Living in Charlottesville: Welcome
Spies Garden picnic
Charlottesville Home


Welcome to Virginia Law and Charlottesville, an energetic and cosmopolitan small city that retains all the ease and grace of traditional Virginia hospitality. Updated with tips from current law students, Living in Charlottesville is a nuts-and-bolts guide to life at the Law School that will help you feel at home fast. Charlottesville is a fabulous college town with a few eccentricities — like streets that inexplicably change names and have idiosyncratic pronunciations. But its mysteries — and some shortcuts — are about to be revealed. Here's all you need to get around like a real insider.

Risa Goluboff

Welcome from Dean Risa L. Goluboff

When I began the process of applying to law school some 20 years ago, there were things I knew and things I didn’t know. I knew that the law could offer a path to public service and professional fulfillment. I had gathered, from one movie or another, that law school would teach me to “think like a lawyer.” I had no idea what that meant, and even less of an idea where a law degree would lead me. Nor did I know that what I learned in law school would yield dividends far beyond my chosen profession — in virtually every decision, in every boardroom, on every committee, in every situation that I have faced since. I had no idea then that law school would transform the way I thought and how I would spend the rest of my life. More


A.J. CollinsWelcome from Student Bar Association President A.J. Collins

Congratulations on being accepted as a member of the Class of 2020 at the University of Virginia School of Law. The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government at the Law School, and is responsible for representing the interests of the student body both present and future. On behalf of the SBA, I welcome you to the UVA Law community.

When you talk to current students and alumni of UVA Law, they will all place great emphasis on how special their experience was here. Law school is undeniably challenging and stressful, but the community at our school makes this experience not only manageable but also truly enjoyable. Your classmates at UVA Law will become your friends both in and out of the classroom — in fact, many alumni tell us that their best friends came from their law class. You will find that your classmates are among the people who are most invested in making sure you are successful in law school. They will go out of their way to support you by providing notes, talking through issues, and commiserating with you during the tougher parts of law school. More

Credits & Disclaimers

Living in Charlottesville is not a complete listing of all Charlottesville has to offer. Check your phone book or the websites on our Getting Oriented: Resources page for complete, up-to-date information.

Living in Charlottesville has been updated over the years by the Communications Office, Cindy Draper and former law students Clare Wuerker, Jared David Scott, Elizabeth Katz, Andrea Lawhon, Andrea Parisi, David Glazier, Carly Milner, Allyson McKenzie, Katherine Peters, and Angie Sinkovits.






















What's your opinion? Add to the C'ville guide, report new information and let us know what you think. We reserve the right to edit or reject submissions.