University of Virginia  - School of Law campus

Overview

Applicants
5,233
Acceptance Rate
18%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
307

Test Scores

LSAT
166 - 170

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$80

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Overall


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
172

26
Female
6
Minority

Students Say

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 thirteen dual degrees, twenty clinics, eight 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.” 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 U.S., 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.”

Career overview

Career Rating
98
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
93%
Average Starting Salary
$135,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
97%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Virginia has graduates in 99 of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (as of May 2014).

Graduates Employed by Area

59%
Private Practice
1%
Military

Graduates Employed by Region

8%
Pacific

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 19
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$57,602

% Students Receiving Some Aid
78%

Direct Lender
No

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$49,246
Out-Of-State Tuition
$51,564
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$16,560
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$16,560
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$4,463
Fees
$3,236

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,005
Parent Institution Enrollement
21,238

Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
72%
% International
2%

Demographics

20.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
41% female
59% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Everyone is “friendly and helpful, from the Dean to the librarians to the people who work in the coffee shop.” The UVA peer advisory system, in which each 1L section is assigned six upper-class mentors to welcome them to school, helps ease new students into life at this “friendly, welcoming, and well-organized environment,” and provides guidance on “everything from learning how to brief cases to applying for jobs to navigating the social scene.” This type of mentorship “is invaluable” and “fosters UVA’s famous sense of collegiality from year to year.”

Classrooms are well-equipped with the latest technology, and there are “plenty of comfortable and well-lit places to study throughout the law school.” The student services wing of the law school building was “beautifully renovated” over the summer to expand the admissions, career services, and clinic offices, and the city of Charlottesville is “amazing.” There’s “a lot to do around here for such a relatively small place,” including “great food, great music, UVA sports... [and] good hiking nearby,” and D.C. is just a couple of hours away. “I think that it is telling that 3Ls dislike talking about having to leave the law school at the end of the year, wishing that their law school careers could last longer,” says a happy student.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Cordel Faulk
Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions

Address
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-1738

Phone
434-924-7351

Email
lawadmit@virginia.edu