Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Bluhm Legal Clinic

09 Oct 2019 6:48 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

NORTHWESTERN PRITZKER SCHOOL OF LAW invites outstanding applicants for the Associate Dean of Clinical Education of its Bluhm Legal Clinic. The Law School is an innovative, top-ranked institution located on the lakefront just off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The clinical program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is one of the most diverse and comprehensive among the country’s law schools. It is internationally recognized for its involvement in legal policy and reform. The 13 centers within the Bluhm Legal Clinic house more than 20 individual clinics. The Law School seeks an experienced, visionary leader to build on this record of success.

The Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean of the Law School and is responsible for strategic leadership, management, evaluation, assessment and quality. The Associate Dean will lead strategic planning efforts, in collaboration with the Dean and clinical faculty to enhance clinical education and promote experiential learning initiatives. The Associate Dean will also support the Dean in seeking external funding and philanthropic opportunities to further the Clinic’s curricular and programmatic innovation.

As the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s leader, the Associate Dean will be active in the Law School and legal clinic communities, encourage and support Clinic faculty, and enhance the local and national profile of the clinical program. The Associate Dean will lead thirty-plus clinical faculty members who combine classroom instruction with hands-on experience for more than two hundred students who take clinical courses each year. The Associate Dean may teach one reduced clinic enrollment section each semester, and will oversee pedagogical planning and design, and ensure instructional excellence.

The Associate Dean is expected to be, at a minimum, appointed to a long-term, renewable faculty contract at the rank of Clinical Professor. Candidates with proven publication records may also be considered for tenure.

The successful candidate will hold a J.D. degree with distinguished academic credentials and have a track record of leadership in clinical education. We seek applicants with significant years of clinical teaching experience and legal practice experience. Requisite attributes include: demonstrated abilities to inspire others and to work collaboratively, creatively, and constructively with others. The candidate should be recognized as a respected member of the clinical community and professional community. This person should have a passion for clinical teaching and learning as well as for the development of students, staff members, faculty members, and academic programs.

Candidates are encouraged to apply by October 25, 2019. The new Associate Dean is expected to begin his or her service in the late summer of 2020. The Law School’s fall term begins soon thereafter. Please contact Elizabeth Fritz (, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs, with any questions.

Northwestern accepts applications through our Faculty Recruiting System. Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:

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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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