Dean, Western State College of Law at Westcliff University | Irvine, CA 

The Western State College of Law (WSCL) at Westcliff University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Law. Western State seeks a visionary Dean with the highest academic standards who will provide active and engaged leadership, have an unwavering commitment to faculty, staff, and students, and work to enhance the successes and outcomes of the College in key areas of education, scholarship, and practice. As the chief administrative officer and academic leader of the College, the Dean sets the standards for intellectual engagement and accomplishment by providing strategic vision for operational leadership of the academic programs. WSCL seeks an accomplished leader who fosters innovation and collaboration in a shared governance environment.


Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will providevision and leadership to develop and implement a strategic plan to ensure that the College continues to serve its students and the region with programs of the highest quality and effectiveness including the admissions objectives, academic quality, market-driven distinctiveness, and economic performance. With input from the faculty, the Dean is responsible for academic program development and review, faculty recruitment, development and evaluation of faculty, and student relations. The Dean is expected to show clarity in presentations, treat students and colleagues with respect and compassion, and demonstrate an ability to work with a variety of people and issues. The Dean should be objective, manage differing viewpoints, and be flexible while serving as an ambassador in the surrounding community, nationally, and internationally.  



Founded in 1966, Western State College of Law (WSCL) is the oldest law school in Orange County, Southern California, and is a fully ABA-approved private law school. Western State law students and graduates have access to opportunities at nearby courts, private firms, public agencies, and businesses throughout the Southland. Noted for small classes and personal attention from an accessible faculty focused on student success, Western State maintains bar pass rates consistently in the top half of California’s ABA law schools.

WSCL serves as a law school of opportunity, transformation, innovation, and impact in its region offering an array of programs to meet the needs of a diverse student body of full-time, part-time, day, and evening students. It has a demonstrated history of offering a pathway to the legal profession for students who are traditionally underrepresented in the field, such as first-generation students and working professionals. WSCL maintains a proud transformational legacy of preparing graduates to enter the legal profession practice- ready and to become advocates and civic leaders within their communities. Building upon its traditions of inclusivity, practical training, and community lawyering, the dean will have the opportunity to influence the future of WSCL where faculty, staff, and students are extraordinarily supportive of one another and committed to making a positive impact on the legal community of Southern California and beyond.

Western State’s 11,000+ alumni are well represented across public and private sector legal practice areas, including 150 California judges and about 15% of Orange County’s Deputy Public Defenders and District Attorneys. Exposure to real world legal settings, practical experience, and invaluable contacts with alumni practitioners that assists graduates in the transition to the job market and throughout each student’s professional career.

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Applications should include a letter of application and curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. Harris Search Associates ( is assisting the Western State College of Law for this search.

Please send application to the email address below or contact Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, or Eric Christ, Senior Consultant for further details.

Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner    Eric Christ, Senior Consultant

Tel: 614-798-8500                        Tel: 614-798-8500                      

Cell: 614-354-2100                       Cell: 614-800-997

Email: [email protected]        Email: [email protected]      

Western State College of Law at Westcliff University is an Equal Opportunity Employer