Overview

Applicants
1,867
Acceptance Rate
34%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
132

Test Scores

LSAT
155 - 162

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$50

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

University of Richmond School of Law “offers an excellent legal education in a picturesque setting.” “Few people realize how amazing this city and school are,” especially given how “the tuition and cost of living are also as low as you will find for a private institution.” Students love the “gorgeous” 350-acre campus that “looks like Hogwarts!” The “collegial atmosphere” “is supportive and friendly, but still academic and intellectual.” Students here feel “an overwhelming sense of community” and proudly call themselves “Gunners.” “The cutthroat dynamic between students you see at other universities simply isn’t at play here,” one student explains. “Students at U of R Law cheer each other on and support one another: we rejoice in each other’s victories and mourn each other’s losses.”
Professors at Richmond “are always friendly and approachable” and “stick” to the “school-wide open door policy.” The “top notch” faculty “know your name if you make any effort at all to connect.” “Quite a few of them are actually at the forefront of their field of research,” although professors are “chosen not only based on their résumé, but on their ability to engage students.” Classes may be hard, but professors are both tough and loving. As one student explains, “the same professor whose midterm left you wracked by fear and more suited to tearful televangelism has a box of tissues at the ready while she guides you back to the light.” One student suggests that there are too many “right wing professors who have no problem trying to indoctrinate students into their originalist/textualist” ideology. “There is a wide range of legal topics covered at University of Richmond” and a “strong emphasis on acquiring practical skills that will be translatable when students enter the job force.” “The library staff is VERY helpful” and students get “a carrel/desk in the library of your own for the full three years.”
The “well maintained, clean, quiet, and modern” facilities are “very up to date” thanks to “the school’s enormous endowment.” The school of law has “excellent classroom tools” that help professors to teach and students to learn. “The staff in general is amazing” and “the school runs smoothly and effectively by the current administration.” “I have nothing but good things to say about the schools administration, classroom, law library, and professors,” one satisfied 2L states. The entire staff “from the deans, [to] the professors, [to] the admissions office” is willing to “go to the ends of the Earth to help students out with anything they’re faced with.” “Despite being a smaller school, Richmond has excellent access to the legal community” in the surrounding area “as well as opportunity for experience farther afield (for example, its summer program and clinical placement with an international law focus in Cambridge).” A happy 2L says, “If I had a choice to attend any law school in the nation, I would probably choose Richmond based on its mixture of theoretical and practical academics, its location, and its faculty.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
87%
Median Starting Salary
$52,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
93%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
75%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
50

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
McGuireWoods, Troutman Sanders, Hunton & Williams, Christian & Barton, Hirschler Fleischer, Kaufman & Canoles, LeClairRyan, Thompson McMullan, Venable, Wilcox & Savage, Williams Mullen, Woods Rogers.

Graduates Employed by Area

30%
Private Practice
27%
Business/Industry
18%
Judicial Clerkships
15%
Government
2%
Academic
1%
Public Interes
1%
Military

Graduates Employed by Region

87%
South
4%
International
4%
Mid-Atlantic
2%
MidWest
1%
Mountain
1%
South West
1%
Pacific

Prominent Alumni

Lawrence L. Koontz
Justice, VA Supreme Court

Harvey E. Schlesinger
U.S. District Court Judge, Middle Dist. of FL

Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of WV

Walter S. Felton, Jr.
Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia

Richard Cullen
Chairman, McGuireWoods

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 25
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$45,790

% Students Receiving Some Aid
90%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,200
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$11,430
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$11,160
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,400
Fees
$0

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
458
Parent Institution Enrollement
3,100

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
4
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
42%
% International
2%

Demographics

11.60%
% Under-represented Minorities

99% are full time
1% are part time
47% female
54% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“Likely the biggest draw” of Richmond is the student body. “Students are not competitive despite the curve” and “everyone is still very friendly.” “I have never once encountered another student actively looking for ways to undermine classmates to get their own ‘leg-up,’” one student says. “There is a liberal presence on campus, but it still leans conservative,” and there is a real “lack of diversity” in terms of “race and socioeconomic status.” The student body is mostly “rich, white,” and “a little cliquey.” The school is “working on” getting a more diverse student body, but one student says “if minority enrollment has improved significantly I hate to think about what it was like before.” “Luckily, Richmond is a great city with a diverse population, so it’s possible to have friends outside the law school!”
“Social life is sort of non-existent,” in part because “bars are too far to walk to” and “parking downtown is not easy.” However, if you do manage to get off campus “there’s so much to do in the city” and students say the city of Richmond is “very underappreciated.” Plus, if you can’t find what you are looking for in Richmond, the school has “D.C., Williamsburg, the Blue Ridge mountains, and VA beach, each a two-hour or less drive from the city.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Michelle Rahman
Associate Dean for Admissions

Address
Law School Admissions Office
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone
804-289-8189

Email
lawadmissions@richmond.edu