‘Inside UVA’: Outgoing Dean Reflects on the People Who Make the Law School Great

April 3, 2024 By Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu

Audio: ‘Inside UVA’: Outgoing Dean Reflects on the People Who Make the Law School Great(27:44)

Risa Goluboff has held the position for eight years. During that time, she hired 34 faculty members, a third of the faculty.


Risa Goluboff is wrapping up eight years as the first female dean of the University of Virginia’s School of Law.

In a wide-ranging interview with President Jim Ryan on the latest edition of his podcast “Inside UVA,” Goluboff, who was just named a speaker for graduation weekend May 17-19, spoke passionately about the people who make the Law School special.

“We’re not the Engineering School. We don’t have labs,” she explained. “We don’t have big infrastructure investments. The Law School is all about the people. That’s true on the faculty side as it’s true on the student side.”

Goluboff had an envied hiring streak as dean. “Over the last eight years, we hired 34 faculty members,” Goluboff said. “We have a faculty of about 100. So, that’s a third of our faculty.”

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“The Twitterverse kind of went crazy. They compared me to Nick Saban,” she laughed, referring to the former University of Alabama football coach, who was renowned for his recruiting skills. “They said, you know, ‘There aren’t any law professors left to hire. You hired them all.’”

Ryan, a former UVA School of Law professor, thanked Goluboff for her service and for leaving the school in such great shape. 

You can hear more of their conversation by tuning in to “Inside UVA” on most podcast apps, including Apple PodcastsSpotify and Google Podcasts.

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