The University of Texas at Austin seeks a leader of distinction, vision, and ability to become the next Dean of its highly ranked School of Law. The University is committed to selecting a dean who will build on over a century of achievements at the Law School; further enhance the Law School’s stature and influence; effectively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among all members of the Law School community; and pursue excellence in every activity engaged in by the Law School.
The University of Texas School of Law is ranked 1st in Texas and 16th nationally among schools of law according to U.S. News & World Report (2022). In 2017, Law Dragon described the Law School as “at the forefront of student-centric flip in legal education.” In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Law School as having the best salary to debt ratio in the country. Over the last three years, over 90% of the Law School’s graduates have been employed 10 months after graduation in a full-time long-term position requiring bar passage or for which a J.D. is an advantage. The Law School also encourages students to consider judicial clerkships after graduation and has had considerable success at placing graduates in clerkships in all levels of federal and state courts. The bar passage rate exceeds 95%. The Law School also has long had one of the most outstanding faculties in the nation in terms of scholarly distinction. The faculty includes many members of the American Law Institute, several members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and authors of well-regarded texts cited widely by scholars, courts, and lawyers across the country.
The Dean of the University of Texas School of Law will lead a great public law school. The Dean will provide strategic and intellectual leadership for the Law School, shape and implement the Law School’s vision, and influence how the school will distinguish itself. The Dean will pursue the key priorities of the Law School alongside faculty, staff, students, and alumni. As chief administrative officer of the Law School, the Dean will supervise the operations and finances of the school, including all programs and personnel. The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and serves as a member of the University’s Deans Council, working in close partnership with other deans and executive officers of the University.
The Law School Dean will promote and expand the Law School’s mission of excellence in education, scholarship, and service to the community. UT Austin seeks a leader who will build upon the strengths of the institution and guide the Law School as the legal profession evolves. The next Dean of the Law School must have a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments, including a sustained and successful research program, that merits appointment at the rank of tenured full professor and as an endowed chair in the Law School.
The University of Texas at Austin invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law. Interested candidates should confidentially submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest (Adobe PDF files preferred) to:
Joi Hayes-Scott and Jett Pihakis, Ph.D. – UT.Law@russellreynolds.com.
For fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by January 31.