The Opportunity

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) seeks an innovative and inspiring leader with a record of significant impact and a deep commitment to social justice for the Dean of the LMU Loyola Law School (LLS). The new dean will enhance LLS in a manner consistent with LMU’s distinctive Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount mission of academic excellence in a diverse and inclusive setting, with a demonstrated appreciation for groundbreaking scholarship and whole-person learning, global vision and imagination, creativity and cultural humility, diversity and inclusion, and a passion for faith and justice. For more than 100 years, the Loyola community has sought innovative means to use law and legal education to lift others, coupling intellectual rigor with entrepreneurial spirit. The new dean will carry that rich tradition forward.

Reporting to the Provost, the new dean will play a key role in shaping the future of LLS. With a clear and compelling vision and an intention to lead with humility, kindness, wisdom, courage, and the highest ethical standards, the new dean will continue to position Loyola Law School at the forefront of legal education, empowering its graduates to become leaders and agents of positive change in the profession and in society. In addition to having extensive management experience, the new dean will bring a strong record of fundraising experience or a willingness to learn and work closely with University Advancement to leverage LLS’s prime location in the heart of Los Angeles to propel it to new heights of academic excellence and prominence.

Founded in 1911, LMU is a top-ranked national university rooted in the Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount traditions and committed to fostering a diverse academic community rich in opportunity for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. The university recruits, retains, and supports an elite faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service. LMU’s three campuses are embedded in the heart of Los Angeles, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation, technology, business, and entrepreneurship, and the university is deeply immersed in the intellectual and cultural fabric of the city.

LMU Sacred Heart Chapel
LMU Sacred Heart Chapel

About the University

The Westchester campus of Loyola Marymount University is located just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport in L.A.’s tech corridor known as Silicon Beach, where innovation and media thrive and world-changing ideas are imagined, formed, and disseminated. The campus sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific coast and is regularly named one of the top 10 most beautiful campuses in America. LMU Loyola Law School’s campus, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is in the heart of the thriving downtown legal community. In 2018, LMU opened its third Los Angeles location in Playa Vista, affording it the ability to grow its industry partnerships through immersive and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, career pathways for students, and community engaged learning and service projects. LMU provides more than 5,400 jobs concentrated in California.

LMU, an R2 institution in the Carnegie classifications, has a highly esteemed faculty who are globally recognized scholars, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright scholars, and many other accomplished academic leaders. LMU has been recognized internationally as among the nation’s best for its programs, curricula, and student life. LMU ranks No. 77 among national universities on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Colleges list, and the Wall Street Journal ranked LMU among the top 15 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities in their World University Rankings in 2022. For more information on LMU’s rankings, visit

LMU delivers an exceptional learning experience to its roughly 10,000 students and enrolls an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body. It recruits competitive students from an increasingly talented, diverse, and global applicant pool from every state and nearly 100 countries. The university’s cocurricular programs include 22 Division I and varsity sports, 20 housing facilities, 222 registered student organizations, 31 fraternities, sororities, and service organizations, and nationally acclaimed, student-run media programs in radio, television, yearbook, and newspaper. LMU students are committed to working for and with others; they provide over 250,000 annual community and pro bono service hours to nearly 250 community organizations.

  • LMU offers rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and by intention and philosophy, the university invites ambitious individuals diverse in talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds to enrich its educational community and advance its threefold mission:

    • The encouragement of learning
    • The education of the whole person
    • The service of faith and the promotion of justice

    The university takes its fundamental inspiration from the combined heritage of the Society of Jesus, The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, a composite religious heritage that distinguishes LMU among Catholic universities. Informed by Roman Catholicism’s robust social teaching and commitment to justice, LMU enrolls, employs, and celebrates the contributions of persons of all faiths to its distinctive mission. Please visit Mission and Ministry to view the full mission statement and our complement of faith-based programs.

  • “Creating the World We Want to Live In” is LMU’s strategic plan for the 2021-26 period. This plan articulates a strategic vision for LMU’s future: “In fulfillment of its mission, LMU will form a new generation of ethical leaders able to identify, analyze, and respond to the most challenging problems facing our rapidly changing global society.” Three strategic commitments are integral to the successful achievement of that vision: anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation and adaptability; and extending LMU’s reach. The strategic planning process provided the impetus and direction for LMU’s $750 million campaign, which will enter into its public phase in the fall of 2025.

  • LMU is governed by its Board of Trustees and led by President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., and the President’s Cabinet, composed of executive university leaders responsible for managing and overseeing the institution. The academic deans lead the university’s seven colleges and schools, and the university’s outstanding library resources are overseen in close collaboration by the dean of the William H. Hannon Library and the Director of the William M. Rains Library.

    President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.

    Timothy Law Snyder is the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University. He is a distinguished educator, mathematician, and academic leader, serving Jesuit institutions for more than 30 years.

    Prior to LMU, President Snyder served as vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland from 2007-14. He was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University from 2001-07, and dean of science at Georgetown University from 1995-99. President Snyder has devoted his career to the Jesuit and Marymount tradition of encouraging learning, educating whole persons, and furthering the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

    Under President Snyder's bold leadership, LMU seeks to create the world we want to live in through inclusivity, creativity, and by extending its global reach with impact. Guided by the university’s mission, President Snyder inspires the community to pursue new heights of excellence, as evidenced by record-setting enrollments; exceeding fundraising goals; its reclassification as a Carnegie R2 doctoral university with high research activity; LMU leading the way as a top five Jesuit University and a top five National University in Southern California; LMU being awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society; expanding the university’s leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and anti-racism programs; and key infrastructure additions.

    He earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University. He also graduated with an M.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in psychology, and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Toledo. 

    Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Poon, Ph.D.

    Thomas Poon, Ph.D., became executive vice president and provost on June 1, 2017. He leads the university’s Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs divisions, including overseeing the university’s educational, scholarly, and creative activities, student and professional development, registrar, and admissions areas. He is also a tenured professor of chemistry. Poon reports to the president.

    Poon has collaborated with various campus leaders to realize institutional success and new initiatives at the university. In 2018, LMU opened its Playa Vista Campus, a stunning 50,000 square foot facility in the heart of Silicon Beach, L.A.'s technology hub and home to over 500 companies and start-ups. That same year, LMU celebrated its excellence in the liberal arts and sciences with the installation of a new chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Poon oversaw the long overdue recognition of the university as a leading research institution through its transformation from masters serving to R2 institution by the Center for Postsecondary Research through its Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This also led to a reclassification of LMU from regional to national university status by U.S. News & World Report.

    Poon earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA and his Bachelor of Science degree at Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution. 

  • LMU offers more than 150 degrees, certificates, and credentials to prepare outstanding individuals for lives of meaning, purpose, and professional success. The institution’s academic breadth and depth comes from pre-eminent faculty, who have built LMU’s reputation as one of the nation’s top universities.

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    LMU is a leader in addressing, fostering, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) both on our campuses and with our community partners. Unique in higher education, LMU’s Anti-Racism Project invites and challenges members of the LMU community to engage in a collective commitment to anti-racism at multiple levels (e.g., institution-wide, unit-level, and individual). One of the first universities in the nation to establish an African American Studies department in 1968, LMU is in the process of incorporating DEI university-wide in its promotion and tenure standards across all three areas of scholarship, teaching, and service.

    Colleges and Schools 

    LMU’s seven colleges and schools boast best-in-the nation programs in the liberal arts, science and engineering, social sciences, film and television, law, business, education, and more.

  • The diversity of the Los Angeles area has always been one of its greatest strengths. Los Angeles has the largest Latino population of any major American city, and LMU is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, having recently been awarded the prestigious Hispanic Scholarship Fund Education Partner of the Year. It is also home to more people of Korean heritage than any other city outside of the Korean Peninsula and is home to more people of Filipino heritage than any city outside of Manila. More than half of the population in the K-12 school system is composed of ethnically diverse students. As America’s most populated county, L.A. County is also the third-most racially diverse county in the United States. LMU students and faculty take all that Los Angeles has to offer and use it as a background for understanding the complexity of cultures, industries, images, and opportunities that Southern California embraces.

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Students sitting outside Merrifield

About the Law School

Established in 1920, Loyola Law School has been an American Bar Association-approved law school since 1935. LLS is located in Los Angeles — the legal, financial, and media capital of California — and is home to prominent faculty, dedicated students, remarkable alumni, and cutting-edge programs. The first ABA-approved law school in California with a pro bono requirement for graduation, LLS is committed to legal ethics, social justice, and the public interest, and has produced top attorneys for more than a century.

Mission & Values

The mission of Loyola Law School is to provide legal education within the context of Loyola Marymount University and its goals as a Catholic institution in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. In carrying out this mission, it is the particular responsibility of Loyola Law School to:

  • Achieve and maintain excellence in the instruction of law and promote legal scholarship and research in the context of academic freedom;

  • Seek to educate students who will be leaders of both the legal profession and society, demonstrating in their practice of law and public service the highest standards of personal integrity, professional ethics, and a deep concern for social justice;

  • Act at all times as an institution in a manner consistent with those values; and

  • Distinguish itself by its concern for social justice. LLS should continue its efforts to provide opportunities for legal education to the poor, the underprivileged, women, and minorities. Loyola Law School has a long-standing commitment to diversity and adheres to and supports all legal requirements for non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its programs. As a Jesuit-related institution, the Law School recognizes its moral and ethical obligation to provide opportunities for a quality legal education to qualified applicants of diverse backgrounds, interests, and professional objectives.


  • An elite faculty.  Loyola's professors, including an exceptional cohort of junior faculty, graduated from leading law schools such as Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Michigan, Virginia, Penn, and NYU.  One third of the faculty has advanced degrees in addition to a J.D., and 27 faculty members have held federal clerkships.  Faculty have advised presidents, cabinet officials, governors, mayors, and legislators and administrative bodies at every level of government, have been appointed to federal, state, and local office, and have negotiated both legislation and international treaties; faculty have led, regularly collaborate with, and occasionally represent prominent nonprofit organizations, and lend their expertise on pressing issues before legislatures, courts, and arbitral panels.

  • Productive scholars.  The faculty includes authors of leading casebooks, treatises, and other scholarly volumes; peer-reviewed articles; legal blogs; and works with top placements, including, in the last two years, books and chapters with Oxford, Stanford, Northwestern, Cornell, and the University of California presses, and articles at the flagship law reviews at Yale, NYU, Penn, UC Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Arizona, and Washington University. 

  • A firm devotion to public service and social justice.  The depth of Loyola's unparalleled commitment to pro bono service is reflected in more than 60,000 pro bono hours per year provided by LLS students, in the variety and richness of the school's 20+ live-client legal clinics, and in the LLS centers that further policy engagement and scholarship in a diverse array of public interest subjects.  LLS also seeks to provide opportunities for individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend law school, with a student body named one of the most diverse in the country and a part-time program established more than a century ago and consistently ranked No. 1 on the West Coast. LLS prizes its culture, which is built on shared compassion, support, and respect among faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

  • A record of recognized excellence.  Loyola’s top-10 tax program also includes graduate degrees in tax, including a Tax LL.M. in an online format ranked No. 3 in the nation in 2021.  Similarly, its trial advocacy program is ranked No. 5 in the country, and is in its ninth year in a row in the top 10 nationwide.  Student moot court, mock trial, and other advocacy teams have been named champions of more than 100 competitions.

  • A commitment to continuing curricular improvement.  With a long-standing tradition of preparing lawyers adept in analytical and professional skills and ready to practice from the day they graduate, LLS’s academic programs stay student-focused and comprehensive.  There are manifestations of this innovation throughout the curriculum: for example, Loyola was the first law school in the country to mandate a learning outcome devoted to deconstructing systemic inequality, has transformed access for working professionals with its new hybrid part-time J.D. program, and has created a wealth of new opportunities for experiential learning and courses offered by a faculty devoted to excellence in legal writing and lawyering skills.

  • An extraordinary alumni base.  More than 19,000 alumni are active in law practice, business, and public service, including more than 200 alumni serving on the bench and more than 800 alumni serving as law firm partners.  Alumni have served as leaders of state, national, and international bar associations, and as local, state, and national elected and appointed public officials.  And Loyola is regularly among the best-represented schools in rosters like Variety's Legal Impact Report and repeatedly sees more alumni named Southern California Super Lawyers than any other institution.

  • A successful path to practice.  Loyola’s employment rate for 2021 grads and its bar pass rate for 2021 first time takers were both 88%, sixth in the state in both categories, and well above the 77% weighted average bar pass for ABA-approved California schools.  Eleven concentration programs build coursework to an experiential capstone. 

  • Deep ties to a world-class city.  The LLS campus was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, in a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation, technology, business, and entrepreneurship, in the heart of a vibrant downtown near law firms and courts that provide field placements and job experiences for our students, and just 30 minutes from both beaches and mountains.
  • As part of Loyola Marymount University’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, LLS’s priority goals supporting LMU’s spotlight initiatives include:

    • LLS will seek progress toward becoming an authentically anti-racist law school, reflecting its professional duty to advance justice in any and all legal areas of practice, as well as its commitment to dismantle institutionalized racism and other forms of structural subordination within the law school and the broader community.

    • LLS will adapt its curricular and co-curricular programming to provide innovative, competitive, mission-resonant education that responds to societal needs, new market climates, and innovations in law and technology.

    • Recognizing that legal services are a necessary but not sufficient support for individuals whose lives have been impacted by multiple forms of subordination (the types of clients served by LLS faculty and students), LLS will adapt the curricula to establish an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to enhance students’ ability to provide holistic and effective legal and policy advocacy.

    • LLS will adapt its clinical curricular offerings to be responsive to evolving community needs and gaps in the legal marketplace, and to expand opportunities for student-centered experiential learning fostering personalized connections between students and the faculty and staff who support them.

    • LLS will expand access to a J.D. education, especially among “post-traditional learners” who cannot commit to a full-time J.D. course schedule, and who (for work, family, or other reasons) cannot feasibly commute to and from our downtown Los Angeles campus multiple nights each week.
  • LLS offers the following degree programs: Juris Doctor (in a full-time day program and a part-time program), Masters of Law (in a general LL.M. and a Tax LL.M.), Masters of Science in Legal Studies (M.L.S.), and Doctor of Juridical Science. LLS’s part-time J.D. program, established more than a century ago, has consistently been ranked No. 1 on the west coast; the Tax LL.M. is also available in an online format, ranked No. 3 in the nation in 2021. LLS also offers two joint degree programs: a J.D./M.B.A., and a J.D./Tax LL.M. With nationally and internationally renowned faculty providing instruction, LLS allows students to concentrate their studies in fields like Civil Litigation and Advocacy, Corporate Law, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy (the first program of its kind on the west coast), Entertainment & Media Law, Entrepreneurship, Immigrant Advocacy, Intellectual Property Law, International & Comparative Law, Public Interest Law, and Tax Law. 

    With a long-standing tradition of preparing lawyers adept in analytical and professional skills and ready to practice from the day they graduate, LLS’s academic programs are student-focused and comprehensive. Students gain hands-on real-world experience in clinics, practica, simulation courses, field placements, advocacy teams, and other experiential learning opportunities both on campus and in the community. These opportunities include participation in LLS’s top-ranked moot court and trial advocacy programs, a transactional lawyering institute with a first-in-the-country curriculum, and a nationally recognized program in legal writing and lawyering skills.

    LMU Loyola Law School was the first ABA-approved school in California with a pro bono graduation requirement, and today, its unparalleled commitment to social justice is reflected in the variety and richness of its 20+ live-client legal clinics, whose students dedicate more than 60,000 hours per year to serving clients. Known collectively as the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic (LSJLC), the clinics share a 23,000-square-foot facility that simulates the experience of a law practice with several specialties, thereby giving students practical experience working in an interdisciplinary law-firm setting. From fact investigation, research and brief writing to trial and appellate court arguments, mediation, administrative agency advocacy, community education, and policy coalitions, students find wide-ranging opportunities to learn practical skills in the LSJLC, while expanding access to justice. A sampling of the clinics in the LSJLC includes the Loyola Project for the Innocent, the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, the Youth Justice Education Clinic, the Loyola Genocide Justice Clinic, the mediation and conciliation clinics of our Center for Conflict Resolution, the Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic and Shriver Landlord Tenant Clinic, the Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic, and several different Tax Clinics. 

    Centers are an integral part of LLS’s academic offerings, fostering the Law School’s mission of educating the whole lawyer, and providing a range of perspectives on myriad topics to help students and faculty share their ideas. With a focus on both scholarship and deep policy engagement in key subject areas, the wide array of centers include the Center for Juvenile Law & Policy; LLS Anti-Racism Center; Center for the Study of Law & Genocide; Civil Justice Program; Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation; International Human Rights Center; and Loyola Public Interest Institute.

  • Loyola Law School’s professors graduated from leading law schools such as Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Michigan, Virginia, Penn, and NYU, and former faculty have recently gone on to teach full-time at Harvard, Yale, Penn, UCLA, UC Irvine, and other notable institutions. One third of the faculty has advanced degrees in addition to a J.D., and 27 faculty members have held federal clerkships (21 as clerks on the federal appellate courts).

    The faculty includes authors of leading casebooks, treatises, and other scholarly volumes; peer-reviewed articles; legal blogs; and works with top placements, including, in the last two years, books and chapters with Oxford, Stanford, Northwestern, Cornell, and the University of California presses, and articles at the flagship law reviews at Yale, NYU, Penn, UC Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Arizona, and Washington University. The LLS faculty also includes a powerhouse cohort of junior research faculty members, who are exploring AI and algorithmic justice, developing a new model of work law (in work selected for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale junior faculty forum), publishing groundbreaking research on the school-to-prison pipeline with Stanford University Press, unpacking the role of patent law in innovation, and securing prestigious grants to further interdisciplinary research aimed at criminal justice reform.

    Giving further life to the school’s mission, LLS faculty are also deeply involved in public service. Faculty have advised presidents, cabinet officials, governors, mayors, and legislators and administrative bodies at every level of government, have been appointed to federal, state, and local office, and have negotiated both legislation and international treaties; faculty have led, regularly collaborate with, and occasionally represent prominent nonprofit organizations, and lend their expertise on pressing issues before legislatures, courts, and arbitral panels.

  • With more than 1,000 students and a first-year class of approximately 300 students, LLS is a multidimensional community—a thriving mix of backgrounds, interests, cultures, and points of view, named in 2023 as one of the most diverse schools in America by preLaw Magazine. Our students come to us from more than 100 undergraduate institutions and hail from almost every state and internationally.

    Entering J.D. classes regularly include students with government, nonprofit, and corporate experience, Emmy winners and veterans, teachers, coaches, scientists, musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs; our other graduate programs include experienced lawyers, law graduates, and professionals from dozens of countries. Students are well supported by Academic Success and Bar Programs, Campus Ministry, and a Career Development Office, and in support of our mission to broaden access to legal education, we offer additional programming for our robust cohort of first-generation students and their families.

    LLS students are engaged in a broad array of campus activities and organizations, including the three student-edited law reviews: Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, and Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review.

  • More than 19,000 alumni are active in law practice, business, and public service, including more than 200 alumni serving on the bench and more than 800 alumni serving as law firm partners. Alumni have served as leaders of state, national, and international bar associations, and as local, state, and national elected and appointed public officials.  And Loyola graduates stay engaged with the school: in addition to supporting students in launching their careers, hundreds of alumni give their time and energy as mentors, including in specific programs for first-year students, student fellows, student organizations, and award-winning student competition teams.  

  • Loyola Law School's Board of Directors serves as an advisory board charged with the responsibility to provide counsel to the dean, senior administration, and others designated by the dean. The Board of Directors is composed of alumni of LLS who are actively engaged in a wide range of legal professions as well as corporations and industries.

  • Loyola Law School has a long-standing commitment to training attorneys who use their legal education to help others. LLS was the first ABA-accredited school in California to institute a pro bono service requirement and students routinely exceed the 40 required hours of pro bono service, donating more than 60,000 hours of pro bono service annually. LLS’s Public Interest department connects students with pro bono opportunities and advises students and alumni pursuing public interest careers, including support for post-graduate fellowships. In the past two years, LLS students were awarded fellowships from Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and Justice Catalyst. LLS also funds several post-graduate public interest fellowships of its own, in addition to supporting summer public interest grants.

    LLS offers a Public Interest Law concentration with a dedicated adviser and a wealth of experiential opportunities, including the Social Justice Law Clinic. LLS students recently founded the new Loyola Interdisciplinary Journal of Public Interest Law to better highlight stories of underrepresented communities relevant to public interest advocacy and education.

  • In 1964, Loyola Law School moved to its present location in the Pico-Union district, occupying the building that now houses the William M. Rains Library. Expansion of the Law School facilities began in 1980 when Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry was commissioned to design the campus. The Gehry-designed campus has been the subject of both local and international architectural acclaim, and Gehry's campus designs have won the profession's highest recognition for design excellence.

    Composed of a series of contemporary buildings clustered around a central plaza, the campus is at once intimate and open. The classrooms, offices, study, and social spaces provide LLS students with an attractive and inviting environment for the study of law and for social and intellectual exchange.

    The campus is located in downtown Los Angeles, the center of legal activity and commerce in Southern California. This proximity to the downtown area is extremely advantageous for LLS students because of the convenient access to federal and state courts and to the central offices of many major law firms.

LLS students before class

About the Position

As the chief academic and executive officer of the Loyola Law School, the dean is responsible for the vitality and administration of all programs and activities within the school. The dean, as senior academic administrator, is a member of the Dean’s Council and reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost. In consultation with the faculty, the dean ensures LLS educational programs are exceptional in quality and designed to meet the needs of the school’s diverse student population. The dean also promotes and supports high standards in teaching and scholarship.

The dean is responsible for donor development and fundraising for LLS and represents LLS to internal and external constituencies. Administrative leadership reporting to the dean are the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management, Associate Dean for Faculty, Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, Associate Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Associate Dean for Student Services and Dean of Students, and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. The dean oversees LLS’s annual budget of $52 million and reviews the annual budgets of the departments and programs. Providing overall leadership for LLS, the dean is collegial and welcoming to students, faculty, staff, fellow deans and administrators, alumni, donors, and community leaders.

Leadership Opportunities for the New Dean

Foster Commitment to Loyola Law School's Distinct Mission

Building upon the commitment to LMU’s Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount traditions and values, the new dean will have the opportunity to foster a diverse academic community that embraces social justice, diversity, and inclusion, as well as engender intellectual engagement and real-world impact in a contemporary and changing world. LLS’s dedication to its mission will help guide strategic decisions and prioritize the use of resources. The new dean’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice will be put to practice and integrated into research, scholarship, and the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students. Further, the new dean will advance LLS’s progress towards the goal of becoming an authentically anti-racist law school.

Develop a Vision and Strategic Plan for Loyola Law School

Building on LLS’s considerable strength, the new dean will lead the LLS community in developing and implementing a strategic plan for LLS consistent with the key strategic goals of the university. The new dean will have the opportunity to recruit, retain, and lead a diverse LLS community, to lead and promote a culture of inclusivity, collegiality, respect, transparency, and collaboration, and to elevate LLS's visibility and reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally. In creating a vision and strategic plan to lead LLS forward, the new dean will have the opportunity to deepen LLS’s commitment to expanding access to legal education and to further leverage LLS’s prime location in downtown Los Angeles, which offers students ready access to internships, field placements, and job opportunities at law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, and in the state and federal courts.

Grow Fundraising and Alumni Engagement

With a diverse base of 19,000 alumni offering innovative ideas, connections with prospective employers, and corporate and industry partners, the new dean will have the opportunity to collaborate with alumni not only in Southern California but nationwide. As LLS engages in the university’s current $750 million comprehensive campaign, the new dean will have to be strategic in prioritizing alumni engagement and fundraising efforts, as well as balancing the cultivation of financial resources to fund scholarships, clinics, centers, and other operational needs while building a larger endowment for LLS.

Intensify Loyola Law School’s Reputation and Visibility

LLS-trained lawyers, known for their commitment to social justice and public interest work, are practice-ready from the moment they graduate, trained by faculty nationally renowned in their respective fields. The new dean will have the opportunity to enhance and expand LLS’s reputation and visibility within Southern California, across the country, and internationally. With multiple top-10 programs and a faculty delivering exceptional impact in both scholarship and public service, the new dean will lead the effort to continue to strengthen the LLS brand. The dean will embrace the roles of advocate and ambassador for LLS to share its story and spotlight its reputation as a distinctive and prominent law school that prepares students for successful legal careers while emphasizing practical skills, social justice, and a commitment to making a positive impact on society.

Enhance the Financial, Administrative, and Physical Infrastructure

The new dean will have the opportunity to further diversify revenue streams consistent with Loyola’s mission and prioritize resources to ensure the administrative infrastructure is sound in support of LLS’s strategic goals and the school’s effective and efficient operations. The LLS campus, designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry, also presents opportunities for the new dean to rethink space use and strategies to update and enhance the facilities and align operating and service hours to be more conducive to teaching, learning, and collaboration in support of the LLS community engaged in both the day and evening programs.

Embrace Innovation in Student-Centered Legal Education

The new dean will inspire, challenge, and propel the LLS community forward through the changing landscape of legal education, attentive to emerging trends in legal and related practices. The new dean will foster an academic environment in which the law school adapts its programming to provide innovative, competitive, and mission-resonant education that responds to societal needs, new market climates, and innovations in law and technology. The new dean will support an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to legal education to enhance students’ ability to provide holistic and effective legal and policy advocacy and ensure that the clinical curricular offerings are responsive to community needs while expanding experiential learning opportunities in the Los Angeles area and beyond. LLS will have the opportunity to take advantage of technological advances to continue to deliver top-quality pedagogy and student-centered instructional design. The new dean will further enhance student achievement by providing proactive and innovative student services for academic advising, wellness counseling, and career development, as well as students’ success in bar passage and employment following graduation.

Build a Stronger Loyola Law School Community

As LLS continues to emerge from remote teaching, learning, and operations in response to the COVID pandemic, the new dean will have the opportunity to engender a renewed sense of connectivity and foster the collegial team culture prized by the LLS community. The new dean will offer strategies to recruit, onboard, and retain new faculty and staff and link community members in person and virtually, in Southern California and beyond.

LLS students in class

Dean’s Role and Responsibilities

  • Provide visionary and strategic leadership for Loyola Law School’s faculty, staff, and students.
  • Continue to support and strengthen a diverse, equitable, and inclusive LLS community.
  • Embrace and pursue the mission of LLS consistent with the Jesuit tradition of cultivating the highest standards of legal excellence and personal integrity, promoting social justice and public service, and ensuring educational opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them.
  • Support, enhance, and promote excellence in faculty teaching, pathbreaking scholarship, and service to the institution and community, with the willingness to serve as mentor.
  • Attract, retain, and support the advancement of a high quality and diverse faculty, student body, and staff roster.
  • Uphold the commitment to fostering a student-centered learning environment by supporting innovations that enhance the law school experience, professional development, and career opportunities for all students.
  • Foster a positive and collaborative relationship between LLS and the LMU Westchester campus and leverage university services in a collaborative, synergetic, and productive manner.
  • Enhance and expand the law school’s reputation and visibility nationwide by building on its strengths and by effective communication of LLS faculty research and scholarship as well as innovative initiatives and programming.
  • Elevate LLS’s international reputation and presence in order to expand student recruitment and to enhance students’ international and cultural awareness in preparation for careers in an increasingly global economy.
  • Engage with alumni, law firms, judges, public officials, corporations, industries, and nonprofit organizations in Southern California and across the nation to foster engagement, partnerships, opportunities for faculty and students, and philanthropy.
  • Manage and enhance financial and human resources for LLS with the ability to discern the strategic use of limited resources to maximize return on investment.
  • Expand the financial resources of LLS by exploring and generating new revenue streams and through robust fundraising.
  • Support innovations that expand and diversify academic programs such as LLS’s hybrid part-time J.D. program and non-J.D. graduate programs, consistent with the school’s mission.
  • Serve as a member of the Provost’s Deans’ Council and collaborate with fellow deans on interdisciplinary programs and research, joint faculty appointments, and other initiatives.
  • Work with the LLS Board of Directors to frame the direction of LLS, monitor strategic plans, steward LLS’s resources, and support the Board’s advocacy and philanthropic efforts.

Qualifications and Desirable Characteristics 

Minimum Qualifications

  • J.D. or equivalent degree and a proven commitment to legal education, scholarship, community, and public service with the skills and experience needed to lead a student-centered and research-driven law school.
  • Eligibility for appointment as a full professor with tenure at LLS, or truly exemplary accomplishments in the legal field otherwise commensurate with the dean’s role and responsibilities.

Desired Attributes

  • Leads and manages LLS with clear communication, respect, transparency, accountability, and the ability to inspire and build consensus between diverse constituencies.
  • Values and is committed to shared governance.
  • Understands and anticipates current and future changes, challenges, and opportunities faced by higher education and legal education with the ability to chart a course forward for LLS.
  • Commits to providing student-centered legal education and comprehensive student services to students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Embraces interdisciplinarity and technological advances as an innovative, forward thinking, and transformative thought leader.
Commitment to Mission, Social Justice, and Diversity and Inclusion
  • Displays dynamic energy and enthusiasm for LLS’s mission and future.
  • Appreciates, embraces, and can be conversant about the law school’s provision of legal education within the context of Loyola Marymount University and its goals as a Catholic institution in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions.
  • Encourages cultural humility with a proven record of committing to and operationalizing social justice and diversity and inclusion initiatives. 
  • Fosters an environment that encourages creative, impactful excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Champions innovative ideas to broaden, strengthen, and reshape curriculum, degree programs, and other academic innovations.
  • Guides and oversees faculty and staff recruitment, development, evaluation, and promotion processes.
  • Develops and promotes interdisciplinary collaborations between the law school and other academic units within the university.
  • Leads comprehensive efforts to uphold accreditation standards and compliance in an environment that fosters academic success.
Philanthropy and Resource Development
  • Possesses a track record of successful fundraising and/or interest in and aptitude to learn and excel in the advancement process.
  • Demonstrates the potential for success in engaging with and inspiring alumni to develop resources and opportunities for students and graduates.
  • Serves as a relationship builder and connector with a record of success in developing relationships with the legal community, government, corporate and industry partners, and others.
Strategic Planning and Administration
  • Commands proven experience with strategic planning and the ability to frame, advance, and implement a vision for LLS to achieve its goals and mission.
  • Holds a demonstrated record of administrative, human resources, financial management, and other experience that reflects the ability to lead an innovative law school with comprehensive and complex academic programs.
Interpersonal and Communications Skills
  • Excels as a communicator with good listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Engages effectively with a wide range of internal and external constituents to champion LLS’s story and foster engagement with and support of LLS.
  • Embodies absolute integrity.  


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Applications, Nominations, and Expressions of Interest

AGB Search is pleased to assist Loyola Law School with this leadership search.

Start Date

The appointment for the new dean is expected to start in summer 2024.


The expected annual (12-month) salary range for this position is $370K to $430K, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


To apply for the dean position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • a full CV or resume;
  • a letter that expresses your interest in this position and addresses how you meet the qualifications and attributes as outlined in the profile; and
  • contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Application materials should be sent to: by October 28, 2023, for best consideration.

The search will remain open until an appointment is made. Semifinalists for the position will be invited for a confidential in-person interview in Los Angeles on November 13-14, 2023.

Nominations and Expressions of Interest

Nominations and expressions of interest in the dean position are encouraged. Please direct them to the AGB Search consultants listed below:


Kimberly Templeton, J.D., Principal / 540.761.9494

Phoebe Stevenson, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant / 202.255.3162

Anne Hoffman, Executive Search Associate / 805.490.9161