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UM Law Dean Search

The University of Montana seeks a Dean to lead its School of Law as it begins the second century of its distinguished history.

Founded in 1911, the School of Law is an established leader in legal education, preparing students for serving people in the practice of law through effective integration of theory and practice.  Our curriculum begins with an innovative skills-based law-firm program in the first year, continues with intensive trial and transactional simulation courses in the second year, and finishes with a required third-year clinical program offering professional placements at both in-house law clinics and government and public-interest law offices. Beyond preparing students for practice, our curriculum emphasizes areas of law significant to the Rocky Mountain West including natural resource law, environmental law, and Indian law.

At a challenging time for legal education, the success of Montana’s model in training and placing lawyers has earned it recognition as one of the best-value law schools in the nation. Our strengths allow us to attract a small, diverse, talented, and tightly knit student body, and have made us one of a handful of law schools to attract significantly more applicants this year than last. As Montana’s only law school, we enjoy a close connection to the Montana bench and bar.

We work and study in a spacious, state-of-the-art facility, and live and play in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Missoula is a small, vibrant city surrounded by mountains, wilderness, and clear, cold rivers, including the famous Blackfoot. The educational, medical, and cultural hub of the region, Missoula offers a rare blend of outdoor adventure, big-city culture, and Montana’s relaxed way of life. 

Paul Kirgis Named Dean of the School of Law

Provost Perry Brown has announced that Paul Kirgis has accepted the position of Dean of the University of Montana School of Law.  Mr. Kirgis comes to UM from St. John’s University in New York, where he is Professor of Law and Founder and Faculty Chair of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution. He will join the UM community on July 1, 2015.

UM Law Dean Search Committee

Roberta Evans, Chair
Dean
University of Montana Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

Pamela Bailey
Attorney

Jon Byington
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Montana School of Law

Michael Frank
CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana

Elaine Gagliardi
Dean of Students and Professor of Law
University of Montana School of Law

Stacey Gordon
Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
University of Montana School of Law

Larry Howell
Professor of Law
University of Montana School of Law

Lisa Marie Hyslop
Registrar
University of Montana School of Law

Anthony Johnstone
Associate Professor of Law
University of Montana School of Law

Soazig Le Bihan
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Montana School of Law

Brianne McClafferty
Student
University of Montana School of Law

John Mudd
University of Montana Foundation

Robert Phillips
Phillips Haffey PC

Lindsay Thane
Student
University of Montana School of Law

Hillary Wandler
Associate Professor of Law
University of Montana School of Law

Martha Williams
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Montana School of Law