The University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s outstanding public research universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Law School. The dean leads the advancement of the school through its legal education programs, through its research initiatives, and by building strong internal and external communities to support the school’s continued success and growth.

The university seeks an individual with a record of visionary and inspirational leadership who can extend the school’s positive trajectory in advancing its excellence in research/scholarship, legal education, and public service. The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fundraising, budget planning, and management, curriculum, and student academic affairs.

The school, with a budget of $30 million, is comprised of approximately 30 tenured and tenure track faculty, 30 clinical professors, 70 instructional, professional, and support staff, and 650 Juris Doctor, 54 Master’s and 7 Doctor of Juridical Science students.

Principal duties:

Strengthening the vitality of the Law School’s educational, scholarly, and public interest mission, through strategic planning and priority identification.

Continuing the Law School’s success in recruiting and supporting highly qualified students and providing them with a superior legal education.

Enhancing the financial stability and growth of the Law School and continuing to develop its economic and other resources.

Leading the school’s financial planning and budget management.

Representing the Law School and university to external constituents.

Leading within a culture of shared governance with the Law School’s faculty, staff, and students.

Furthering the Law School’s public service commitment.

Continuing the Law School’s longstanding commitment to diversity among both students and faculty.

Promoting a creative, inclusive, and supportive community.

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Candidates must possess a record of achievement that qualifies them for tenure at the rank of full professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates with prior law school leadership, teaching, administrative, and fundraising experience are strongly preferred, as is evidence of scholarship (for example, journal articles, books, judicial opinions or other professional writings). Others with significant leadership experience will also be considered.

Please see the following web sites for more comprehensive information about UW-Madison and the Law School:

Instructions to Applicants:

Electronic applications and nominations must be submitted through the Isaacson, Miller website: and must be received by February 3, 2020 to ensure consideration. Later applications and nominations may also be considered.

The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups. Applicants should include a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter that addresses how their strengths and experience match the duties of the position. Nominators should provide the name of, and contact information for, the nominee. Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin statutes the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public. However, the university is required to release the names and titles of the finalists who will be interviewed by the chancellor and the provost. Submit applications and nominations electronically to Heinz Klug, Chair of the Law School Search and Screen Committee, c/o

More information can be found at:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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