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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.

Dean Mahoney

Welcome from Dean Paul G. Mahoney

“It was the best three years of my life. I wish I could go back and do it all over again.” Ask a Virginia graduate about his or her time in law school and you will probably hear some variant of that quote. It captures part of what makes Virginia stand out among the nation’s top law schools — an unparalleled student experience. More


Alex MatthewsWelcome from Student Bar Association President Alexander Matthews

It is my great privilege to congratulate you on becoming a member of the Class of 2018 at the University of Virginia School of Law. The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government of the Law School, entrusted with representing the interests of the student body and improving the law school experience for current and future students. On behalf of the SBA, I would like to introduce you to our close-knit community and give you a brief glimpse into some of what you can look forward to in a few short months. Charlottesville is a wonderful place to call home for three years, and our law school community encourages its students to enjoy and take full advantage of their time here. I think you will find the atmosphere to be welcoming and supportive as you begin the path to becoming a lawyer. 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.






















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