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Job Description

Touro Law Center, located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, effective July 1, 2012.

The current Dean, Lawrence Raful, is completing a successful tenure, leading the school through a period of significant growth and will be remaining with the Law Center as full professor of legal ethics.

Touro is one of two law schools on Long Island, an area of almost three million people, within a one hour drive to New York City.

The ideal candidate will have a distinguished professional background that evidences the candidate's potential for leadership in achieving and maintaining excellence and innovation in teaching, research, scholarship and service in the public interest.

Candidates may demonstrate the capacity to fill the position by records of distinction in any of the following fields: legal education, the judiciary, the practice of law or government service.

Touro Law Center offers a progressive curriculum, rich with practical learning opportunities, to a student body that is engaged in the community and world around them. In 2007, Touro Law moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Central Islip, New York. Taking advantage of its location adjacent to both a federal and a state courthouse, the law school offers innovative courses for students that bring together the academy, the bar and the bench, to ensure that students are prepared for the practice of law. Touro Law's curriculum is both local and global, featuring summer study abroad programs in five countries: Israel, Vietnam, India, Croatia and Germany. Touro Law Center was established in 1980 as part of Touro College, a private, not-for profit institution based in New York City and founded under Jewish auspices. The Dean of the school will be an individual who can embrace and reflect the mission of the Touro College and University System, as reflected in its mission statement (

Touro Law is a relatively young school, but it has established a rich tradition of teaching the moral and ethical obligations of law, while promoting social justice and community service. And, though its commitment to public service is strong, Touro Law graduates have achieved distinction in every field of law, as well as a wide range of business, government, public service and public interest positions.

Touro Law is home to the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center, which houses 14 public interest organizations. The only one of its kind in the nation, the Center provides students with hands-on legal experience, while working for non-profit organizations. The Center has had an impact on the lives of countless individuals in and beyond the local community, due in large part to the assistance of Touro students. Touro Law students have many other opportunities for professional skills development, through its rich offering of clinical and externship programs. Touro Law also boasts a Jewish Law Institute, chaired by a leading scholar in the field and has and will continue to make contributions to the analysis and application of Jewish jurisprudence and its interaction with civil law.

The student body at Touro Law is a passionate and diverse group, who values deeply the opportunity for a legal education. Students are intensely motivated and driven to succeed, while remaining truly supportive of each other. They echo the tone of the school's collegial atmosphere, set by the open door policy of both administration and faculty. The law school's distinguished faculty consists of approximately 50 full-time members, who are actively engaged in legal scholarship, professional activities and law reform. They bring talent and experience to the classroom, as well as a genuine passion for teaching. In addition, they are uniquely dedicated to the success of the student body -- priding themselves on accessibility, while creating an open and cooperative learning environment that is dynamic and enriching. Touro Law Center is a unique law school. It is committed to the type of innovation that will ensure that its graduates are prepared to practice. The school benefits from a supportive and involved network of alumni and a community of faculty, students and staff that care about each other and the community. Touro is a law school that is proud of its roots and tradition, while remaining excited about its future.

Inquiries, nominations and applications (which should include letters of interest and resumes) should be directed to the Search Committee, C/O Korn/Ferry International, by email (

All inquiries and correspondence will be held in strict confidence.

A complete application will include a cover letter, expressing interest and summarizing qualifications for the position and a current CV.

Submission of candidate materials by January 15, 2012 is encouraged, to ensure full consideration.

The appointment of the Dean will be effective July 1, 2012 and the search will continue until an appointment is made.

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Touro College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap or disability, marital status, sexual orientation or status as Vietnam era or special disabled veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.