Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.
Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here.
With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.
Surrounded by inviting gardens and an elegant, tree-lined lawn, the Law School reflects Jefferson's conviction that locating an intellectual community within a beautiful environment fosters learning and personal growth.
Located just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., and featuring a metropolitan population of more than 200,000, Charlottesville has attracted national accolades for its ideal marriage of urban amenities and gorgeous natural setting. In 2009, Kiplinger's named it among the top five places to live.More