Educating Legal Scholars

Educating Legal Scholars

Students at Virginia Law benefit from courses and opportunities that prepare them for academic careers or to practice law at the highest levels of the profession.


Among Virginia's 250 courses each year, several classes help students refine advanced writing and skills that aid in the process of academic legal work or other kinds of advanced practice, such as appellate litigation.

Sample Courses (All Courses)

Advanced Legal Research (16,17,18)
Class Actions and Complex Litigation (17)
Constitutional History I:
   American Revolution to 1865 (16,17)
Constitutional History II: The 20th Century (18)
Corporate Finance (16,17,18)
Corporate Strategy (16,17)
Criminology (16,17,18)
International Financial Regulation (16)
First Amendment Theory (16)
Habeas Corpus (16)
Judicial Decision-Making (17,18)
Law and Economics Colloquium (18)
Legislation (16,17,18)
Monetary Constitution Seminar (16,17,18)
Plea Bargaining (16,17,18)
Quantitative Methods (17,18)
Rescue, Charity and Justice Seminar (16)
Social Science in Law (16,17,18)
Supreme Court Justices and the Art of Judging (16,17,18)
Trade Secrets: History, Theory and Practice (17)
Urban Law and Policy (16,17)

Clinics (All Clinics)

Appellate Litigation Clinic (16,17,18)
Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (16,17,18)


From 2005 to today, Virginia Law is fourth after Harvard, Yale and Stanford in the number of alumni who have clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court. More

Dual-Degree Programs

Virginia promotes interdisciplinary scholarship through the option to earn advanced degrees in a number of fields, including English, government/foreign affairs, history, philosophy, public policy, business, urban and environmental planning, public health and accounting. The Law School also offers several external dual-degree programs in conjunction with other universities. More

Scholarly Workshops

Students in some courses are invited to attend workshops in which faculty from UVA Law and across the country present their works in progress on cutting-edge legal topics. In the workshop series sponsored by the Program on Legal and Consitutional History, students in the dual J.D.-master's in history program can present their own work for feedback from faculty and their peers.

UVA Law Workshop Series

Path to higher education

Forging a Path in Legal Education

Leslie Kendrick ’06 was studying and teaching Renaissance English literature at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship when she realized she wanted to go to law school.

“One thing I really appreciated about law was that it was a really big tent,” she said. “You never knew where that degree was going to take you.”

Kendrick’s path through law school, and those of her colleagues and fellow faculty members, offer a map to understanding how the school helps develop interested students into academics, and faculty into leaders in their fields. The key landmarks of the journey include opportunities to write and clerk, mentoring and support from faculty, the camaraderie of the student body, and the faculty’s commitment to fostering a stimulating intellectual community.