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The Market for Deans

20 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2007 Last revised: 9 Feb 2010

Date Written: July 2008


Deans are extremely important figures in the performance of American law schools in modern times. And giving the growing complexity of legal education, we can expect that the importance of law school deans and deaning will only expand in the coming years. It is especially vexing, then, that the market for deans is - and will likely continue to be - more bear than bull. Why is this and why should we care? Social science geeks beware: The methodology in this discussion paper is a loose admixture of anecdote, polemic, and preliminary data. A more complete analysis would, of course, require the careful study to which this essay only suggests.

Keywords: deans, law school, deaning

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Rodriguez, Daniel B., The Market for Deans (July 2008). Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, Forthcoming; U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 131; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 08-037. Available at SSRN:

Daniel Rodriguez (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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