Law schools these days don’t need much from a leader — just someone who is skilled at building consensus, has big-money contacts, can devote days, nights and weekends to the job and has a vision for the school’s future. Outstanding scholarship doesn’t hurt, either.

More so than ever, law schools want deans who not only demonstrate academic acumen and the ability to corral free-thinking faculty members but also can smoothly work a room and be savvy enough to close donations.

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