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University of Richmond School of Law

All first-year students are required to take foundational courses that are essential for their training as lawyers. During the fall semester, students take Civil Procedure, Property, and Torts. During the spring semester, students take Contracts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Legislatve Regulation. First-year students take Lawyering Skills I and II, respectively, in the fall and spring semesters. Each of these two-credit courses introduces students to critical lawyering skills, including legal analysis, predictive and persuasive writing, research, counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 460
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 163
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.21 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 83.59%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84.0%
Tuition $36,850

Overview

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About University of Richmond School of Law

All first-year students are required to take foundational courses that are essential for their training as lawyers. During the fall semester, students take Civil Procedure, Property, and Torts. During the spring semester, students take Contracts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Legislatve Regulation. First-year students take Lawyering Skills I and II, respectively, in the fall and spring semesters. Each of these two-credit courses introduces students to critical lawyering skills, including legal analysis, predictive and persuasive writing, research, counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy.

Reviews

Those looking to receive a first-rate law education while enjoying “Southern hospital­ity at its finest” would be wise to look into University of Richmond School of Law, where students say “The open dialogue among students and between students and professors is truly special.” By all accounts, a “very friendly,” “almost family-like” atmosphere prevails at this small school. “It amazes me that I’m able to walk down the hallway and have even professors whose classes I have not taken greet me by name,” a satisfied 3L writes. The “well-educated, well-published” faculty members here are “dedicated to bettering their students and compassionate to their needs as individuals.” The majority of professors “offer their home numbers and cell phone numbers so that we can call whenever we need help, or even just a little advice.”Professorial love is of the tough variety in the classroom, where students say “the use of the Socratic Method” “can be a bit intimidating,” particularly for first-year students, though “It makes class entertaining and ensures that you are prepared,” a 1L offers. All students here go through “an outstanding lawyering skills program. During these courses, our legal writing and actual courtroom skills are emphasized in very precise, methodical ways,” a 2L writes. If students run into academic difficulties, they can take advantage of Richmond’s Academic Success Program, which provides a full-time faculty member to assist students with their course work. The downside to the school’s small size is “limited course selection,” and “only one section” of most upper-level classes each semester. To expand its offerings, the School of Law partners with other schools within the University of Richmond—for example, the Robins School of Business and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies—to offer students a “diversity of dual degrees” which allows students “to really focus on particular fields of interest.”Richmond enjoys “a tremendous reputation in the Commonwealth of Virginia” and students believe that “the fact that there are so many opportunities for legal experience in Richmond,” the state capital, “is a great strength” of the school. “We have access to county, state, and district courts and often have lectures and course[s] taught by Virginia Supreme Court Justices,” a sanguine student writes. Many clerkships and externships are made possible through a “highly involved alumni community” in the area and help students to figure out what type of practice they would like to enter when they graduate. Because many students “fall in love with the city,” the school’s Career Development Office (CDO) has historically taken a somewhat regional approach. However, it “recent­ly hired a new dean and two new staff members,” and students are beginning to feel that the CDO “has the resources to help any student find a job anywhere in the world.” The law school also provides guaranteed summer stipends to first- and second-year law students who obtain unpaid government or public-interest internships.Administrators are described as “doting,” and all maintain an “open-door policy.” While there are a few reports of disorganization, the vast majority here believe the “personal approach” and lack of red tape transcend the minor difficulties. The “entire campus has wireless Internet access,” which allows students to “study anywhere.” In addition, “You are provided your own personal study carrel in the library, which func­tions as a locker and, most importantly, a nice quiet place to study.” If students require more incentive to head to the library, “ample” staffing ensures that all customers “find what they are looking for.” The student body’s biggest complaint is that Richmond is “very underappreciated.” “I have friends at Georgetown, UNC, Wake Forest, Duke, NYU, and UVA law schools, and none of them are as happy as I am at Richmond,” a 2L boasts.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 143

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA (Masters in Business Administration); JD/MURP (Masters in Urban and Regional Planning); JD/MHA (Masters in Health Administration); JD/MSW (Masters in Social Work); JD/ MPA (Masters in Public Administration); each 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 96
Full-Time Faculty 34
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 53
Faculty Gender 55% Male
43% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 6%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,850 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,330 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,180 $36,850

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$43,490 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 15

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of Richmond School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 163
LSAT Total 158 - 163

University of Richmond School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.21 - 3.6
Total 3.21 - 3.6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#34 Regional Universities West Top Public Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 84%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 50
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 21 17%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 7 6%
Business Industry 35 28%
Government 15 12%
Public Interest 1 1%
Federal Clerkship 7 6%
State Clerkship 17 14%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 8 5%
Unemployed, Seeking 10 7%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
WV 2%
DC 2%
VA 62%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Richmond School of Law include:

  • Richard Cullen - Chairman, McGuireWoods
  • Robert P. Merhige, Jr. - U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of VA
  • Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. - U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of WV
  • Harvey E. Schlesinger - U.S. District Court Judge, Middle Dist. of FL
  • Lawrence L. Koontz - Justice, VA Supreme Court

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