Paul L. Caron

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Competition For Law Dean Jobs Heats Up

Karen Sloan (, Competition for Law Dean Jobs Heats Up:

Now that the legal education market is on the rebound, the competition for getting a deanship is stiffer, according to recruiters and sitting deans. At the same time, the appetite for law deans from nontraditional backgrounds—coming out of Big Law or the bench, for example—appears to have waned. ...

For a number of years, fewer people were vying for deanships because legal education’s fortunes were uncertain and the job was particularly difficult, said Werner Boel, a consultant with search firm WittKieffer who has helped to place many law deans at schools across the country. Boel noted that dean searches are getting a bit more competitive these days as law school enrollment numbers have stabilized and the job has become more attractive. ...

Ascending to a deanship is often a marathon and not a sprint. Candidates may be up for the job numerous times before landing the gig, and aspiring deans should view each search as an opportunity to learn and hone their pitch for what they bring to the table.

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