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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


Morgan LingarWelcome from Student Bar Association President Morgan Lingar

Congratulations on being accepted as a member of the Class of 2019 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 they will all place great emphasis on how special their experience was at UVA Law. Law school is undeniably challenging and stressful, but the community at our school makes this experience not only manageable, but truly enjoyable. Your classmates at UVA Law will become your friends both in and out of the classroom. Though students here are serious about their own academic success, each is also serious about supporting the rest. 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

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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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