Building Usage

Building Access

The Law School’s exterior doors are unlocked Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. When the exterior doors are locked, the building can be accessed via card readers using a University ID card. There are six entrances with card readers:

  • Walter Brown Hall: The southeastern entrance near Caplin Auditorium
  • Walter Brown Hall: The southern entrance closest to Arlington Boulevard
  • Clay Hall: The southwestern entrance closest to Slaughter Hall and the visitor’s parking lot
  • Slaughter Hall: The main western entrance
  • Student-Faculty Center: The main northern entrance
  • Walter Brown Hall: The north entrance at the corner of Hunton & Williams Hall

You may exit the building at any time. Some doors are marked “Emergency Exit Only — Alarm Will Sound.” Exiting these doors will trigger an audible alarm. Reentering the building when the exterior doors are locked requires that you use one of the card readers and your University ID card.

If you have a valid University ID card and would like access to the building, please contact David Holsapple, Building Services Coordinator, at 434-924-4583 or @email. If you have lost your University ID card, please contact the University ID Card Office at for a replacement.

The Law School employs a security guard from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week.  Note that the security guard or the police might ask you for identification as they conduct their patrols, so please keep your University ID card on hand. If you need to contact the security guard, call the UVA Police Department main line at 434-924-7166, and the dispatcher will assist you. In case of an emergency, call 911 directly.

Animals are not permitted in the building (including courtyards such as Spies Garden and Purcell Garden), except for service animals. Your image may be recorded.


Use of the building is reserved for students, faculty, staff and authorized visitors. No trespassing is allowed. Visitors must sign in at the Admissions Office or the Law Library Circulation Desk and indicate their purpose for being at the Law School.

Building Accommodations

The Law School has wheelchair-accessible entrances at the front, side and back entrances (map). Elevators offer access to the first floor (from the basement), and second and third floors of Slaughter and Walter Brown Halls. To access the third floor of the library, seek assistance from the first floor Circulation Desk or the second-floor Reference Desk. For general help navigating the building, check in with the reception desk of the Admissions Office, where visitor parking passes are distributed.


University policy limits sales, solicitation, and student fundraising activities in order to (1) preserve its educational mission and focus, (2) provide a secure environment, (3) protect its students and employees from exploitation, (4) respect the aesthetic qualities of the Grounds, and (5) promote fair business practices. In addition, University policy prohibits "[t]he use of University facilities and/or property for solicitations by external businesses, individuals, and groups or by individual students representing such enterprises … without prior written permission." Solicitation includes selling, promoting for the purpose of future sales, commercial advertising, and canvassing.

For more details, students should contact Student Affairs, and others should contact Building Services.

A separate policy governs the activities of bar exam prep companies at the Law School:

Signs and Postings

Smoking and Vaping

Per University policy, smoking and vaping are prohibited inside the Law School building, within 25 feet of any entrance to the building, and in Spies and Purcell Gardens.