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Fordham Law Dean Search

Fordham University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The next Dean will assume leadership of a great law school at an extraordinary moment in its
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history, as the School moves into its magnificent new facility in the heart of New York City, responds ambitiously to the challenges of the moment in legal education, and expands its reach world wide.

As a top-tier law school, Fordham Law provides a legal education characterized by academic excellence, hands-on learning, and a focus on service, ethics and justice. Founded in 1905, Fordham Law has grown to be one of the largest, most diverse, and most respected law schools in the nation, with an outstanding reputation for its close sense of community among students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The School’s 19,000 active, dedicated alumni practice in all 50 U.S. states and in 73 countries. They serve as leaders in federal and state courts, government and public interest offices, prestigious law firms, and corporate boardrooms throughout the world.

In the fall of 2014, the Law School will open its new Pei Cobb–designed building with state-of-the-art teaching and community space. The school boasts the most enviable location of any law school in the United States, across the street from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, two blocks from Central Park and close to Broadway—in the heart of the nation’s legal, commercial, and cultural capital, with easy access to top law firms, courts, and financial institutions.

The Law School enrolls approximately 1,330 J.D., 185 LL.M., and 5 S.J.D. students from more than 35 countries. With approximately 80 full-time professors drawn from the nation’s most prestigious clerkships and graduate programs, and more than 280 adjuncts drawn from the nation’s deepest pool of lawyers and judges, the Law School’s faculty includes prominent figures in every area of law, legal theory, and clinical education.

The Law School’s motto, “In the Service of Others,” is evident in the work of its clinics, centers and institutes, and in the extraordinary, award-winning public service of its students and graduates.

The Law School is a part of Fordham University, which was founded in 1841. Fordham, a Jesuit university, is governed by an independent board of trustees. The Law School’s commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service, and to the ideals of an inclusive, multicultural community, reflects the Jesuit educational ideals of rigorous thought, justice, and service to others.

The Law School seeks candidates with significant and successful leadership experience, a record of exceptional achievement, and the skills and personal qualities to lead a top law school. Inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest may be sent to

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Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.