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U of MN Law School Dean Search

The University of Minnesota Law School's Dean Search Committee has identified five outstanding candidates for the position of Law School dean. Finalists' visits to the Law School and interviews with the faculty will begin in early November and continue through early December. Committee co-chairs Law School Professor Kevin Reitz and Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the Carlson School of Management, say the finalists show extraordinary academic strength, leadership, and educational insight, and all were unanimously endorsed by the 13-member search committee.

The Law School ranks among the most productive and influential legal-education institutions in the nation. It offers J.D. and LL.M. degrees, participates in more than a dozen joint-degree programs as well as exchange programs with seven European nations, and houses six research institutes. The nationally and internationally renowned faculty provides superior scholarship in both domestic and international law to a student body of 840. Students have access to more than one million volumes in the law library, the eighth largest academic law library in the country. The campus is nestled in the heart of the Twin Cities, less than ten miles from the State Capitol.

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Evaluate the Finalists:
Law School faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as members of the University and the larger community are invited to assess finalists for this important position. We value your opinion. Please download and complete a Finalist Evaluation Form (PDF) for each finalist. Feel free to add comments.

The search and application process:


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Meetings & Consultation
Nov. 6 Finalists Announced
Aug. 1 Faculty Consultation Meeting
July 12 Faculty Consultation Meeting
June 1 Faculty Consultation Meeting
May 24 Faculty Consultation Meeting
May 18 Staff Meeting about the Dean Search Process
May 11 Faculty Meeting about the Dean Search Process
May 1 Provost Announces Dean Search Committee
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