Dean of the Michael E. Moritz College of Law

The Ohio State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Michael E. Moritz College of Law. The College is a distinguished public law school and has achieved considerable successes in the last decade under the leadership of Dean Alan Michaels who is leaving his post at the end of the current academic year. Whether it is the College’s distinguished group of legal scholars; hiring a strong cadre of tenure and clinical-track faculty; high bar passage and career placement rates; developing new and exciting academic and clinical programs; to successful fundraising, the Moritz College is in a very strong position, and the next Dean will have the resources and the support of University leaders to achieve new levels of distinction.

Moritz is a collegial community of approximately 570 students and 54 full-time faculty. The College has an operating budget of $38.6 million, and its endowment is currently valued at approximately $86 million. Last year the College raised $7.2 million from foundation grants and individual contributions. Approximately 88% of its graduates passed the bar in 2017 and close to 90% were employed full-time following graduation. The College currently offers a Juris Doctorate (J.D.); a Master of Laws (LL.M.); a Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.); and joint degree programs with the Fisher College of Business, the College of Public Health, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and the College of Medicine. While the College strives to be strong across the board in legal scholarship and professional development, Moritz has in particular developed depth and strength in alternative dispute resolution, election law, and law and leadership.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and inclusive leader and should be an accomplished legal scholar, educator, and administrator who can advance the academic as well as the professional-school mission of the College. The next Dean must ensure that the Moritz College of Law continues to maintain and enhance its reputation for scholarly excellence. Raising the visibility of the College with the public and within the legal profession will be among the Dean’s most important external challenges, in addition to fundraising. As the head of a law school within a major land-grant university, the successful candidate’s enthusiasm for the public and civic engagement mission of Ohio State will be critical. The Dean will be tasked with addressing the status of clinical faculty within the College and with continuing efforts to expand diversity and inclusion among the College’s faculty, staff, and student populations. Finally, working as a collaborative and committed university citizen with other academic and senior university leaders will be essential qualities for a successful dean.

The Provost of Ohio State has appointed a Search Advisory Committee, chaired by Trevor Brown, Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, to lead this search. The Committee will be assisted by the search firm Isaacson, Miller. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a letter of interest describing the individual’s qualifications for the position and curriculum vitae, should be sent in confidence to:

Please note that all applications, nominations, emails, and other inquiries are subject to Ohio Public Records Law (Ohio Revised Code, chapter 149.43).

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