The University of Montana School of Law is in the beginning stages of a national search for its next dean.
Dean Irma Russell recently announced that she will resign as dean of the UM School of Law to assume a faculty position. Russell will continue to serve until a new dean is appointed and then will begin working on a set of special assignments involving the School of Law and her scholarly agenda.
“Over the past four years it has been a great pleasure working with Dean Russell,” said UM Provost Perry Brown. “She has worked tirelessly to support students and faculty of the School of Law and she has brought to the school several new, outstanding faculty members during her tenure.”
The UM School of Law has celebrated several recent successes. Last month the school moved up 32 spots among law school rankings in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2014.” Last fall The National Jurist magazine ranked the UM School of Law No. 7 on its “Best Value Law School” list, which takes into consideration cost, debt load, bar passage and placement in legal jobs. And as of March 15, the school has seen a 16 percent increase in applications based on the volume summary provided by the Law School Admissions Council.
“Gaining this ground in trying times in legal education is a testament to the work and dedication of our faculty and students,” Russell said. “We hope this forward momentum of the school will attract a visionary dean to lead UM’s School of Law.”