Founded in 1896, the Gould School of Law has a distinguished past built on the principles of equity and excellence, and the courage to break new ground. USC first introduced legal education in Southern California. Today, the law school continues to make history through its philosophy of innovation and through its people. USC Gould cultivates analytical ability, ethical values, and a spirit of collegiality that prepare students for meaningful careers benefiting society. It was one of the first law schools to engage students in clinical programs and remains a leader in experiential education.
The University of Southern California Gould School of Law seeks applicants for the position of Associate dean and Director of the Law Library. The library director oversees all aspects of library operations and services, including external relations, budget development and management, personnel management, strategic planning, and legal-research curriculum development and teaching. He or she reports to the vice dean for administration and supervises 7 law librarians and 7 administrative staff members.
The primary function of the Asa V. Call Law Library is to support the teaching and research activities of the law school community, which consists of approximately 620 J.D. & 639 students enrolled in our non-J.D. graduate programs, 51 full-time faculty members and 130 support staff. The USC law faculty is recognized as one of the most productive and interdisciplinary in the country.
The library has long been committed to a specific philosophy: providing the highest quality of service to the law faculty and students, emphasizing service over collection size.
Qualifications: A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and an M.L.S. (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program are required. The successful candidate must have at least seven to ten years management experience in an academic law library, and excellent leadership and communication skills.
Appointment Rank: Law Librarians at USC have faculty status and are appointed on a continuing appointment track with rank commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will also receive a courtesy appointment as an adjunct professor of law.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references.
Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law (Gould). Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles are influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions. At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.