Michigan State University College of Law invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Dean and Professor of Law to begin July 1, 2016. The College of Law seeks a leader with vision to build the law school of the future in the heart of a major global research institution. The next Dean will lead a faculty committed to innovative academic programs, rigorous educational training, scholarly excellence, and active engagement with University and broader external communities. The next Dean will work closely with the Provost, President, other University leaders, and the College’s dedicated and effective Board of Trustees.
Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, is one of the top 100 research universities in the world. The campus is located in East Lansing, Michigan, three miles east of the state’s capitol. MSU is part of the Big Ten Conference and the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities. MSU’s 50,000 students come from all 83 counties in Michigan, each of the 50 United States, and more than 130 other countries. Last year, the university received nearly $500 million in external funding for research in food safety and security, human and animal health, energy, education, defense, international development, social and behavioral sciences, digital humanities, and other areas.
MSU College of Law’s J.D. program recruits a diverse student body of approximately 800 students from Michigan and 40 other states. In addition to its J.D. program, MSU College of Law offers international LLM programs in American Legal Systems and Intellectual Property, and a new and growing online program in Global Food Law in collaboration with MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
MSU College of Law is proud to be a leader in innovation among law schools, building an ambitious scholarly identity and educating students to lead a changing legal profession. MSU College of Law’s ReInvent Law and Intellectual Property, Information, & Communication programs sit at the cutting edge of innovation in the legal profession. The College of Law’s advocacy programs are among the best in the country. The Indigenous Law & Policy Center and MSU Legal Clinic support a broad array of social justice priorities. The College of Law’s faculty produce outstanding scholarship in a wide range of areas, noteworthy for both its intellectual ambition and real-world impact. The successful candidate will complement these institutional strengths with a set of unique skills applicable to crafting an exciting future for the College of Law.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of collaborative leadership, a commitment to scholarly excellence, the capacity for programmatic creativity, the ability to passionately communicate the College of Law’s strengths and vision to alumni, donors, and diverse external communities, and distinguished scholarly accomplishments warranting appointment as a Professor of Law.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications can be submitted via the links on this page.
This search is being led by Tim McFeeley with Jeff Kessner.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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