Dean, CUNY School of Law


Dean, CUNY School of Law 

Queens, New York 

The City University of New York (CUNY) seeks an engaged and highly collaborative leader for the position of Dean of its School of Law. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Dean will have an extraordinary opportunity to lead a school that is a national and international leader in experiential legal education and recognized as one of the premier public interest law schools in the nation. CUNY School of Law is the nation's #1 public interest law school, its dual mission to educate lawyers in the service of human needs, and to transform the teaching, learning, and practice of law to include those historically excluded, marginalized, and oppressed make it a singular institution. As the only publicly funded law school in New York City, CUNY Law increases access to excellent legal training by pursuing its mission. The Law School's access mission is further served by its four year part-time evening program, launched in 2015.

CUNY Law is built on a tradition of radical lawyering: movements for social change are built with leadership and collaboration from the people and communities who have experienced injustice. The law school’s #1 ranking in diversity of the faculty and student body is an example of how its mission is realized through intentional recruitment and its status as a top-three clinical education program is a manifestation of CUNY Law’s commitment to partnering with local and grassroots organizations in the field. The CUNY Law community is one of activists, organizers, scholars, and advocates that stand united in the belief that only when the world can see the full range of human experience reflected and represented in the law will we have justice for all. This is an exciting opportunity to join the nation’s leading urban public university, led by a strong executive team and a highly cohesive group of leaders of all CUNY institutions, allowing for a plethora of unique collaborative opportunities. 

CUNY seeks a Dean of the School of Law who combines exemplary achievements in social justice lawyering with strategic leadership ability; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; collaborative and creative energy; and a demonstrated passionate commitment in their professional life to diversity and the unique missions of CUNY Law and CUNY. The Dean will engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community to lead the campus in developing a vision and strategy for advancing CUNY Law's national and international leadership in experiential legal education, and legal scholarship focused on Law in the Service of Human Needs. In addition, the Dean will work to develop a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture across CUNY Law and serve as an ambassador in the community for diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

WittKieffer is assisting CUNY in this search. Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal or by email. Review of candidate materials will continue until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by November 8, 2021. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Werner Boel, LL.M. and Ashlee Winters at

CUNY’s Policy on Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination applicable to all colleges and units is—to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees and to admit and provide services for students without discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, pregnancy, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, unemployment status, caregiver or familial status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state and city laws.