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Dean, School of Law

University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA
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*University of California Irvine

Dean, School of Law*

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks its next dean of the School of Law. UCI is noted as one of the most innovative American institutions of higher education. The New York Times named UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities "doing the most for the American dream." In 2008, the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) was established by visionaries who wanted to reimagine legal education. The School has built its reputation with its distinctive egalitarian composition among faculty and staff and through its interdisciplinary approach to legal education. U.S. News & World Report ranks UCI Law 19th in academic peer reputation and in the top 10 in clinical training, tax law, and legal writing specialties. UCI Law's prominence is enhanced by its deep commitment to public service, social justice, research excellence and experiential learning - all core pillars of the School's identity and mission. And since its founding, UCI Law's research faculty has consistently been ranked in the top 15 in scholarly impact by the leading Sisk et al. study. The next dean of UCI Law will be a strategic and collaborative leader with a distinguished scholarly record, a person who will provide both inspiration and cohesion to guide the School into its next chapter of growth, impact and prominence.

Founded 13 years ago, UCI Law operates an annual budget of approximately $66 million and has grown to serve nearly 500 students, employ 53 full-time faculty, five adjunct faculty, 16 affiliated faculty, four visiting faculty, seven librarians and over 70 staff and other academic members. UCI Law is highly regarded for the scholarly impact of its faculty and expert skills training and clinics, including distinct and innovative approaches to legal education that feature experiential learning and interdisciplinary studies. UCI Law hosts 18 centers, institutes and projects that encourage collaboration, contribute in-depth research, and advance policy in specific areas of law, and the recent addition of the Artificial Intelligence Public Policy Institute offers research opportunities for students and faculty to further examine the spectrum of ethical and legal dilemmas at the intersection of law, technology and artificial intelligence.

In addition to the J.D. program, UCI Law offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.), a first-rate legal education to lawyers, judges, government officials and others wishing to become educated about the legal system and practice of law in the United States. Additionally, the new Graduate Tax Program offers an innovative, one-of-a-kind LL.M. curriculum that instills students with both the doctrinal depth and the practical skills needed to practice tax law at the highest levels, in the United States or abroad.

The next dean, only the third in UCI Law's history, has an opportunity to continue to advance the School's reputation as an eminent and innovative learning community, building upon its ethos and mission as a force for good. As one of the most diverse law schools in the country, the next dean will preserve and enhance the School's commitment to public service and social justice. The dean will advance efforts to raise to the surface structural and historical inequities in the region, nation and world, and the role of law and lawyers in both facilitating and abating such inequities.

The next dean will strive for excellence, but true to UCI Law's culture, it will not happen through competition or conformity, but rather, through innovation. For UCI Law to achieve its ambitious goals, the dean will address the following opportunities and challenges:

● Articulate an actionable plan that significantly advances the School's prominence and impact;
● Generate and expand resources needed to achieve the School's high aspirations;
● Continue to invest in and support equity, diversity, and inclusion as key pillars of the School;
● Champion and support the academic and professional success of UCI Law students;
● Recruit and retain exceptional and highly dedicated faculty, students and staff;
● Further enhance an environment of collaboration, innovation and transparency; and
● Strengthen and expand global, national, regional and local partnerships.

The University of California, Irvine School of Law has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: []( Electronic submission of materials is required.

Courtney Wilk-Mandel, Belen Gutierrez, and David Bellshaw
Isaacson, Miller
1925 Century Park East
Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90067

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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