Living in Charlottesville: Welcome from the SBA President
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Welcome from Student Bar Association President MORGAN LINGAR

Morgan LingarCongratulations 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.

UVA students are interesting and complex people, and you will find that you also want to spend time with them outside school. I have formed incredible friendships at this school, and know you will as well. These relationships will help get you through the rough patches of law school. The student body is diverse both in backgrounds and interests, and the UVA community truly cares about creating a space for everyone. We have approximately 70 student organizations that allow students space to meet likeminded peers and get involved in areas of interest both related to and distinct from the law.

Beyond the law school, Charlottesville has something to offer for everyone. The University of Virginia itself offers a wealth of resources for those looking to pursue interests outside of law, from classes and guest lecturers to sporting events and concerts all set on a beautiful historic campus. Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall offers shopping and a picturesque pedestrian street. Within an hour of the campus you will find countless vineyards, breweries, farms, and orchards set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. And, out slightly further you can explore the Shenandoah Mountains themselves and drive the lovely Skyline Drive.

Your classes at UVA Law will be with some of the best professors and practitioners in the world. These professors are dedicated both to their teaching and to supporting students on a professional level, sharing meals and discussions with students on a regular basis. In addition, the Law School has an incredible Career Center and Public Service Center that will help you identify career paths of interest to you and guide you through the process of obtaining a job that fulfills your goals.

My own time at UVA has gone by incredibly fast, and it is hard to believe that it is will soon come to an end. I remember experiencing a mix of excitement and anxiety leading up to my first days of law school. I had heard many rumors about the law school experience, and some of them were highly unflattering. However, most of this anxiety was unfounded and I now know after I leave UVA I will feel nostalgia for even my 1L year. I will miss the people, the city, and the school. And, I will be proud to have graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

I welcome you to contact me with any questions at Again, congratulations, welcome, and best of luck!

Morgan Lingar
President, Student Bar Association


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