Dean, Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center | Baton Rouge, LA

The dean provides critical leadership and administrative oversight for all aspects of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center (LSU Law), including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel development, academic programs, research and scholarly enterprises, enrollment, student success, and career development. The dean also has primary responsibility for external initiatives that include community outreach and development. The dean reports to Executive Vice President and Provost Roy Haggerty and serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. The dean works with the faculty, student body, staff, alumni, and constituents to lead LSU Law in fulfilling its mission.

The dean has executive oversight over the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, with the responsibility to:

  • Provide clear strategic direction for LSU Law and its mission to balance rich tradition with a forward-looking vision that aligns with the university’s strategic plan;
  • Drive enhancements that strengthen LSU Law’s reputation and raise its prominence nationally and internationally;
  • Strengthen the financial resources of LSU Law by taking a strategic and innovative approach to growing revenue and improving operating margins;
  • Lead an ambitious fundraising effort that aligns the university’s capital campaign and strategic priorities;
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of the existing strengths and needs, paired with an action plan for achieving the well-articulated goals and objectives for LSU Law;
  • Recruit, develop, retain, and support a diverse, talented, and world-class faculty that is actively engaged in research, student development, institutional growth, and community outreach, while fostering a climate of support for faculty scholarship and innovation;
  • Build a diverse, highly skilled administrative team that is dedicated to the overall mission of LSU Law and provides outstanding administrative support to ensure the success of the students, faculty, executive team, and key stakeholders;
  • Engage faculty in enhancing the curriculum that combines the attributes of civil and common law;
  • Build, sustain, and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion and promote a supportive culture;
  • Support the enhancement of the student experience, including support for wellness, academic achievement, tuition affordability, and career preparedness;
  • Elevate and foster engagement with the broader legal and non-legal communities, including other universities, colleges, and schools within the LSU system, as well as other members of the community at large to develop and nurture collaborative opportunities;
  • Enhance relationships with alumni and employers to promote and develop resources and opportunities for students and graduates in a rapidly changing legal job market.


Since its founding in 1906, the Law Center has been recognized for its high standards of academic excellence, outstanding teaching and research faculty, and integrated programs in Louisiana civil law and Anglo-American common law. All LSU Law graduates receive a Juris Doctor, and students may also earn the optional Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law in recognition of extensive, optional coursework in civil law. LSU Law offers five dual degree programs with LSU—including the J.D.-M.B.A. Program, J.D.-M.M.C. Program, J.D.-M.P.A. Program, J.D.- M.S. in Finance Program, and the J.D.-M.S.W. Program—and it also provides students with the opportunity to earn either a Certificate in Energy Law and Policy or a Certificate in Estate Planning. The Law Center offers an advanced program of legal study leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.), Additionally, LSU Law partners with several colleges on the LSU campus to offer the 3+3 Program, which provides qualified students with a cost-effective and expeditious way to receive a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years.

Beyond the traditional classroom, learning at LSU Law occurs in simulation courses, moot court programs, field placements, the LSU Law Summer in France Program, and several clinics—including the first Wrongful Conviction Clinic in Louisiana, which was launched in 2020 in partnership with the Innocence Project New Orleans. LSU Law also has one of the largest student advocacy skills training programs in the United States, with over 150 students annually participating in the array of advocacy opportunities.

LSU Law provides Louisiana’s legal community, state government, and the at-large citizenry with unique resources that both serve those constituencies and support the university’s flagship standing. Among other resources, it houses and leads the Louisiana Law Institute, the official law revision commission and law reform/legal research agency of the State of Louisiana. The Continuing Legal Education program is one of the largest and oldest in Louisiana, pre-dating mandatory CLE. It publishes four student-edited law journals that serve to provide the highest quality of legal scholarship to the legal community while developing the writing and research skills of its students.

LSU Law provides its students with a successful path to practice, with graduates posting the highest bar passage rates in Louisiana (on average, 2011-2021) and 91% finding employment within 10 months of graduation (on average, 2016-2020). The LSU Law Center comprises 35 full-time faculty members, 10 librarians and library staff with academic appointments, 33 staff members, and 633 students enrolled in fall 2022. Its graduation rate has ranged from 87 percent to 96 percent over the last nine years. The Law Center’s annual operating budget is approximately $24.3 million.

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Louisiana State University and A&M College (LSU) invites applications for the position of dean of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Located in the capital city of Baton Rouge, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center is a national and international hub for teaching, research, and public service in all aspects of the law.

LSU Law embodies its mission to prepare a well-qualified and diverse group of people to be highly competent and ethical lawyers by broadening access to legal education and providing robust learning opportunities and a culture of support. LSU Law offers a firm foundation in American law and is the only law school in the nation offering a fully integrated common law and civil law legal education. The Law Center’s bijural legal tradition provides students with a unique opportunity to learn to practice in both systems. LSU Law graduates receive a truly global legal education and the skills needed in today’s highly competitive legal market.

The candidate for dean should have outstanding academic credentials, including a J.D., and a record of scholarly and professional accomplishments appropriate for appointment as a full professor with tenure at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

The successful candidate will possess or demonstrate:

  • A commitment to legal education with an appreciation for both civil and common law;
  • An entrepreneurial and creative leader who is open to change and receptive to ideas;
  • A collaborative, creative, innovative, and transparent leadership style conducive to an environment of shared faculty governance;
  • A successful record of advancing and achieving specific and significant goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • A team builder with strong business acumen and administrative experience;
  • Collaborative leadership focused on the personal and professional development of all team members;
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience or the aptitude, personality traits, and stamina to suggest the potential to succeed at that effort at LSU Law;
  • An open and approachable leader with the ability to connect and build strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively; and
  • A willingness to engage with policy makers as part of a coordinated strategy led by LSU Government Relations


The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted via email by Monday, October 10, 2022. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to Joi Hayes-Scott, executive recruiter for Russell Reynolds Associates, at mailto:[email protected] or +1-202-654-7816.

Requested application materials include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. References will be requested at a later date. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential to the extent allowed under Louisiana law. References will not be contacted until the applicant has given explicit permission. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment  background check.

Joi Hayes-Scott
Executive Recruiter
Russell Reynolds Associates
1700 New York Avenue, NW | Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
Telephone: +1-202-654-7816
Mobile: +1-410-395-4524
Email: [email protected]

More information is available on the Dean Search Profile document here:

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