Dean of the Loyola Law School

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) seeks an innovative and inspiring leader with a record of significant impact and a deep commitment to social justice for the Dean of the LMU Loyola Law School (LLS). The new dean will enhance LLS in a manner consistent with LMU’s distinctive Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount mission of academic excellence in a diverse and inclusive setting, with a demonstrated appreciation for groundbreaking scholarship and whole-person learning, global vision and imagination, creativity and cultural humility, diversity and inclusion, and a passion for faith and justice. For more than 100 years, the Loyola community has sought innovative means to use law and legal education to lift others, coupling intellectual rigor with entrepreneurial spirit. The new dean will carry that rich tradition forward.

Reporting to the Provost, the new dean will play a key role in shaping the future of LLS. With a clear and compelling vision and an intention to lead with humility, kindness, wisdom, courage, and the highest ethical standards, the new dean will continue to position Loyola Law School at the forefront of legal education, empowering its graduates to become leaders and agents of positive change in the profession and in society. In addition to having extensive management experience, the new dean will bring a strong record of fundraising experience or a willingness to learn and work closely with University Advancement to leverage LLS’s prime location in the heart of Los Angeles to propel it to new heights of academic excellence and prominence. 

Established in 1920, Loyola Law School has been an American Bar Association-approved law school since 1935. Located in Los Angeles, the legal, financial, and media capital of California, LLS offers the following degree programs: Juris Doctor (in a full-time day program and a part-time program), Masters of Law (in a general LLM and a Tax LLM), Masters of Science in Legal Studies (MLS), and Doctor of Juridical Science. LLS is home to more than 1,000 students, with a first-year class of approximately 300 students.

Founded in 1911, LMU is a top-ranked national university rooted in the Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount traditions and committed to fostering a diverse academic community rich in opportunity for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. The university recruits, retains, and supports an elite faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service.

Minimum qualifications include a JD or equivalent degree and a proven commitment to legal education, scholarship, community, and public service with the skills and experience needed to lead a student-centered and research-driven law school; eligibility for appointment as a full professor with tenure at LLS, or truly exemplary accomplishments in the legal field otherwise commensurate with the dean’s role and responsibilities. Preferred attributes and additional information about the position and LLS can be found in the leadership profile: <insert link>

To apply for the Dean, Loyola Law School position, candidates are requested to submit the following: i) a full CV or resume; ii) a letter that expresses your interest in this position and addresses how you meet the qualifications and attributes as outlined in the profile; and iii) contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date). Application materials should be sent to  by October 28, 2023 for best consideration. The search will remain open until an appointment is made. Semifinalists for the position will be invited for a confidential in-person interview in Los Angeles on November 13-14, 2023.

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Dean, Loyola Law School position are encouraged. Please direct them to or to the AGB search consultants listed below:


Kimberly Templeton, JD, Principal; 540.761.9494


Phoebe Stevenson, EdD, Executive Search Consultant; 202.225.3162


Anne Hoffman, Executive Search Associate; 805.490.9161


LMU, an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. Loyola Marymount seeks professionally outstanding candidates who value its mission and share its commitment to academic building of a just society. LMU is actively working to promote an intercultural learning community. See our Statement of Non-Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment and Complaint Process for more information.