The George Washington University Dean of the Law School

The George Washington University Law School invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2014, or a date to be negotiated.

As the intellectual and administrative leader of the law school, the next Dean will play a key role in developing new ideas and forging consensus among stakeholders to position GW to continue its position of leadership and its tradition of excellence in a changing legal market. Successful candidates will have a clear vision of legal education and its future; excellent interpersonal skills; superior communication skills; and aptitude for administration, strategic planning, and fundraising.

Candidates must be qualified for appointment at the tenured rank of Professor and should have an unqualified commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

GW Law

The George Washington University Law School is a vibrant intellectual community with a nationally prominent faculty of approximately 90 gifted full-time teacher-scholars, a group of 250 distinguished adjunct instructors, a dedicated and able staff, a talented student body with extremely strong credentials, and a rich educational program with multiple areas of particular strength. It also boasts an unrivaled location in the heart of our nation's capital.

GW's diverse student body includes 1,300 full-time and 300 part-time JD students hailing from 46 states and representing more than 200 undergraduate institutions, as well as 200 graduate students from nearly 50 countries. The school's more than 24,000 living alumni span the globe and have achieved professional distinction in both public service and in the private sphere.

The school offers one of the most comprehensive programs of legal education available anywhere in the country, with an elective curriculum consisting of more than 250 advanced courses; 10 separate clinical programs; nationally ranked specialty programs in Intellectual Property, International Law, and Environmental Law; and an extensive program of field placements, internships, and co-curricular activities. The intellectual climate is further enhanced by eight student-edited law journals and seven research centers, which allow students to delve into areas as diverse as National Security Law, Corporate Law, Complex Litigation, Finance, and Government Procurement Law.

The University

The law school is a component of the George Washington University, a private and non-sectarian university with more than 20,000 students, making it the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university is comprised of 10 constituent schools, including Medicine, Engineering, Business, Education, and International Affairs, and is home to more than 100 research centers and institutes. Opportunities for interdisciplinary work by both students and faculty are plentiful. Moreover, GW's location gives students extraordinary opportunities for real-world experiences as interns and volunteers. Its faculty members and academic administrators are frequent commentators on public affairs and scientific and intellectual developments.

Members of the Search Committee

Charles Berardesco, Esq., JD '83
Wes Burnett, Esq., JD '75; Member, GW Board of Trustees
Tom Colby, Professor of Law
Roger Fairfax, Professor of Law
Shawn Greene, GW Law Class of 2015
Susan Jones, Professor of Clinical Law
Laird Kirkpatrick, Louis Harkey Mayo Research Professor of Law
Steven Lerman, A. James Clark Professor of Engineering and Provost of the University
Renee Lettow Lerner, Associate Professor of Law; Vice Chair of the Committee
Joan Schaffner, Associate Professor of Law
Roger E. Schechter, Professor of Law; Chair of the Committee
Robert Tanenbaum, Esq., JD '82; Member, GW Board of Trustees

Applications and Inquiries

The search committee will be accepting applications, nominations, and inquiries until the position is filled. The review of applications will begin immediately. Applications and nominations accompanied by a CV and a letter of interest will receive the fullest consideration. Materials should be directed to:

Professor Roger E. Schechter
Chair, Dean Search Committee
Ken Kring, Search Consultant to the Committee
Korn Ferry

Telephone inquiries can be directed to Professor Schechter at 202.994.3702, or to Mr. Kring at 215.656.5308.

The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work environment. The University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs or activities.

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