Thomas Jefferson Law School - President & Dean

28 Sep 2012 9:07 PM | Donna Lee
THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications and nominations for the position of President and Dean of the School of Law.  The next President and Dean must possess integrity and high academic and personal standards, be energetic and persistent in the pursuit of excellence, and be enthusiastic about the School of Law’s values and mission.  She or he will inspire and lead the community during a time of great opportunity and significant challenges for law schools nationwide.  The successful candidate will bring passion, insight, and expertise to advancing the School of Law’s educational and scholarly missions and to managing and further developing a dynamic and maturing institution of higher education.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law is an independent, fully ABA-approved, AALS member law school located in the heart of San Diego, California.  The School of Law enrolls more than 1200 diverse and engaged law students from across the nation and throughout the world in its J.D., LL.M, J.S.M., and J.S.D. programs, and offers full-time, part-time, day, evening, and online programs, as well as a joint J.D.-M.B.A. program in collaboration with San Diego State University.  The dynamic, diverse, and highly productive faculty is characterized by its deep commitment to teaching and scholarship.  Since the spring of 2011, the School of Law has occupied a new, technologically advanced, eight-story, 177,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable facility in the East Village area of downtown San Diego.
The Dean is the President of the School of Law, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience and expertise leading and developing legal academic institutions, overseeing large and sophisticated budgets, managing multiple and complex institutional projects, cultivating and inspiring diverse and dynamic faculty and staff, catalyzing an educational culture conducive to developing excellent law students and law graduates, fundraising from diverse sources, and communicating with accrediting organizations and other important institutions in legal education.  The successful candidate will also satisfy the School of Law’s criteria for appointment with tenure.
The term of this Dean and President will commence July 1, 2013.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to allow for the most complete consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2012.  The School of Law strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and others who may enhance the diversity of the School of Law.
Candidates are asked to provide a cover letter discussing their interest in and qualifications for the position along with their curriculum vitae (c.v.).  Materials should be sent electronically (Adobe PDF or MS Word format) to Judge William McCurine, Chair, Dean Search Committee at the secure email address:  The c.v. should include the names and contact information of references.  Such references, however, will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate.  Nominations of candidates for the position are also welcome.
All applications and inquiries will be treated as confidential unless otherwise indicated by the candidate. Any inquiries about the position should be directed to Judge William McCurine, at the email address above. For more information, please visit
Thomas Jefferson School of law is an equal opportunity employer, and fosters diversity in its faculty, administration, staff, and student populations.


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