Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
APALSA is a network of Asian-American Law Students at the University. The Association provides academic and social support to its members and reaches out to the Law School community on issues pertaining to Asian-Americans.
Law Students Association (BLSA)
The purpose of BLSA is to represent the views of Black students at the University of Virginia School of Law; promote the welfare of its members through educational, professional, cultural, and social programs; and provide a forum for the discussion of local and national issues affecting both the Black law student community and the University community as a whole.
on Public Service & the Law
The Conference on Public Service & the Law brings together students, faculty, litigators, and policymakers for an exploration of various public interest issues facing today's legal community and provide excellent opportunities for job networking.
Human Rights Study Project (HRSP)
HRSP studies law affecting the protection of basic rights in foreign countries. HRSP combines the group-oriented and continuous character of a student organization with the scholarly aims of academically credited independent research. Each year, the Project Team travels to the country it is studying to conduct interviews and collect other research materials unavailable in the United States.
Bassett Moore Society of International Law
The J.B. Moore Society's primary objective is to contribute to the development of international law by fostering interest and understanding in the field. To promote that goal, the Society sponsors speakers, conferences, publications, an international moot court team, and pro bono human rights projects, as well as numerous other programs.
Interest Law Association (PILA)
PILA is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting and supporting public interest law among UVA students. PILA provides fellowships to students who accept volunteer or low-paying summer internships in public service, educates the law school community about public interest law, and serves as a support network for students interested in the public sector.
Bar Association (SBA)
The SBA is the student governing association for the Law School with the general goal of improving students' experience. The SBA encourages student involvement in its 18 committees (i.e., Programming, Diversity, Academic Concerns, Student-Faculty Interaction, Placement, Barristers' Ball) and SBA class representative or office elections in the spring.
Legal Forum (SLF)
SLF brings dynamic speakers to campus to discuss high-profile legal issues, politics, and other civic concerns of interest to law students and the University community.
United to Promote Racial Awareness (SUPRA)
SUPRA is a student organization funded completely by the Law School Foundation in order to promote communication, interaction, and understanding among students with different racial and ethnic backgrounds. This is accomplished primarily through autonomous dinner groups that are purposefully racially diverse.
The University of Virginia Law Democrats intends to encourage political discourse and learning about the political process and promotes student and community awareness of political issues, and actively works for the election of Democratic candidates to public office at the local, state and federal levels.
Law and Graduate Republicans
Law and Graduate Republicans is the primary organization for law and graduate students who wish to support the local and national candidates of the Republican Party and to promote Republican ideas and ideals at the University of Virginia.
Women of Color provides social support to the diverse population of women at the Law School; promotes the welfare of its members through educational, professional, cultural, social, and community service programs; and provides a forum for discussing issues affecting women of color in the Law School and the University community. Women of Color seeks to achieve these goals through service projects and fundraisers benefiting the University community and the greater Charlottesville-Albemarle area, social gatherings to promote fun and friendship, and open communication and involvement with the administration, professors, other student organizations, and the undergraduate community.
Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African
The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia was established in 1981 in response to student and faculty demands for a more coherent African-American and African Studies program and a more aggressive program of minority recruitment at the University. It is an interdisciplinary teaching and research center, drawing the majority of its faculty and students from the humanities and social sciences.
Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
Almost two-thirds of the world's population live in Asia and the Middle East, and a greater percentage than that, from the Maghrib in the west to Japan in the east, speak major Asian and Middle Eastern languages. In the 21st century knowledge and understanding of that part of the world will become increasingly important for people in any profession or field of endeavor. To address that crucial need the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (AMELC) offers a comprehensive curriculum in some of the major languages, literatures, and cultures of East Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia. AMELC currently teaches Arabic (classical and modern), Chinese (classical and modern), Hebrew (modern), with Biblical taught in Religious Studies, Hindi, Japanese (modern and pre-modern), Persian, Sanskrit, and Urdu. Literature courses in AMELC are offered in all these languages. Most literature courses are offered in the language and many are offered in English, with readings in translation.
for South Asian Studies
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Virginia is one of 11 federally funded National Resource Centers for the Study of South Asia- its diverse peoples, languages, cultures, religions and history. Coordinating academic studies, outreach programs, and research relating to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet, the Center offers a wide range of courses in South Asia's languages and the disciplines, a comprehensive library, and substantial fellowship support as well as educational and cultural programs in the community.
The East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and students interested in East and Southeast Asia and to encourage extra-curricular lectures and activities. It is an interdisciplinary organization of faculty associates, each of whom is a full member of a department. The Center administers the interdisciplinary MA and MBA/MA degree programs in Asian Studies; encourages and coordinates Asia-related activities, especially the lecture series; and administers a travel grant program for student and faculty travel to Asia.
for Advanced Studies in Culture
How shall we make sense of the changing world around us? This question defines the intellectual mission of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a non-profit, interdisciplinary research center at the University of Virginia. Through a wide-ranging program of research, writing, graduate studies, lectureships, and conferences, the Institute investigates contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals and for society. In particular, the Institute is concerned with understanding the changing frameworks of meaning and moral order in contemporary America, the frameworks within which individual life, institutional adaptation, and political conflict in our society unfold. The Institute offers critical insight and educational resources to all those concerned with responding creatively and strategically to the challenges posed by a time of extraordinary change.
Lorna Sundberg International Center
Since 1972, UVA's International Center (IC) has promoted intercultural exchange through various educational and social programs. The IC provides a comfortable and dynamic forum for learning about the world's cultures and exploring the rich diversity within our international community of students, scholars, faculty, and local residents.