The Charleston School of Law invites inquiries, nominations, and applications from experienced leaders and accomplished legal educators for the position of its Dean.

Located in the heart of the #1 city in America, the Charleston School of Law was founded in 2003 with the motto, Pro Bono Populi. Through a commitment to experiential learning and public service, Charleston Law has consistently achieved its objective to deliver exceptional legal education and prepare graduates to provide legal services “for the good of people.” Since Charleston Law’s first class graduated in 2007, its students have contributed over 400,000 hours of pro bono legal service across the nation and its alumni are licensed to practice in 43 states and jurisdictions. Building on its reputation for classroom excellence and recognized for its special student-faculty relationship, Charleston Law currently boasts a diverse student body from approximately 260 undergraduate institutions across the United States and around the world. The faculty is consistently recognized for building meaningful relationships with students through dynamic classroom instruction and a genuine open-door policy. The faculty’s publication history includes contributions to academic journals, classroom texts, and practitioner resources. Charleston Law also enjoys a close relationship with the bench and the bar.

The next Dean of the Charleston School of Law will serve as its chief academic officer and will successfully lead the school and its stakeholders through its 2020-2021 ABA site visit, provide steady guidance towards permanent non-profit status, and initiate a robust program of capital development. This individual will readily assimilate to the school’s unique student-centric culture. Doing so, the new Dean will advance strategic partnerships and relationships with students, faculty, alumni, practitioners, judges, community leaders, regional colleges, and prospective students to promote the school’s growing brand and reputation to the broad legal community and prospective students. Through vision and tenacity, the successful candidate will be dedicated to service and community involvement to accelerate the school’s ongoing upward trajectory in admission criteria, enhanced selectivity, and increased bar passage. Working alongside the faculty and administration, Charleston Law’s next Dean will enhance the school’s prominence and distinctive character through continuation of the collaborative and successful relationships established and promoted by the school’s current Dean who will be returning to the faculty. In embracing such relationships, the new Dean will develop, organize, and oversee ongoing programs and implement new initiatives to meet the compelling opportunities of a law school on the rise in the changing legal profession.


  • An earned JD, or its equivalent, from an ABA-accredited institution, law school or equivalent;
  • A record of scholarly achievement and/or exceptional professional achievement that, in any case, warrants appointment at the rank of full Professor of Law;
  • Demonstrated capability to manage professional and support staff effectively;
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, decision-making and leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop financial and other support for the organization, its constituents, and its programs;
  • Strong knowledge of the American Bar Association Law School accreditation standards, rules, and practice;
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to diversity; and – An ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, educators, and community leaders as partners to advance the School’s teaching, outreach, engagement and service missions.

The law school has charged a search committee to recruit and vet candidates for the dean’s position. Applications and nominations for the position should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Dean’s Search Committee at Questions regarding the position may also be sent to that email address.

Materials should include:

  • A letter of interest in the position; or, a letter nominating a candidate;
  • A current CV or resume;
  • Names and contact information (telephone and email) for at least three references, none of whom will be contacted without the written permission of the candidate.

The Charleston School of Law is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected class.