Dean, Law School - George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia

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George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

United States

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Detailed Job Description

George Mason University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The next Dean will lead a young and innovative law school with a global reputation in law and economics, top-flight faculty and students, and devoted alumni. The Dean will have many opportunities to develop new academic initiatives taking advantage of the School of Law’s upward trajectory, scholarly expertise, and proximity to the nation’s capital.

George Mason University is the largest public university in the commonwealth of Virginia, a Carnegie Classified Research University, and the home for two Nobel laureates in economics. The university has campuses in Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington counties, all close to the nation’s capital, three international airports, and a booming technology corridor in northern Virginia. The northern Virginia/D.C. metropolitan area provides an extremely dynamic environment for business, the practice of law, and public policy-making at all levels of government.

The School of Law is located on the university’s Arlington campus, three miles from D.C. From its inception in 1979, the School of Law has brought a distinctive and effective approach to legal education and scholarship. The Law School is committed to cross-disciplinary legal scholarship particularly in law and economics but also in law and history, philosophy, government, and political science. Citation studies annually rank the law school’s faculty as one of the 25 most productive and cited among accredited U.S. law schools.

Building on its location and faculty expertise, the School of Law has developed many nationally recognized programs including the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security; the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property; the Supreme Court Clinic; the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Service Members and Veterans; the Law and Economics Center (LEC); and the LEC’s many educational programs for professors, judges, and other public servants.

The School of Law’s distinctive and rigorous curriculum combines analytical methods (including a mandatory first-year law and economics course) and practice (a four-semester writing program requiring students to prepare many basic documents used in legal practice). The Law School’s alumni have far outperformed average pass rates for the demanding Virginia bar in every recent sitting, earning the highest average pass rate of all Virginia law schools in July 2013. Over 93 percent of Mason Law graduates have been employed nine months post-graduation since 2000.

The university seeks dean candidates who exhibit the highest standards of leadership and academic excellence, demonstrated through significant scholarly accomplishments, management experience, fundraising and development experience, a commitment to diversity, and the skills and personal qualities to manage a leading law school with a distinct and innovative mission.

Candidates must have either a juris doctor from an accredited U.S. law school or an equivalent graduate education in law.

George Mason University is committed to academic excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. The university is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Screening of candidates will begin September 22, 2014, and continue until an appointment is made.

All documents should be submitted electronically to: for position number FA326z.

A complete application should include: a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position and his or her qualifications to be Dean of the School of Law; a curriculum vitae; and three references (with a mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number for each reference). Applicants should specify whether committee members may contact references during preliminary stages of the search.

Nominations, including self-nominations, and further inquiries may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Sarah Nutter, Dean of the George Mason University School of Business, care of or 703-993-1807.Nomination letters should refer to the proposed candidate’s specific qualifications based on the duties outlined above, and should be sent via e-mail.

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  • Dean, Law School
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Employment Type:Post-Doc and Graduate Assistants
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Post - Doctorate
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume