The Modern Law Dean: The Rainmaker
50 J. Legal Ed. 398 (2000)
31 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 6, 1999
The law deanship involves the ability to play many roles. It is the thesis of this article, however, that one role is beginning to overshadow the others. We have entered an era where more and more law deans are first and foremost public envoys, professional fundraisers, and alumni boosters. I call this law dean “the rainmaker”. Of course law deans have always been rainmakers to some extent, especially in the private schools. But today, the external role is becoming paramount throughout legal academia. This enlarged external role forces a reallocation of the dean’s time and energies. The rainmaker law dean often spends more than half of her time on rainmaking activities. This essay considers the implications of the rise of the rainmaker law dean for universities, colleges, faculties, students, and for deans themselves.
Keywords: dean, education
JEL Classification: I20
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