Dean of the School of Law
Greensboro, North Carolina
Elon University School of Law (Elon Law), a forward-thinking law
school based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and known for its
pioneering blend of experiential learning and critical scholarship,
seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the
School of Law.
Elon Law is the
preeminent school for engaged and experiential learning in law.
With a focus on learning by doing, it integrates traditional
classroom instruction with a required, full-time (30+ hours/week)
field placement for every student, known as a
Residency-in-Practice. The law school’s distinctive curriculum
provides a logically-sequenced program of professional preparation.
Elon Law’s innovative curriculum is accomplished in 2.5 years,
which provides exceptional value by lowering tuition and permitting
graduates early entry into their careers.
Elon Law’s shorter academic program benefits students by
substantially reducing their debt load, an attractive proposition
for many prospective students drawn to the school’s trimester-based
academic calendar. The law school has enjoyed significant increases
in applications and enrollment in recent years when most other law
schools experienced declines. In fall 2021, total enrollment
reached a historic high of 429 students, driven by a record number
of students matriculating in the Class of 2023.
Guided by its student-centered approach to legal education, Elon
Law’s bar passage and post-graduate employment rates have seen
consistent and significant increases since the implementation of
the 2.5 year academic program. The increased bar passage rate has
resulted from an investment in student success and undergirds the
law school’s strong employment figures. Increased graduate
employment rates are also attributable to Elon Law’s emphasis on
experiential learning. The law school’s Residency-in-Practice
Program ensures that students connect classroom learning with
real-world practice. The Residency-in-Practice experience also
provides students with insights that they bring back to the law
school when they return to complete their studies.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will be a collaborative,
transparent, and strategic leader who guides faculty, staff,
students, and processes with empathy and integrity. With a track
record of distinguished management and administration, this person
must possess a deep commitment to student success, faculty teaching
and scholarly engagement, and the organizational and leadership
skills necessary to attract and retain human and financial
resources. The ideal candidate should have a sophisticated
understanding of the changing landscape in legal education and the
practice of law, respect and appreciation for shared governance,
fundraising experience, and a strong commitment to Elon law's role
as an innovator in legal education.
The new Dean will need to lead the Elon Law community in a
shared effort to create and execute a strategic vision that builds
upon the existing foundation of innovative and successful programs
to further distinguish the school in the modern legal education
landscape. Elon Law's faculty, staff, students, alumni, Provost,
and President are eager to work with a leader who is energetic,
creative, supportive, and able to inspire the law school's diverse
and highly engaged community. The new Dean must bring a
demonstrated passionate commitment in their professional life to
diversity, equity and inclusion and be eager to promote its
advantages to a variety of constituents. The new Dean will be
expected to maintain and nourish close relationships with the Elon
Law alumni and donor community to enhance current sources of
revenue for the school while also identifying potential new ones.
For more information, please visit www.wittkieffer.com.
The successful candidate will offer a proven record in
management or administration suitable for appointment as Dean. The
successful candidate will, at a minimum, possess a J.D. degree or
its equivalent, and will have an outstanding record of academic and
professional accomplishment. In addition, the successful
candidate will demonstrate a commitment to inclusive excellence, as
well as service to the legal profession and the public.
WittKieffer is assisting Elon in this search. Application
materials can be submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate
portal or by sending to the email below. Review of candidate
materials will continue until the position is filled, with priority
given to applications received by January 14, 2022. Confidential
nominations and inquiries can be directed to Lucy Leske, Werner
Boel, LL.M. and Ashlee Winters at ElonLawDean@wittkieffer.com.
Elon University values and celebrates the diverse
backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our
community members. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense,
including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability,
ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion,
sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing and intellectual
All members of the Elon community have a shared
responsibility to act deliberately toward equitable outcomes.
Inclusive Excellence is Elon’s framing of diversity, equity,
inclusion, and other constructs that support belonging and
well-being, resulting in the creation of a community where people
strive to dismantle oppression and where individuals