Law School Deans and 'The New Normal'

28 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2014

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Peter C. Alexander

UALR-Bowen School of Law; UNT-Dallas College of Law

Date Written: June 27, 2014


This article challenges law school deans to become more business-savvy and more proficient in the language of business in order to lead law schools in the new climate. The article also explores what scholars and leaders in the business world might prescribe for academic leaders, especially law school deans.

“The New Normal” was the name of a short-lived television show that ran on the NBC television network during the 2012-13 season. The premise of the show involved a well-to-do homosexual couple in Southern California who decided to have a child with the help of a surrogate mother, whom they moved into their home along with her nine-year-old daughter. Presumably, the television viewers (and there were few) were asked to accept this household structure as “the new normal.” While the television show has long ended, “the new normal” has found its way into the lexicon of America and, more surprisingly, into the current conversations about legal education.

Keywords: deans, law school deans, business, leadership

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Peter C., Law School Deans and 'The New Normal' (June 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Peter C. Alexander (Contact Author)

UALR-Bowen School of Law ( email )

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UNT-Dallas College of Law ( email )

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