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University of Virginia School of Law

Virginia offers more than 200 courses and seminars each year. Students pursuing interdisciplinary ideas benefit from an environment where nearly half of all law faculty also hold advanced degrees in fields such as psychology, economics, philosophy, history, medicine and theology. Each first-year student takes one small-section class of 30 students during the first semester, which helps bond classmates from the start. Outside the classroom, students plan and program many of the conferences, lectures and panels that enrich the school's intellectual life.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1078
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 164 - 171
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.53 - 3.93
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 95.16%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 98.0%
In State Tuition $46,400
Out of State Tuition $51,400

Overview

Overview

About University of Virginia School of Law

Virginia offers more than 200 courses and seminars each year. Students pursuing interdisciplinary ideas benefit from an environment where nearly half of all law faculty also hold advanced degrees in fields such as psychology, economics, philosophy, history, medicine and theology. Each first-year student takes one small-section class of 30 students during the first semester, which helps bond classmates from the start. Outside the classroom, students plan and program many of the conferences, lectures and panels that enrich the school's intellectual life.

Reviews

Founded by Thomas Jefferson himself, the University of Virginia School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the country, and has educated generations of lawyers and turned out hundreds of law firm heads, law clerks, and judges. This “unique and great place” is one of the country’s most selective law schools, and currently offers six dual degrees, twenty clinics, six international exchange programs, and ten student-run academic jour­nals, including the prestigious Virginia Law Review. UVA is on “a very positive trajectory“ at the moment, with student quality on the rise, improved fundraising, ongoing facilities improvements, and good job placement rates.One of the first things students are made aware of is how "pulled together" UVA feels. “Everyone I spoke with in administration, as well as the faculty, was focused on making the law school an excellent place to learn and grow as a future lawyer,” says a 2L of his first visit. There is a wide variety of classes to choose from (including a selection of short courses in January), and there are “plenty of opportunities to get practical experience through a well-developed pro bono program” and the clinics. “For example, right now I'm taking an estate planning class where I actually get to draft wills and trusts under the guid­ance of two leading practitioners,” says a 2L. The focus on the student experience is “apparent throughout the entire law school,” and the faculty is “incredibly accessible,” which gives students the “unparalleled” opportunity to rub elbows with “some of the best legal scholars in the nation.” Many members of the faculty have previously served in high level government positions, or are former federal prosecutors, to name a few. The school's reputation among lawyers is “phenomenal,” and the Career Services department “gives fantastic advice, works hard to help students make connections to markets all across the US, and are incredibly friendly and accessible.” The staff “walk us through every step of finding and getting jobs that we are excited about.” There is a ton of engagement with the institution at UVA, “precisely because students don't vanish into the ether once class ends for the day.” Students also have many opportunities to have “a significant influence” on the law school's governance and policies through the Student Bar Association. The school is generally receptive of student influence in the improvement and alteration of academic policies, “which is quite empowering for stu­dents.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 365

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/MA in English, Government or Foreign Affairs, History, Philosophy (3-4 years); JD/MS in Accounting (3.5 years); JD/MPH (4 years); JD/MBA (4 years); JD/Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning (4 years); JD/MPP (4 years); JD/MPA (4 years); JD/MA in Law and Diplomacy (4 years); JD/MA in International Relations (4 years)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 177
Full-Time Faculty 80
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 89
Faculty Gender 75% Male
24% 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%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 8%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $46,400 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $62,400 $46,400

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $51,400 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $67,400 $51,400

Financial Aid

81% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$56,052 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $80

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 164 - 171
LSAT Total 164 - 171

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.53 - 3.93
Total 3.53 - 3.93

Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#3 Best Quality of Life
#4 Best Classroom Experience
#5 Toughest To Get Into
#6 Best Professors

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 78%
First Time Pass Rate 95%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 98%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 11 3%
Firm Sized 11-25 2 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 10 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 16 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 31 9%
Firm Sized 501+ 127 36%
Business Industry 13 4%
Government 36 10%
Public Interest 36 10%
Federal Clerkship 52 15%
State Clerkship 15 4%
Academia 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 1 0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
VA 13%
NY 14%
DC 22%
International 2%

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