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Dean St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the next dean of the School of Law. The Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (WashULaw) is a key part of WashU’s profile as an internationally ranked private research university. WashULaw is on the university’s main Danforth campus, with three other campuses—West Campus, North Campus, and Medical Campus—in surrounding parts of St. Louis. Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the WashULaw dean serves as its leader and as the principal academic and administrative officer of the school.

The next dean of WashULaw will join the law school and the university at an exciting moment. WashU recently announced a historic $1 billion investment in financial aid and adopted a need-blind undergraduate admissions policy. Significant funds have been designated for financial aid at the School of Law, among other professional and graduate schools. WashULaw has seen an impressive upward trajectory in recent years, and the new dean will have the opportunity to lead the school through a strategic planning process to solidify WashULaw as a top law school committed to academic distinction.

WashULaw seeks an experienced leader familiar with the ever-evolving landscape of graduate and professional legal education. The successful candidate will be an excellent legal scholar with academic credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor, an accomplished administrator inspired by the opportunity to develop a compelling strategic vision for the law school, a skillful fundraiser, and a colleague committed to joining and supporting a diverse and inclusive law school community.

WashU, through the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, has appointed a search committee chaired by Feng Sheng Hu, the Dean of Arts & Sciences.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence electronically below.

Ponneh Varho is leading this search with Kelly McLaughlin and Auriel Haack.


Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply. 


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