Santa Clara University Law School Dean Search

As many already know, Dean Don Polden is stepping down from his position at the end of this academic year.  Here’s the Dean Search announcement.

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

JOB DESCRIPTION: Santa Clara University seeks an energetic, strategic leader to serve as the next Dean of its School of Law. For the past century, the School has dedicated itself to providing students with a rigorous education that inspires, transforms, and helps build a better, more just world. Through its prolific faculty, robust clinical programs, broad range of summer programs abroad, and extraordinarily diverse student body, the School of Law cultivates practice-ready lawyers who can represent clients effectively and ethically in an increasingly complex legal environment. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the School has garnered a strong national reputation for its Centers in High Tech Law, Global Law and Policy, and Social Justice and Public Service. The successful candidate will embrace and pursue the School’s distinctive mission within a Jesuit University, will guide and support the development of high-quality academic programs, and will creatively lead the School’s fundraising initiatives.

To review the full position description, please visit:

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The confidential review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately. The starting date for the position is July 1, 2013. Applications and nominations are encouraged by February 21, 2013, though the search will remain open until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a letter of application summarizing their qualifications, and how those qualifications speak to the needs of the position, as well as a curriculum vitae to:

Korn/Ferry International
c/o John F. Amer, Esq.
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2600
Los Angeles, California 90067

Electronic applications are preferred. Please e-mail documents to John F. Amer at:

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from persons of color and members of historically underrepresented groups. On request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations in the application process to individuals with disabilities.

1 thought on “Santa Clara University Law School Dean Search

  1. “Don Polden joined the law school at a critical time. His strategic leadership helped the law school’s positive trajectory and created a strong foundation for the next stage,” said Michael Engh, S.J., SCU president. “I am pleased that Don has agreed to work with major supporters to further the school’s fundraising goals.”

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