasonably good faith with ABA Standard for Admissions 501, which mandates that a law school “shall not admit applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing its educational program and being admitted to the bar.” Because law schools, by and large, followed this stricture, a very high percentage of students who were admitted to law school completed their degree and passed the bar. So, in 2013 (when most students who started in 2010 took the bar), 81% of graduates of ABA-Accredited Law Schools passed the bar exam on their first try. Even in California, infamous for the difficulty of its bar exam, 71% of ABA grads passed on their first attempt.
Sadly, it is no longer the case that almost all law schools are complying in good faith with Standard 501. Dozens of law schools are now admitting substantial numbers of students at very high or extremely high risk of failure. As a direct result of significant declines in admission standards, law school attrition rates are up, and law school bar passage rates are way down. At a few of the least selective law schools, fewer than one in three students who start law school can expect to graduate and pass the bar the on the first try, and many will never pass, leaving them saddled with huge debt and little prospect of earning enough to recoup their investment. That is unacceptable in a profession that purports to hold itself to high ethical standards, and it fuels the increasingly widespread perception that law school is a scam.
The ABA Standards on Admission and Bar Passage are supposed to work in concert. The Admission standard is a non-exploitation standard. It is designed to ensure that students without a reasonable chance of success are not taken advantage of by schools willing to take their tuition. The Bar Passage standard is designed to ensure that students get what they are promised and what they are paying for – a legal education that adequately prepares them for the practice of law and gives them the knowledge and skills required to earn admission to the bar.
If a law school admits only applicants who are capable of earning a J.D. and passing the bar, and the law school is providing those students a sound legal education, designed, at least in part, to prepare students to pass the bar, then a school should have a bar pass rate where a substantial majority of students pass the bar. Based on my analysis of recent pass rates for repeat takers, a law school with a 60% first time pass rate will be able to meet the new standard of 75% passing within two years of graduation. Every ABA-Accredited law school in America should have at least a 60% first time bar pass rate. But right now, many don’t. And that is why there is significant opposition to the new standard. Nearly half the law school Deans in the country recently signed a letter asking the ABA to hold off on the new standard. Many of these Deans have good reason to be worried. The Deans know that the weakest class ever admitted to most law schools was the class of 2014, the class about to graduate and take the bar this summer. And at many schools, the classes of 2015 and 2016 were just as weak or weaker. Based on the results on the bar exams in 2015 and 2016, and the strength of the classes in the pipeline, between 20 to 30 law schools will likely have a first-time bar pass rate in 2017 of below 60%, placing them in jeopardy of not making 75% within two years.
The fact that a number of law schools are likely to be unable to meet the standard is not a reason to defer or withdraw the standard. The standard needs to be made tougher immediately because the current standard has proven completely ineffective as a means of regulating either admissions or the quality of legal education. In fact, while bar passage rates have dropped sharply over the past three years, with many law schools posting first-time pass rates well below 50%, not a single ABA-Accredited law school has been found to be out of compliance with the current Standard 316 during that time.
The ABA has recently started to crack down on law schools with exploitative admissions standards, ordering specific remedial action at Ave Maria, publicly censuring Valparaiso, and placing Charlotte on probation for non-compliance with Standard 501. In addition, the ABA declined initially to grant provisional accreditation to UNT in part over concern about non-compliance with Standard 501. But these actions have not deterred many other schools from admitting students with similar credentials to those that the ABA has found did not meet Standard 501. In fact, as detailed in a just-released update to Law School Transparency’s State of Legal Education, there are more law schools than ever admitting 25% or more of very high and extremely high risk students. This suggests that until there is an effective bar passage standard, the risk of continued exploitative admissions practices remains high.
In their last ditch effort to derail the passage of this new standard, the Deans have cited the results of the July 2016 California bar exam, noting that schools with strong admission standards and good reputations, like UC Hastings and Chapman, had first-time pass rates in the 50s, which would place them in jeopardy of not meeting the new standard. But what the Deans fail to mention is that graduates of a law school with much lower admission standards, Cal Western, had a first time pass rate of 61%. Cal Western’s entering class of 2013 had an LSAT profile of 154/151/148 at the 75th/50th and 25th percentile. Cal Western’s results prove that a school can admit a reasonable number of high risk students (but not very high or extremely high) and still achieve respectable results on even the toughest bar exam. Incidentally, Cal Western has a very diverse student body, with 36% of students in 2013 identifying as racial minorities. Dire predictions that the new bar passage standard will do grave harm to efforts to diversify the profession are unsupported.
The exploitation of college graduates who dream of becoming lawyers, but have no demonstrated aptitude for the study of law, needs to stop. Law school is not for everyone. Law schools should admit only students with reasonable capacity for the study of law, and give them an education which gives them a strong chance to pass the bar. If they can't do this, they don't deserve to be accredited by the ABA.
Wayne State University in Detroit invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Law School. The successful candidate will be an energetic, enthusiastic leader with demonstrated abilities in fundraising, promoting scholarship and faculty development, enhancing and retaining relationships with alumni and other members of the legal community, fostering innovation in legal education, and increasing diversity. Candidates must hold a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, be qualified for tenure and appointment as a full professor.
Wayne State University Law School’s strengths include an exceptionally productive and well-regarded faculty; a diverse, highly credentialed student body; and alumni who embody the leadership of Michigan’s legal community. More of Michigan's judges and top lawyers are graduates of Wayne than of any other law school. With recent improvements in national rankings, enrollment, graduate employment, and bar passage rates, Wayne Law is well-positioned to further elevate its national stature. Wayne State University seeks a Dean who will energetically pursue this upward trajectory.
Wayne State University holds the Carnegie Foundation’s top top classification for research activity. Its campus is located in the Cultural Center of Detroit, near the nation’s busiest international border and at the heart of a metropolitan area of over four million residents that is Michigan’s legal, cultural, and commercial hub.
The full position description is available at http://www.law.wayne.edu. Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations for the position should be sent by e-mail to the Dean Search Committee c/o Korn Ferry at WayneLaw@KornFerry.com.
To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2017. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. Please direct any questions to the Search Committee c/o Korn Ferry by email.
Applications for the position must be submitted via the University’s online application system. Please visit http://jobs.wayne.edu to view the complete job posting and submit an online application. Refer to posting number F96764.
Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Michael Hunter Schwartz, the outgoing Dean of the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Law, has accepted a new position as the Dean of University of Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. He will take over from Dean Jay Mootz on July 1.
Rachel Janutis, who served as interim dean of Capital University School of Law, has had the "interim" tag removed. The University named her permanent dean this week. Janutis, a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, joined the Capital faculty in 2002.
There's some exciting news today out of my old home in West Philly. Dan Filler has been named the next dean at Drexel Law School. Cribbing now from Drexel president John Fry's announcement:
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel M. Filler as the new dean of Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Professor Filler, 54, currently is the Kline School’s Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. As an inaugural member of the faculty in 2006, he helped with the formative development of the School. In his new leadership role, Dan brings a wealth of legal practice experience, in addition to 18 years in teaching.
Dan was chosen from a list of excellent finalists after a national search by the firm Korn Ferry, which specializes in law school deanship searches. We thank Dr. James Herbert, chair, and the members of the search committee comprised of faculty, students, alumni and members of the judicial community for their service and such a wonderful outcome.
As a practitioner, legal scholar and academic, Dan enjoys the highest respect from colleagues in the legalcommunity. They view him as someone who builds networks, encourages collegiality and brings out the best in new scholars and teachers, helping them develop and find their footing in the classroom and in scholarship. Those qualities are well-known by the Kline School of Law faculty and professional staff, who were actively engaged in the search for a new dean.
Working in collaboration with founding dean Roger Dennis, Dan has helped expand the law school’s LLM program, which trains international lawyers about the U.S. legal system, the Global JD program for lawyers from abroad who plan to sit for an American bar exam, and online Master of Legal Studies, which recently joined an exclusive group of law schools in receiving accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board.
As a scholar, Dan’s work has focused on issues relating to juvenile justice, sex-offender community notification, and the death penalty. His scholarship has appeared in some the nation’s top law journals and his trailblazing work on Megan’s Law was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining Drexel, Dan was a professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he established the school's Capital Defense Clinic. During that time, he chaired the American Bar Association’s assessment of the fairness and accuracy of the Alabama death penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court cited the report that resulted from that assessment in a 2012 ruling that favored a death-row inmate in Alabama. Pennsylvania leaders looked to Dan for his expertise on capital punishment in 2012, appointing him to the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. He has been a leader in the legal academic community, serving as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Humanities and on the executive board of several other AALS sections.
Dan also has been a leading commentator on legal education, creating in 2008 The Faculty Lounge blog, which quickly became one of the go-to blogs in the legal academic community. In addition to logging millions of visits, The Faculty Lounge has been a three-time winner of the American Bar Association’s Blawg 100 award.
Dan earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his JD from New York University School of Law after serving as an editor for the New York University Law Review and winning the Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition. Dan clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, on the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and worked for The Bronx Defenders and the Defender Association of Philadelphia following two years at the internationally renowned law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton.
This is an exciting time for the Kline School of Law, which welcomed its tenth class in August. Thanks to the magnificent gift from noted trial attorney Thomas R. Kline, students soon will be able to hone their advocacy skills in a unique setting — the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy, housed in a renovated historic building at 1200 Chestnut Street.
While we welcome Dan to his new role, effective Jan. 1, we are profoundly grateful to Roger Dennis for putting Kline Law on such a successful path during a difficult period in American legal education. Throughout his tenure as dean, Roger has remained the driving force behind this innovative and successful institution.
We are confident that, under his leadership, Drexel’s Kline School of Law will realize its enormous potential to advance legal education. Please join us in congratulating Dan.
Temple University invites applications and nominations for the position of dean, Beasley School of Law. The dean is the chief administrative officer and chief academic officer of the law school and a tenured member of the faculty. Appointed by the president, the dean reports to and works with the provost. Candidates should have a J.D. degree and a strong record of scholarship, teaching, and service to the profession. The dean will be charged with maintaining the school’s commitment to access and excellence; garnering resources to support academic endeavors; continuing to develop the Law School's curriculum; and supporting the faculty’s commitment to scholarship and classroom teaching excellence. In light of Temple’s longstanding commitment to diversity, we particularly encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups.
The University A Carnegie classified Doctoral University/Highest Research Activity institution, Temple is the 32nd largest university in the U.S. and one of the nation’s leading centers of professional education. The University’s 17 schools and colleges, eight campuses, over 500 degree programs, and over 39,000 students combine to create one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments.
The Law School Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. The 58-member full-time faculty is dedicated to maintaining its outstanding record of scholarship while preparing students to enter and continue in the legal profession with the highest level of skill possible. The School seeks to maintain and strengthen its longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity in order to pursue the goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law. Temple Law’s diverse and talented students bring a wide range of interests and backgrounds to their study of law, arriving from 113 undergraduate schools and 25 states and countries. Selected through a highly individualized admissions process from an applicant pool of nearly 2,000 applicants, the law school student body is nationally competitive. The J.D. program serves students through both day and evening divisions.
Temple University has engaged Heidrick & Struggles, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Review of applications will start immediately. Please direct applications, nominations and inquiries to:
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Dean Eric Lane of Hofstra Law has announced he will step down at the end of December. Lane joined the faculty in 1976 and has served as Dean since 2013. Judge Gail Prudenti, who recently joined the law school in 2015 as Executive Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law and Senior Associate Dean for Operations, has been named Interim Dean. The school will conduct a search next year.
Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz has announced he will step down as the Dean of the University of Arkansas - Little Rock law school at the end of the school year. He joined UALR as dean in July 2013.
According to one source, he is being forced out for political reasons, because of an email he sent to students after the election offering counseling to those upset by the results. A colleague of Schwartz's, Robert Steinbuch, who previously tussled with Schwartz over diversity in admissions, explained to Heatstreet:
If you tell people every time they lose they’re entitled to counseling, you elevate the perceived level of wrong beyond what it is. Most assuredly, Democrats are disappointed a Republican won. I recall when the Democratic Party won the Presidency twice each of the previous two elections. I knew plenty of people who were disappointed at that time, but I didn’t know anybody that needed grief counseling. I think when we tell people that they need some form of grief counseling we are normalizing hysteria and suggesting there’s something immoral or wrong about our democratic process.
The University of Akron invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Akron School of Law is a public law school of approximately 450 students, with both full-time and part-time programs, and opportunities to begin study in either the Fall or the Spring. The school offers the J.D., five joint-degree programs, an LL.M. in Intellectual Property, and various certificate programs for both J.D. and non-J.D. students. Since its founding in 1921, the school has graduated over 6,300 men and women. The school has historically embraced a strong commitment to teaching and public service in the community.
Akron Law has recently experienced tremendous upward trajectories in admissions in terms of applications, selectivity, yield, and the size and quality of the incoming class. The employment rate for graduates is above the national average. The school boasts several Centers with opportunities for students to distinguish themselves in their education and practice-ready preparation: a Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology; a Constitutional Law Center, one of only four such centers established by Congress; and the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility. The Akron trial advocacy program also consistently ranks among the top in the nation. Clinical programs in a wide variety of areas have won awards recently for their excellence and innovation, and new clinical programs continue to be added under growing faculty numbers and associations with outside practitioners. Akron Law and its programs have been showered over the past year with national recognition, including a #7 ranking for training prosecutors and public defenders, an “A” grade for our Intellectual Property program, a Top 50 ranking in 2015-16 from Above The Law, a Top 25 recognition for bar exam preparation, and a Top 8 rating for affordable living and quality of education. Akron Law also continues to be recognized as a Best Value school.
The C. Blake McDowell Law Center building has been undergoing a $21 million renovation which will be completed by summer 2017. The new building and renovated space features a large state-of-the-art courtroom, several large tiered classrooms, seminar classrooms with moveable furniture, additional study space as well as collaborative space for both students and faculty, and improved space for career services, academic success, and the clinics. Akron Law also values its global partnerships. The school hosts international visiting scholars, offers courses focused on global lawyering skills that include students from across the world, and runs a two-country, three-city, four-week study abroad program in Japan & South Korea. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Law and provides leadership in ensuring academic excellence; supports faculty in achieving and maintaining excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in community service; cultivates strong alumni and external relationships; and engages in extensive fund-raising activities. The Dean reports to the Senior Vice President and Provost/Chief Operating Officer and serves on the University's leadership team.
Candidates for the deanship should have an earned law degree from an ABA-accredited law school; credentials commensurate with appointment as Professor of Law with tenure; and a record of outstanding accomplishment in legal education or an equivalent record of accomplishment in comparable fields. The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated recruitment, outreach, and fund-raising skills; a record of achievement in support of inclusive excellence, diversity, and consensus-building; proven ability to create trust and good working relationships with all constituencies; and a strong vision for the future of legal education and The University of Akron School of Law, as well as the ability to lead the School of Law in the realization of such vision. The new Dean of The University of Akron School of Law will be expected to continue the school’s recent trend of excellence in terms of growth in admissions and success in job placements for graduates.
For complete details and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.uakron.edu/jobs/, Job #5830. In addition to the online application, letters of application should address the qualifications listed above, and should be accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for five references. Position nominations should be directed to School of Law Dean Search Committee, care of Peggy Walchalk, Office of the Dean, Williams Honors College, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 44325-1803, or via e-mail. Additional information about the programs and services of The University of Akron School of Law is available at http://www.uakron.edu/law/. The University of Akron is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.
From an email message which I received earlier today:
Duquesne University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The individual appointed will succeed Interim Dean Maureen Lally-Green. The previous dean, Ken Gormley, was inaugurated this fall as Duquesne’s 13th President.
Founded in 1911, the School of Law employs around 32 full-time faculty and enrolls approximately 400 students. It offers full- and part-time day programs as well as an evening program – all three of which lead to the J.D. degree. Additional courses of study include an LL.M. for foreign lawyers, the Paralegal Institute (recognized as among the best such programs in the nation) and a number of joint degree programs. Since its establishment, the school has enjoyed an excellent relationship with the bench and the bar. Additional information may be found at a Web site developed specifically for this search process: www.law.duq.edu/deansearch.
Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, and describes itself as Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Its Mission Statement commits the university to “serving God by serving students.” Applicants for the deanship of the School of Law should expect to be asked how they might support and contribute to this mission.
Candidates must be eligible to hold a senior tenured appointment in the School of Law, document an outstanding record as a legal scholar and educator, and possess demonstrated administrative and leadership skills. The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of diverse constituencies is also a prerequisite.
Based on a solid record of achievement, the successful candidate will have established a reputation for high personal integrity, honesty and trustworthiness as well as the potential to excel in the following areas:
Sustaining and enhancing the rising reputation of the School of Law regionally, nationally and internationally
Fostering the academic and professional development of students
Supporting members of the faculty in their teaching, scholarship and service
Leading the faculty in introducing curricular and programmatic innovations that enhance learning
Monitoring and responding to advances in the field of legal education, both generally and as reflected in ABA and AALS accreditation standards
Effectively managing the school’s finances and administrative operations in the context of today’s dynamic and challenging environment for legal education
Building and maintaining bridges between the school and the communities that surround it, with special attention to issues of social justice and service to marginalized populations
Maintaining and strengthening positive relationships with alumni and alumnae, the bar and the bench.
The dean reports to the provost and is a key member of the senior leadership team in Academic Affairs. In this capacity, the dean is expected to collaborate with the Office of University Advancement in raising funds for the university as well as for the school, and to support the university’s commitment to diversity as one of a number of goals articulated in its Strategic Plan
Duquesne University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse administration, faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic mission and enriches our campus community. As a charter member of the Ohio, Western PA and West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples. Motivated by our Catholic and Spiritan identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.
Nominations. Nominations of well qualified individuals may be directed to search committee chair, the Honorable Maureen Kelly at LawSearch@duq.edu.
Applications. Duquesne’s Division of Academic Affairs uses Interfolio to collect electronically all faculty and administrative job applications. Candidates should submit a detailed letter of application that is responsive to this announcement, a current Curriculum Vitae, and the names, relationships to the candidate, and contact information for five references. (References will not be contacted until the final stages of the selection process and even then, only after the candidate has been notified.) Applications should be submitted to: https://apply.interfolio.com/39218.
The review of applications will begin on January 6, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Mercer University seeks an outstanding individual to become the next Dean of the School of Law. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the Law School and reports directly to the Provost of the University. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.
Mercer University School of Law is a private law school located in Macon, Georgia with some programs on the University’s Atlanta campus. Founded in 1873, the School of Law was approved by the ABA in 1925 and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It has a student body of approximately 400 J.D. students, a living alumni base of over 6,000, and a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation in legal education.
Candidates must have a J.D. from an accredited college or university and a distinguished record appropriate for appointment as a tenured law professor. The successful candidate will be an accomplished and recognized leader in the legal profession who can build upon the Law School’s strengths and engage faculty, staff, students, and alumni in developing and implementing a vision for the future of the School of Law. He or she will have a demonstrated commitment to legal education and the legal profession; possess strong interpersonal skills; and maintain the highest standards of personal integrity. The candidate should be prepared to lead an institution that places emphasis on intellectual rigor, practical skills, professional relationships, and ethics and professionalism, and will be qualified to lead the faculty in fulfilling its commitment to teaching, research, and service. The candidate should have a record of achievement in administrative leadership, strategic planning, budgeting and resource allocation, and possess the ability to be successful in alumni outreach and fundraising. Because Mercer University and the Law School seek to foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Interested candidates should complete an online application at www.mercerjobs.com and attach a letter of interest and a current CV. All correspondence and inquiries should be emailed to the Dean Search Committee c/o Karen A. Batts, Office of the Dean of the School of Law, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2016. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.
Dean Wendy Scott has announced that she will step down as Dean of the Mississippi College of Law, effective December 1. She has served in the position since August of 2014. An Interim Dean is expected to be named shortly.
THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications and nominations for the position of President and Dean of the Law School. The next President and Dean must possess integrity as well as high academic and personal standards, be energetic and persistent in the pursuit of excellence, and be enthusiastic about the Law School’s values and mission. The successful candidate will bring passion, insight, and expertise to advancing the Law School’s educational and scholarly missions and to managing and further developing a dynamic and maturing institution of higher education.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law is an independent, fully ABA-approved, AALS member law school located in the heart of San Diego, California. The Law School enrolls more than 500 diverse and engaged law students from across the nation and throughout the world in its J.D., LL.M, J.S.M., and J.S.D. programs. It offers full-time, part-time, day, evening, and online programs, as well as a joint J.D.-M.B.A. program in collaboration with San Diego State University. The dynamic, diverse, and highly productive faculty is characterized by its deep commitment to teaching and scholarship. Since the spring of 2011, the Law School has occupied a new, technologically advanced, eight-story, 177,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in the East Village area of downtown San Diego.
John Marshall Law School in Chicago has announced that Dean Darby Dickerson of Texas Tech Law will be its new Dean. She will take over on January 1. Dickerson, who holds a JD from Vanderbilt, joined Texas Tech as its Dean in 2011.