Dean of the USC Gould School of Law

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California invites nominations and applications for a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as Dean of the USC Gould School of Law.  Reporting to the Provost and serving as the chief academic officer of the USC Gould School of Law, the Dean will build on Gould’s history as a transformative law school and set strategic priorities and a vision for the future of the school. The Dean will partner with a dynamic and accomplished faculty to advance innovative scholarship and to address opportunities and challenges in legal education and professional practice. The Dean will continue to work collaboratively and promote interdisciplinary efforts that enrich the school’s scholarly and teaching missions. The school seeks an outstanding leader-communicator-scholar to build strong relationships, both internally and externally, while valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms. The Dean must also possess the ability to engage constructively with a variety of audiences both within and beyond the Trojan network.

The Dean of the USC Gould School of Law provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership for the Law School and works with key stakeholders to champion the Law School’s mission to enrich human knowledge and the principles of justice through superior scholarship.  The Dean will support and promote the efforts of an accomplished faculty, advance faculty scholarship, and promote service-based initiatives to prepare leaders to address emerging opportunities and challenges in a volatile world. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, fostering relationships with the greater university, legal, and professional communities; partner with donors and philanthropic entities to effectively fundraise, and advance the scholarly pursuits and career aspirations of all students. The next Dean must possess a commitment to and track record of outcomes fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The Dean will work with all stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external partners, to build on the school’s strengths as well as identify and implement new initiatives for continued success.

Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of interest highlighting the applicant’s personal interest and relevant leadership experience. For priority consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically in confidence by December 5, 2023 to Ms. Lori Hemmer at

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