Dean of the School of Law
Saint Louis University (SLU), an international, Catholic, Jesuit University, invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for a visionary and socially conscious legal leader to serve as the next Dean of the School of Law. The University, which is celebrating over 200 years in the St. Louis region, seeks an experienced and ambitious leader familiar with the ever-evolving landscape of graduate and professional legal education, as well as a deep interest in the St. Louis community, and SLU’s broader national and global community.
Saint Louis University School of Law
The mission of the Saint Louis University School of Law is to advance the understanding and development of law and prepare students to achieve professional success and personal satisfaction through leadership and service, in the urban environment of St. Louis, and with national and global constituents. The School of Law is guided by the Jesuit tradition of expansive academic inquiry and excellence in teaching and scholarship.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the School of Law offers students unparalleled access to leading law firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The City of St. Louis Civil Courts Building and the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse are mere steps away – giving students a unique opportunity to see their studies in action. The law school has particular strengths in health law, employment law, and international and comparative law. The faculty are leaders in scholarship, teaching, and service. Their research advances the study and practice of law, and their commitment to excellence is apparent across the curriculum.
The School of Law offers a variety of concentrations and several joint-degree programs as well as an LLM in Health Law, an LLM in American Law for Foreign Lawyers, a two year J.D. for foreign lawyers, an evening program, a semester in Washington, D.C., and courses that contribute to a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. The School of Law Legal Clinic is home to 5 in-house clinics and more than 30 externships, judicial clerkships and public service programs that provide practical opportunities and annually provide over 47,000 hours of free legal services. The School of Law currently has nearly 600 enrolled students.
The new Dean will join Saint Louis University’s School of Law at an exciting moment. The School of Law is now settled in its new location in downtown St. Louis and is a vibrant part of the local legal community. Recent hiring has brought an exciting new cohort of teachers, scholars, and practitioners. The school has a well-regarded Academic Resource Center and our bar pass rate in Missouri was 94.6% for first-time takers in July 2023. The Health Law program continues to rank first in the nation according U.S. News and World Report Rankings. The new Dean is poised to have the opportunity to continue to create and grow the school’s offerings locally, nationally, and internationally.
Reporting directly to Michael Lewis, the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, the Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership for the School of Law. The Dean works with key stakeholders to articulate the law school’s strategic direction, consistent with the University’s vision, values, mission, and goals. The Dean ensures rigorous academic programs attract and support their students, which propels them into successful legal careers. The Dean will support and inspire a diverse and accomplished group of faculty. They will serve as a mentor and promote interdisciplinary collaborations across the University that fulfill the School of Law’s mission of educating students. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of specialties and programs, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to continue to build upon bridges created across the School of Law, campus, and community.
The successful candidate will have a distinguished record in either the legal academy or the legal profession; a demonstrated commitment to institutional and community service, as well as social justice; a proven record of fundraising; a passion for academic excellence and intellectual inquiry; an affinity for the values of a Catholic Jesuit mission driven institution; a concrete vision for the school’s future; and the ability to develop relationships with all of the law school’s and University’s constituencies. The Dean should possess a J.D. or equivalent terminal degree(s), and a record of distinguished achievement in research, teaching, professional career, and service that would warrant appointment as a law professor at Saint Louis University.
The Opportunity and Qualifications
The Dean will be expected to foster the highest standards of teaching, research, and service. Given the current environment of law schools nationally, the Dean will also be responsible for leading the school in its evolution to remain both impactful and competitive within the local community and beyond. Further, the Dean will be a compelling, externally facing advocate for all of the constituencies within the school, including faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Candidates will have academic leadership experience, or related leadership experience, that demonstrates the ability to guide faculty, staff, and students to a next level of excellence.
Saint Louis University has retained Park Square Executive Search to assist in the search for the next Dean of the School of Law. To ensure full consideration by the Search Committee, nominations, inquiries and applications may be sent in confidence to:
Jonathan Fortescue, Managing Partner;
Kyle Meingast, Partner; or
Matt Wood, Associate
Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. SLU Law is especially interested in candidates who will add to the diversity of its faculty and community. As explained more fully in SLU Law’s Diversity Hiring Plan, SLU Law recognizes the value and critical importance of having a faculty body that is diverse, and we are committed to maintaining an environment that is inclusive and that respects and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847