The AALS Deans’ Databank is a convenient and free service for both law school faculty candidates seeking positions as deans and dean search committees looking for individuals to lead their academic programs. The Databank is a list of faculty members nominated by their deans, associate deans, and other senior faculty as having the qualifications and experience to be viable candidates for deanships. The idea originated at The Georgetown University Law Center in 1997 to promote the visibility of women candidates, particularly senior women faculty, interested in serving as deans of law schools. In the fall of 2001, the Association of American Law Schools assumed the responsibility of administering and maintaining this databank. The success of the Women Deans’ Databank prompted the AALS to institute a Minority Deans’ Databank, to help increase the percentage of minority deans.
In 2012, the AALS expanded the service further to include all faculty members nominated by their deans, associate deans, and other senior faculty as having the qualifications and experience to be viable candidates for deanships. The AALS hopes to (1) better respond to the inquiries received from dean search committees seeking the names of interested and qualified faculty members; (2) help law schools identify dean candidates without necessarily resorting to expensive recruitment services; and (3) expand the use of the databank by making it more comprehensive and complete.Gaining entry onto the lists is a simple task. Deans, associate deans, and senior faculty are asked for the names of faculty members whom they believe possess the qualifications to be considered for positions of deanship.
Request for Nominations
AALS would like to request that you provide the names of all faculty members and administrators that you think should be included in the Deans' Databank. Once we have received your nominations, we will proceed to obtain the permission of the nominees to allow their names to be placed in the databank, which will be made available to dean search committees.
When a nomination is received, the AALS sends out a letter of invitation to the nominee. The nominees are asked to authorize AALS to release their names to dean search committees. Other useful information about prospective candidates is also collected at this time, such as geographic preferences.
The AALS looks forward to increased use of this resource as a valuable service to our membership and legal education.