California Western School of Law - Dean of Students

CA, San Diego

California Western School of Law (CWSL), one of California’s most diverse, inclusive and innovative law schools is accepting inquiries, nominations and application for a new Dean of Students.

California Western School of Law is San Diego’s oldest law school and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2024. CWSL is an ABA-approved (1962), AALS member (1967), independent, not for profit law school with over 650 JD students and the nation’s only fully Spanish language LLM. Situated near San Diego’s Little Italy district, CWSL was named in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report as among the top ten law schools in the country for ethnic diversity and among the nation’s top three law schools for experiential education credits.

Reporting to President and Dean Sean Megan Scott, who began her tenure in August 2020, the Dean of Students is member of the leadership team and works closely with the other administrators, the faculty and students to advance the mission of CWSL. The Dean of Students will be a creative and resourceful leader with both the passion and the experience to advance the aspirations of CWSL and to build on a deep commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The new leader will be a partner to the faculty and the academic deans in their efforts to cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial environment that takes advantage of San Diego as a location and the market opportunities that the area presents in terms of educational programming, externships and ultimately job placements. By providing vision, direction and strategic leadership to departments, services and programs that have a direct impact on the entire student life cycle from admission through the arc of the program of legal education to graduation, this position offers an opportunity to matter by helping to change the trajectory of students’ lives.

The Dean of Students leads the Offices of Career and Professional Development Office (CPDO) and Student and Diversity Services (which includes disability services, counseling and mentoring resources, and support for Commencement and major events, as well as support for a robust group of student organizations). The Dean of Students also provides vision, direction and strategic leadership to facilitate students’ growth, personal and academic achievement, and career success through programs and services that boost and enhance the mission and strategic directions of CWSL. The ideal candidate will be a natural collaborator, an excellent communicator and a valued leader who is ready for innovation, calculated risk-taking, setting strategic direction and holding people accountable. While a J.D. and administrative experience in student affairs in a law school setting will be assets to this role, candidates with experience in career and professional development and/or student affairs in a higher education context will also be given full consideration.

Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Sheila Murphy and Shelley Arakawa, J.D.

California Western School of Law is committed to using the law to prevent and solve human and societal problems. In conjunction with our mission – to train ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers, representative of our diverse society and equipped to use the law effectively and creatively on behalf of all members of society – we value a rich diversity among our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as in the larger communities of which we are a part.

The law school is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The law school provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.