Within United States legal education, selecting law-school leaders-deans and others-from outside the law school and even academia overall is a growing trend, just at a time when law schools are also finding that their deans must be more active in the external world beyond the law school. These related developments are the focus of this paper. Both trends may be more common in the United States than elsewhere, but as the world grows smaller, approaches to legal education borrow from each other. The United States experience may be relevant to law-school deans from all countries as we face the future together.
Elizabeth R. Parker, The Role of Law Schools and Law School Leadership in a Changing World: On Being an "Outside Dean"-The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Experience, 29 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 121 (2010).