The Law School's curriculum places the history of law and the ongoing story of the Constitution in context so that students can better understand both the past and present legal landscape. With more than 25 faculty members in constitutional law and legal history, Virginia offers an unparalleled variety of lecture courses, seminars and clinics in the field.
Program on Legal and Constitutional History
Virginia’s Program on Legal and Constitutional History creates a rich intellectual community of scholars and students with shared historical interests.
J.D.-M.A. Program in History
In cooperation with the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, the Law School allows students to obtain a J.D. and an M.A. in history in three years. As part of the program, J.D.-M.A. candidates present drafts of their theses to faculty. Several veterans of the dual-degree program have gone on to successful careers in legal academia, and recent graduates have clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Law students interested in the program should contact the Law School faculty advisor, Professor Charles Barzun.
The program sponsors a series of monthly legal history lunch workshops in which scholars and Virginia faculty members present works in progress. Advanced J.D.-M.A. candidates participate in these workshops and even present drafts of their own M.A. theses.
The program also sponsors a series of lectures and panel discussions in which authors of recent important books are invited to engage in discussions of their work with students and faculty participating in the Colloquium in American Legal History.
An informal legal history writing group allows faculty, law students and graduate history students to present works-in-progress over dinner at the homes of faculty members.
Legal History Workshops
11:30 a.m.- 12:50 p.m., Faculty Lounge
April 21 — J.D./MA Student Presentations
March 5 — Lindsay Robertson (University of Oklahoma)
March 19 — Jonathan Gienapp (Stanford)
April 2 — JD/MA Student Presentations
April 16 — Barbara Welke (University of Minnesota)
Oct. 2 — Justin Desautels-Stein (University of Colorado Law School)