Dean, Vermont Law School | South Royalton, VT

Vermont Law School at Vermont Law & Graduate School seeks an innovative Dean of the Law School who shares our commitment to academic excellence and community.  In the summer of 2022, the School announced a new organizational and administrative structure, as well as a new strategic plan.  The centerpiece of the new organizational structure and plan was the creation of a separate Law School and Graduate School, each with its own Dean, reporting to a President with leadership oversight of the entire Vermont Law & Graduate School.  Interim Deans occupy the leadership positions at the Law School and Graduate School during the 2022-23 academic year, as national searches for both positions are commenced.

Founded in 1976, Vermont Law School has a tradition of excellence in environmental law and cutting-edge social justice issues.  From our Environmental Law Center to the National Center on Restorative Justice and one of the nation’s few environmental justice clinics, Vermont Law School is dedicated to advocacy education across a spectrum of community-oriented public service specializations.  Vermont Law School’s deep commitment to practice-based education supports this focus, with clinical programs in farmed animal advocacy and food and agriculture law, in addition to pro bono clinics assisting veterans, low-income Vermonters, and noncitizens.  Vermont Law School offers concurrent J.D. and Masters’ programs in environmental law, climate law, energy law, food and agriculture law, and restorative justice, as well as J.D. concentrations in animal law, business law, climate law, criminal law, energy law, food and agriculture law, land use law, water law, and general practice.

Vermont Law School’s Dean leads 45 full-time faculty, 100 staff, and additional special summer faculty in delivering a flexible legal education designed to prepare students for careers bridging nonprofit, government, and direct service models.  Vermont Law School values cultural competence, with a strong commitment to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness.  The legal profession advances with a diverse population of practitioners, and therefore Vermont Law School offers several tracks designed to allow students from a variety of backgrounds to access legal education, including an accelerated track for highly qualified applicants, a traditional three-year program, a four-year extended program, and a new ABA accredited online hybrid J.D. for working professionals.

Currently ranked by the Princeton Review as the top national law school for women, 67% of Vermont Law School students are women and 25% are students of color.  Current students represent 41 states and several countries.  Vermont Law School’s more than 400 J.D. students live and study in Vermont’s Upper Valley, a rural area dotted with active family farms on the banks of the White River.  Nestled in the Green Mountains between Montreal and Boston, the Upper Valley offers students equal access to the job market in larger cities and the pristine natural resources our environmental law program seeks to protect. In addition to its idyllic rural location, Vermont Law School also has an expanding presence in downtown Burlington, Vermont, a vibrant and diverse city on the shores of Lake Champlain.

The next Dean of Vermont Law School will work with Vermont Law & Graduate School’s President, Dean of the Graduate School, and Dean of the School for the Environment to coordinate curriculum across subject areas, support community among students, faculty, and staff, and lead Vermont Law School into the next generation of legal education.  Successful candidates must show evidence of innovative leadership, the ability to promote a rigorous academic environment, and a strong commitment to the transformation of the legal profession through advances in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To apply, please include the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. A statement addressing interest in applying, the importance of cultural competence in legal education and practice, and shifts in the delivery and assessment of legal education
  3. Three to five professional references

The search process will remain confidential, and references will not be contacted without the advance permission of a candidate.  Preliminary interviews will be scheduled for early January, and interviews of finalists for late January. Please apply by visiting https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/1335307 .

Applications should be submitted electronically by November 15, 2022.