Elizabeth Magill.


Stanford Law School dean Elizabeth Magill will vacate her post at the end of the upcoming school year to become the provost of the University of Virginia.

The law school announced Friday that Magill’s seventh year leading Stanford Law will be her last.

“Liz Magill has led Stanford Law School to new heights of achievement and innovation,” said Stanford Provost Persis Drell in an announcement of the move. “She also has been a true citizen of the university, working to support and advance our community as a whole.”

Magill is no stranger to Virginia. She taught on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law for 15 years before assuming the deanship at Stanford. She will be working alongside another former UVA law professor: New University of Virginia President James Ryan.

“It has been a daily privilege to lead Stanford Law School these past six years,” Magill said. “Stanford took a chance on me, and I have considered it the professional opportunity of a lifetime to serve as dean at this exceptional law school and play a role at this remarkable university.”

Since Magill became dean in 2012, the law school has raised more than $130 million, funneling much of that money to student scholarships, loan repayment, research and clinics.

University leaders also credit her with the expanding the school’s academic programming, prioritizing diversity and inclusion, bolstering alumni engagement and overseeing a major faculty hiring push.

Magill put her stamp on the Stanford Law faculty, hiring 19 during her tenure. That cohort represents nearly a third of the law school faculty.

She also launched the innovative Law & Policy Lab—a policy incubator that seeks to devise solutions to real-world education, technology and energy problems. She also boosted the number of small seminars held at the homes of faculty members and incorporated globalization into the law school curriculum.

Magill has also been involved in university wide initiatives, including Stanford’s task force on sexual assault polices and practices, and in long-range campus planning.

Drell said the university will begin the search for Magill’s replacement in September.