Dean, School of Law

Elon Law skylightElon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, seeks an outstanding leader with a deep knowledge of and commitment to legal education for the position of Dean of the School of Law. 

Established in 2006 and fully accredited by the ABA in 2011, Elon Law School supports a full-time faculty of 38 and enrolls 330 students. True to the history and achievement of Elon University, the School has exceeded expectations in its short life span and has already gained recognition for its innovative approach to legal education. The National Jurist recognized Elon Law as one of the top 20 most innovative law schools in 2012, and the ABA awarded the 2013 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award to the School for its Law and Leadership Program. The current Dean, George R. Johnson, Jr., will return to the faculty at the end of the academic year after having led the School through its initial accreditation during a time of significant change in the landscape of legal education.

Elon University School of Law prepares students to be exceptional lawyers through a rigorous core curriculum, including a leadership program that equips students to address regional, national and global challenges in an environment that emphasizes innovative teaching and an array of field-based experiences. Students engage the law through clinics, moot court, trial advocacy and field-placement programs, as well as a preceptor program through which more than 50 attorneys serve as mentors to law students from the start of their law school experience. 

Students benefit from regular interaction with leaders in law, business and civic life, including members of the law school’s advisory board, chaired by David Gergen, former adviser to four U.S. presidents, and including Jim Hunt, former North Carolina governor, three former Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Chair of the American Red Cross and a past president of the American Bar Association. The law school’s new, high-tech facilities in downtown Greensboro include the North Carolina Business Court, making Elon Law one of the few law schools in the country to house a working court. The School of Law is one of six schools in Elon University, a selective, independent liberal arts university of approximately 6,000 students that is renowned as a national model for engaged learning and one of only seven private universities in the nation with accredited schools of law, business, communications and education, along with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. More information can be found at www.law.elon.edu and www.elon.edu

The successful candidate will, at a minimum, possess a J.D. degree and have an outstanding record of accomplishment in the legal academy and/or the practice of law which warrants appointment as a Professor of Law. He or she will be a successful teacher, will excel at scholarship, will be a proven leader, and will have demonstrated a commitment to service to the legal profession and the public. The University actively encourages applications from and nominations of women, minorities, and candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Credential review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, applications, expressions of interest, and requests for the complete leadership profile should be sent electronically to Lucy Leske or Werner Boel, the Witt/Kieffer consultants for the Elon School of Law dean search, at ElonLawDean@wittkieffer.com. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references. All inquiries, applications, and nominations will be kept strictly confidential.

Elon University, including Elon University School of Law, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by law in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs.