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University of Minnesota Law School

Minneapolis, Minnesota


The University of Minnesota seeks an accomplished scholar and visionary leader to serve as the next Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School (Minnesota Law). Known for its outstanding students, highly influential faculty-scholars, exceptional clinical programs, commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, global perspective, and support for interdisciplinary study, Minnesota Law draws talent nationally and internationally. The Dean will have the opportunity to work with ambitious and committed stakeholders from the Law School, the University of Minnesota, the Twin Cities community, and throughout the country who share the Law School’s focus on producing engaged and service-oriented leaders.


The Law School is currently ranked 16th nationally in U.S. News & World Report and 5th among public university law schools. In fall of 2023, Minnesota Law enrolled 719 students across all its degree programs. The school has 65 full-time faculty, 234 adjunct faculty, 85 staff members, and an operating budget of over $37 million. Driven by its strategic priorities, Minnesota Law seeks to attract an outstanding and diverse student body; promote curricular innovation; provide professional opportunities for students; leverage local, national, and international relationships; and support and grow a world-class faculty. Over the past several years, the Law School has demonstrated a record of financial stability, strong fundraising capabilities, increased diversity in the faculty and student body, and successful career outcomes for students.


The next Dean of Minnesota Law will be expected to build on past accomplishments and chart a new and exciting institutional future. Specifically, the Dean will be tasked with: ensuring that the Law School remains financially sound and continues to attract robust philanthropic support; serving as a collaborator and relationship builder within the University and across the Twin Cities and national communities; supporting and building an outstanding student body and faculty; sustaining the Law School’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and positioning the Law School to meet the evolving challenges facing legal education and the legal profession. The Dean of Minnesota Law will serve as the chief academic and administrative leader of the school and report to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Minnesota.


The University of Minnesota has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with this recruitment. Applications, inquiries and nominations for the position can be made at the website:


The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.