Several top law schools in Southern California recently named deans who came from outside their own faculty ranks, a strategic departure from those chosen in past years.

Since 2004, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law and Southwestern School of Law have named new deans from outside California. Most recently, the University of Southern California Gould School of Law selected a new dean, Robert Rasmussen, who arrives next month from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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