About the University of Virginia School of Law


Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty. 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.
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With more than 22,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked among the nation's top 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.

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Spies Garden


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.

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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. More

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