Paul L. Caron

Monday, February 2, 2009

NLJ: 27 Law Schools Seek Deans

In this week's National Law Journal:  Wanted: Law School Deans. Lots of Them. Dozens of Law schools Search for Leaders; Many Leery of New Demands, by Julie Kay:

Even in this economy, there seems to still be a demand for one high-paying job — law school dean. At least 27 law schools throughout the country are searching for new deans — and many are having a tough time filling the position.

Law schools from Harvard to the University of Arizona to Case Western to the University of Miami have all embarked on dean searches, and some are finding somewhat slim pickings, with the same applicants recycled for many of the jobs.

That's because law school deanships, once highly sought after, are now high-stress jobs, thanks in part to the economy. With fundraising plummeting, donors in short supply and state budgets being slashed, law school deans are finding themselves up to their necks in stress. Many have quit in the past year to go back to teaching, which still pays fairly well and has far fewer headaches.

"Being a dean is less attractive than it used to be," said Thomas Ulen, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. "An increasing percentage of the job — upwards of 80 to 90% — is devoted to fundraising. And with the economy in this state, that is not easy. And let's face it, being a law professor is one of the best jobs in the universe." ...

A complete list of schools with open law dean positions:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas (Little Rock)
  • BYU
  • Cardozo
  • Case Western
  • Duquesne
  • Elon
  • Florida International
  • Golden Gate
  • Harvard
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • Maryland
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Northern Illinois
  • Notre Dame
  • Rutgers (Newark)
  • South Texas
  • St. John's
  • Texas Tech
  • Tulane
  • University of Washington
  • Whittier
  • William & Mary
  • Wyoming

For a list of the finalists in many of these dean searches, see here.

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Maybe some people are starting to grow a concsious when it comes to ripping off 22 year olds and turning them into indentured servants for life.

Posted by: davidfriedlander | Feb 3, 2009 3:48:25 PM