Dean - School of Law - Saint Louis University in St. Louis Missouri

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Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri

United States


Detailed Job Description

Saint Louis University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law. Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to teaching, scholarship, research, public service and social justice. Founded in 1843, the School of Law is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi and is characterized by an engaged and service-oriented student body, an intellectually vibrant community of scholars, and a focus on excellence in teaching.

The School of Law supports the professional development of its students and the scholarly contributions of its faculty through three Centers of Excellence: The Center for Health Law Studies, The William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and The Center for International and Comparative Law. The Center for Health Law Studies is widely considered to be the top health law program in the nation and attracts students from across the country, many of whom complete one of our eleven joint-degree programs. Recent years have seen significant expansion to the legal skills program and experiential learning opportunities, including clinical and field placement programs that serve hundreds of students each year and result in tens of thousands of hours of legal services to our community. The legal clinics have also been nationally recognized for their public interest work.

The Dean serves as the academic, fiscal and administrative leader of the School of Law. The successful applicant will have a record of teaching and scholarship that meets the standards for appointment to the law faculty with tenure; a demonstrated commitment to institutional and community service; a passion for academic excellence and free, active, and original intellectual inquiry; an understanding of and willingness to foster the Jesuit mission; a concrete vision for the school’s future; strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to develop relationships with all of the law school’s constituencies.

The School of Law is seeking a Dean who will articulate a strategic vision to enhance the reputation, strengthen the school’s fiscal position, and lead the School’s efforts to meet the challenges of the changing landscape for legal education. The successful applicant should have a JD and demonstrate critical thinking and an ability to adapt to the changing market while moving the School of Law forward successfully.

Position Responsibilities
Strategic Leadership: working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, alumni and University administration to develop and implement a strategic plan that builds on the school’s strengths, enhances its reputation, and does so in a financially responsible manner.

Academic Quality: ensuring that rigorous academic programs continue to attract students, create justice oriented legal thinkers, and propel graduates into successful legal careers.

Fundraising: effectively communicating the strengths and excellence of the School of Law to alumni and donors in order to maintain scholarship and provide new opportunities for development.

Management: transparently managing the School’s resources, both personnel and financial, to achieve the School’s mission.

External and University Relations: strengthening and developing ties with the University and the surrounding community and serving as the face of the School of Law to all external entities including media.
Diversity: valuing diversity and making our institution a welcoming place for faculty, students and staff from a variety of backgrounds.

Overview of the School of Law
The mission of Saint Louis University School of Law is to advance the understanding and development of law and prepare students to achieve professional success and personal satisfaction through leadership and service to others. The School of Law is guided by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, freedom of inquiry and respect for individual differences.

Located in a newly reconstructed 12-story building in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the School of Law offers students unparalleled access to leading law firms, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The City of St. Louis Civil Courts Building and the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse are mere steps away – giving students a unique opportunity to see the law in action. Faculty members of the School of Law are leaders in scholarship, teaching and service. Their research advances the study and practice of law, and their commitment to excellence is apparent through each course and is visible throughout the community.

The School of Law offers nine concentrations and 11 joint-degree programs as well as an LLM in Health Law, an LLM in American Law for Foreign Lawyers, a two year J.D. for foreign lawyers and a Master of Science in Human Resources Law. The School of Law’s Legal Clinics are home to 36 in-house clinics, externships, judicial clerkships and public service programs, which annually provide over 47,000 hours of free legal services. The School of Law currently has over 500 full-time and part-time students.

Overview of the University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

Application and nomination procedure
Applicants and nominations will be considered as they are received until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter describing your reason for applying for the position, curriculum vitae and professional references. Please apply online at

Any communications or inquiries should be directed to:
Dean Mark Higgins
Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business
Chair, Dean Search Committee
3674 Lindell Blvd.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63108
(314) 977-3833

Saint Louis University School of Law is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and encourages nominations and applications from persons of all races, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs.

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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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