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Polly Lawson

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2001
B.A., University of Virginia, 1995

Polly Lawson is the assistant dean for graduate studies. She oversees the recruitment and admissions process for LL.M. and S.J.D. students together with the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. She advises LL.M. students on all aspects of career development issues and job search matters, oversees the orientation process for new students, manages the Visiting Scholars Program and the incoming exchange students.

From 2007-10, Lawson served as assistant dean for career services, where she advised students and alumni on all aspects of the private-sector job search process and career-planning matters, and developed and implemented career services programs and initiatives. She served as the primary liaison to private sector legal employers and represented the Law School in the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She most recently served as an appointed member on the 2009-10 NALP Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession and was also elected to the 2008-09 NALP Nominating Committee. She has spoken at previous NALP Annual Education Conferences and other professional programs.

Lawson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995 from the University of Virginia. After graduation, she worked as a paralegal for a mid-size law firm in Charleston, W.Va., and then for Cox Communications and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. In 2001, she received her J.D. from the Law School. She practiced in the Washington, D.C., office of Alston & Bird before returning to Charlottesville as a career counselor. In 2003 she was named the associate director of career services and was appointed director of career services in 2005. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

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