Dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law

Position Details

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law. UDC is the only public university in Washington, D.C., and the nation’s only exclusively urban land-grant institution. It is an HBCU and an affiliate member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The new dean will be expected to lead the law school forward by implementing a progressive strategy for growth and excellence.

The new dean will have a distinguished record of accomplishments as a scholar and teacher in his/her area of specialization, as well as a strong commitment to service-centered leadership to faculty, students, and the greater community, that are commensurate with appointment as a full professor under the faculty appointment standards of UDC Law. Successful experience in managing change is highly desired. Successful experience in community relations and fundraising is a plus. Please see the full profile for further details of the expectations of the position.

As an HBCU committed to opening up the legal profession to groups underrepresented at the bar, UDC Law trains students to value diversity and interact effectively with clients, colleagues, and others from a range of racial, social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.  UDC remains the only public law school in the District of Columbia, offering a comparatively inexpensive, high-quality, practice-ready legal education.

In the decades since its founding, UDC Law has graduated thousands of students while providing life-changing legal services to countless low-income District residents. UDC Law has developed nationally recognized service learning programs, cutting-edge clinical offerings, and transformational public service projects, continuing to innovate, inspire, and lead in legal education. UDC Law is ranked #8 Best Clinical Legal Training (U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Schools, 2019).

Nominations, Applications, and Inquiries

The search committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue to work until an appointment is made. View the position profile for more detailed information. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by September 21, 2018 and include a letter of interest that directly responds to the Opportunities & Challenges, and Qualifications and Qualities sections of the profile, a current curriculum vitae, and five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted until a later stage of the search and without permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence. Send applications electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to This search is being assisted by AGB Search, Inc. and welcomes nominators and prospective candidates to contact the following individuals: Dr. Richard A. Wueste,, 540-431-5131 and Dr. Ronald Carter,, 704-930-6515.

Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.  

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business,  or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference:  Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation.  The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia.  The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.
Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.
Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans .and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: