Law Dean Position Announcement
Dean, School of Law
The School of Law at Washington and Lee University is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Dean. The new dean will assume his or her position on July 1, 2007.
Washington and Lee Law School is a small, distinctive, national institution with a full-time faculty of 35 and an enrollment of 400 students drawn from the top ten percent of national law applicants. The Law School's small student-faculty ratio, the third best in the nation, permits small classes. This, along with the School's balanced commitment to teaching and scholarship, creates the close student-faculty relationships for which the School is known. These relationships continue after graduation, and the Law School enjoys an extraordinarily high level of alumni support and involvement.
Washington and Lee University is located in the historic and beautiful town of Lexington, Virginia, nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, three hours from Washington, D.C. The Law School is housed in Sydney Lewis Hall, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and an outstanding library that holds the papers of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Class of 1931. The School sponsors the Center for Law and History, and the Transnational Law Institute. The Frances Lewis Law Center supports faculty scholarship by granting research stipends, bringing leading scholars to campus for lectures and conferences, and sponsoring residential visits by distinguished scholars, lawyers and judges.
The School offers the J.D. degree, as well as an LL.M. to a small, select group of foreign-trained lawyers. Students at the Law School may choose among three law journals and numerous clinical opportunities, including the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, Black Lung Disability Law Program, and the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty. The School also sponsors exchange programs with three foreign law schoolsóBucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany; University of Western Ontario, in Canada; and Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland.
The Dean of the School of Law is expected to have a distinguished background in the legal profession, a thoughtful perspective on the current and future status of legal education, and a commitment to advancing the Law School at the highest level.
Nominations and applications should be addressed to President Kenneth P. Ruscio, Chair, Law Dean Search Committee, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450.
Washington and Lee University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. Further information will be available on an on-going basis at the following website: http://law.wlu.edu/deansearch/