School of Law Dean Search

Pepperdine University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law.

Pepperdine University is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service and leadership. The university enrolls approximately 7,700 full-time and part-time students in its five colleges and schools with a full-time faculty of approximately 380. The School of Law has built a reputation for rigorous academics, personal attention (12:1 student/teacher ratio), strong experiential learning, and values-centered teaching and learning consistent with the University's Christian mission. ABA-accredited, the School of Law currently enrolls approximately 595 J.D. students. The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which has been ranked number one by U.S. News & World Report for 11 of the past 12 years, offers an LLM in Dispute Resolution, Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) or Certificate in Dispute Resolution as a standalone program or as a joint program with several of Pepperdine's other schools. The School of Law has approximately 50 full-time faculty, approximately 65 staff and nearly 10,000 alumni.

The dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the School of Law. The dean provides leadership of all teaching, research and service and represents the School within Pepperdine and externally through fundraising, career development and alumni relations. The dean reports to the provost of the university. Reporting to the dean are the vice dean academics; dean of students; dean of graduate programs; associate dean for research and faculty development; associate dean of administration and leadership development; assistant dean of admission, student information and services; assistant dean of career development; assistant dean of Law Library; assistant dean of information services; academic and managing directors of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; and executive assistant to the dean.

The successful candidate will possess the leadership skills, vision and enthusiasm to build on the School of Law's tradition of academic excellence. The successful candidate must be an experienced legal educator, jurist or practitioner with experience in legal education. The successful candidate will have a strong record of legal scholarship, be eligible for a tenured teaching appointment at the School of Law, possess excellent administrative and leadership abilities, and demonstrate a commitment to advancing the intellectual and spiritual mission of the School. The successful candidate should be capable of further raising the profile and enhancing the reputation of the School of Law among its peers. A strong academic background is required for consideration, including a juris doctor from an ABA/AALS-accredited institution.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made, effective in July 2017. To ensure full consideration, please forward a letter of interest and CV to by November 21, 2016. Please direct inquiries and nominations to Korn Ferry c/o John Amer, Senior Client Partner, at (310) 556-8577.


Pepperdine University is an independent Christian university affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment practices. Pepperdine reserves the right to seek, hire and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists.