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 approximately 180 full-time and part-time faculty (of whom 65 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 business law; climate change; international and comparative law; food law; real estate; and sexual orientation and gender identity law; and it offers academic specializations in business law and policy; critical race studies; entertainment, media, and intellectual property law; law and philosophy; and public interest law and policy. Eight concurrent degree programs allow students to pursue a J.D. along with a degree in African American Studies, American Indian Studies, 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, civil rights and critical race studies, environmental law and policy, criminal law, corporate law, public interest 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.
Ideal candidates 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 and intellectual leadership in the field of law; substantial administrative leadership; success in external and alumni relations and development; an established record of advancing diversity; and 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. One of the world’s preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with more than 4,000 faculty members who teach approximately 40,000 students in the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked among the top institutions nationally for research funding, having generated an average of $1 billion in research grants and contracts annually over the past four years.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to LawDeanSearch@conet.ucla.edu by January 16, 2015. Address inquiries to Traci Considine, manager of executive recruitment in the Office of the Chancellor (310-206-8003).
The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and seeks candidates committed to a campus climate that supports equity and inclusion.