The deans of Columbia Law School and Cornell Law School will each enter their final years as dean this fall due to term limits, both schools have announced.

David Schizer, who has led Columbia Law since 2004, sent a letter to the law school community last week to mark the start of the final year of his 10-year term. The school put term limits in place more than 40 years ago. Schizer, 44, was one of the youngest-ever deans of a law school in the United States when he was appointed. His term ends on June 30, 2014. A search committee will be formed to find his replacement.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in this role for the past nine years, and I look forward to another successful year as we continue our work together to strengthen this magnificent law school and to promote freedom and opportunity through the rule of law," Schizer said in a statement. Columbia has not yet announced whether he will stay on at the law school.

Stewart Schwab, Cornell Law's dean who was appointed in 2004, will complete the second of two five-year terms this December. He will stay on through June 2014 as the school searches for his successor. A search committee comprised of faculty, an alumnus and an administrative dean will begin fielding candidates this fall, and will be advised by recruitment consulting firm Spencer Stuart. Upon his retirement, Schwab will take a one-year sabbatical and plans to return to the faculty in 2015.