Dean, School of Law

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
19 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Boston University invites applications for the Law School Deanship. The Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership of the School of Law. The successful candidate will be nationally recognized, with demonstrated leadership and administrative skills, strong scholarly visibility, and will understand and value the culture of integrity, inclusion, innovation, intellectual life, and student services that characterizes BU Law. The Dean will share the law school’s strong commitments to excellence in research, teaching, and practice, and will lead the School in its ongoing mission to prepare a diverse body of students for the ethical practice of law around the globe, to serve the public interest, and to provide the profession, the academy, and the public with ideas, perspectives, and analyses that enrich a comprehensive understanding of the law, adapted to the needs of a changing world.

Boston University School of Law routinely ranks at or near #20 in U.S. News and World Report’s law school rankings, as well as in the Leiter Law Report’s ranking for law school scholarly excellence. Without sacrificing scholarly excellence and engagement, the faculty of BU Law has long enjoyed a strong reputation for teaching effectiveness that sets us apart from most highly-ranked law schools. Historically, BU Law has ranked first or near the very top of the Princeton Review’s rankings of law teaching faculties. BU Law enrolled 236 J.D. students in the class of 2020, with a median undergraduate GPA of 3.73 and a median LSAT of 165. Since its founding in 1872, BU Law has been open to all students of ability, without regard to religious affiliation, gender, or race. We strive to honor our early commitment to diversity and inclusion through concrete and visible measures that evolve with understandings of cultural competency in an increasingly diverse legal profession. The law school’s culture is also characterized by commitments to integrity, teaching excellence, curricular innovation, public service, and a rich intellectual life marked by influential scholarship and the collegial exchange of ideas.

The full-time faculty includes 43 tenured and tenure-track professors, 13 full-time faculty primarily focused on experiential teaching, the Law Librarian, and several full-time lecturers. Among the primarily classroom tenured and tenure-track faculty, eleven hold Ph.D.’s in the fields of Anthropology, Economics, History, Law, Philosophy, and Political Science. The faculty is highly productive and influential, including leading scholars in fields such as administrative law, antitrust law, constitutional law, corporate law, criminal procedure, critical race theory, feminism and law, health law, intellectual property, law and economics, and legal history. The faculty produce books, articles, casebooks, and other scholarly works at an impressive volume. The publication of ambitious scholarly books—a hallmark of an outstanding law faculty—has become a signature strength of our faculty in recent years.

The law school has benefitted greatly from the exceptional 14-year leadership of retiring Dean Maureen O’Rourke. O’Rourke leaves the school with very well-functioning administrative leadership across a range of areas from admissions and financial aid to career development and student affairs. The law school is housed in a new state-of-the-art complex, including the Sumner M. Redstone Building, a nearly 100,000-square-foot, five-story classroom facility that opened in 2014, and the 17-story Law Tower, which re-opened in 2015 after a complete renovation. A capital campaign launched in 2012 with a goal of raising $80 million by 2017 was recently extended to raise $100 million by 2019. There is no remaining financial obligation on the building, and when the campaign is completed, an additional $55 million over and above the building expense will remain for enhancement to financial aid, faculty scholarship, and programmatic support. Simply put, the law school is in a moment of enviable strength on which the next dean will build.

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Nominations and expressions of interest should be sent to: Professor David I. Walker (Chair),, or Law Dean Search Advisory Committee, c/o Office of the University Provost, Boston University, One Silber Way, 8th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02215.

Prospective candidates should include a letter expressing interest and a current curriculum vitae. Candidates will be asked to provide references after preliminary review and screening. Confidentiality will be maintained in the search process; references will be contacted only with the explicit consent of the applicant. While nominations and applications will be accepted until a new Dean is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials before January 31, 2018, to ensure full consideration.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse University community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence. Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular