University of Michigan — Dean, Michigan Law School

The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for an inspired and visionary leader to serve as the next Dean of Michigan Law School. 

About Michigan Law: The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor is one of the world’s finest institutions of legal education and is consistently ranked among the top 10 law schools in the country. Housed in the Cook Quadrangle on the University of Michigan’s central campus, the Law School’s residential and scholarly community is unmatched in its beauty and functionality. From the development of its first curriculum in 1859, Michigan Law has been steadfast in its commitment to providing a legal education that is both analytical and pragmatic. Michigan Law has a sizable and diverse faculty, with many preeminent in their fields, as well as alumni who are leaders serving with distinction in the public, private, and academic sectors in this nation and beyond. The Michigan difference is anchored by a collegial community of scholars who work at the top of their fields where internal collaborations and connections with a diverse body of talented students helps bring out the best in faculty and students alike.

About the Dean: Reporting to the Provost, the Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership for the Law School. The Dean works with key stakeholders to articulate the Law School’s strategic direction, consistent with the university’s vision, values, mission, and goals. The Dean supports and inspires a diverse and accomplished faculty and advances transformative scholarship to address current sector opportunities and challenges. The Dean serves as a mentor and promotes interdisciplinary efforts that fulfill the Law School’s mission of educating students and collaborating across the university. Bringing organizational leadership experience, the successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with a diversity of disciplines and programs, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to build bridges across the Law School, campus, and community.  The next Dean must possess a commitment to and track record of outcomes fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The successful candidate must be able to speak for the Law School with a variety of audiences and should be committed to fundraising. The Dean should possess a J.D. or equivalent terminal degree(s), and a record of distinguished achievement in research, teaching, and service that would warrant appointment as a tenured Law Professor at the University of Michigan.  

Inquiries and Applications:  Michigan Law School has retained the services of the executive search firm Korn Ferry.  Applicants should submit the following two documents (in two separate PDFs) to Dr. Josh Ward at Josh.Ward@KornFerry.com by January 18, 2023 for priority consideration. 

  1. An up-to-date and detailed curriculum vitae.
  2. A brief (2-4 pages) letter of interest describing why you are interested in the role of Dean of the Law School at the University of Michigan, why you would be successful based on your professional experience, why now is a good time for you to consider this opportunity, and how you are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Rosa Morris and Josh Ward, PhD
Senior Client Partners
Global Education Practice
Korn Ferry

The University of Michigan, including the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint campuses as well as Michigan Medicine, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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