Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs
The Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs is responsible
for all administrative aspects of the University of Pennsylvania Law
School's graduate degree programs (LL.M., LL.C.M., and S.J.D. programs,
designed primarily for international lawyers and law students) and is the
administrator of a variety of international law related projects throughout
the Law School.
Reporting to the Vice Dean for Administrative Services, the Assistant Dean
for Graduate Programs has three core functions: recruiting and admitting a
talented student body, ensuring their satisfactory transition to their
studies, and coordinating the Law School's international law programs.
Recruiting & Admissions:
- develop and implement recruiting strategies to bring the
strongest possible group of international lawyers and students of the law to
Penn for graduate study,
- develop relationships with law faculty and programs around
the world to promote Penn Law,
- with the Dean and the Committee on International Programs,
develop and implement admissions and financial aid strategies,
- have an excellent understanding of legal education programs
around the world,
- read applications and render decisions, referring appropriate
cases to the Committee, to admit approximately 80 LL.M. students annually,
with additional LL.C.M. and S.J.D. candidates as appropriate.
Transition to Studies:
- organize and provide administrative support for a mandatory,
credit bearing program introducing the American Legal system to the LL.M.
class, prior to the start of the fall semester,
- provide counseling on academic matters and basic career
advice to graduate students,
- ensure students' smooth adjustment to study in the US,
including assistance with housing, visa, health, and family matters as
possible and appropriate,
- work with Career Planning & Placement to prepare LL.M.
students for exploration of the US legal system and employment market.
- serve as Penn Law's ambassador to various external
constituencies of the international program (schools that send students to
Penn, potential employers, other international programs),
- serve as primary coordinator for international exchange
programs and visiting scholars programs,
- provide administrative support for the international academic
program, which may include the development of innovative programs and
international law resources as well as arrangements for speakers,
conferences, and visitors.
This is a full-time position with full University benefits.
JD, LLM, or equivalent foreign degree in law, or graduate degree strongly
preferred; BA or BS required. Experience in the administration of
international legal education or programs, or with international law
students, strongly preferred. Admissions experience
assessing international law degrees a plus. Ability to work with extremely
diverse populations required; languages in addition to English preferred.
Ability to develop and implement creative programming goals essential.
Ability to work cooperatively with
various Law School departments, faculty, and staff to achieve program goals.
Commitment to service to students, which defines Penn Law, essential. For
appropriate candidates, some teaching may be possible.
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to the attention of:
Jo-Ann Verrier, Vice Dean for Administrative Services
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204
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