Admitted Students Open House

Students walk in front of UVA Law



March 14-15, 2024 

Event times, speakers and locations are subject to change.

Thursday, March 14

2-4:30 p.m.

Registration and Tours of the Law School, Clay Hall
Student-led tour groups will depart from in front of Admissions regularly between 2 and 4 p.m.

2-4:45 p.m.

Welcome Picnic and Activity Fair, Spies Garden
Meet your future classmates and current students, learn more about student organizations, and enjoy an afternoon picnic. Parents and partners are welcome to attend this event with admitted students.

5-7 p.m.

UVA Main Grounds Tour
Enjoy a student-led tour of UVA's Main Grounds. Wear your sneakers, as the tour will cover a lot of ground! Buses depart the Law School at 5 p.m. Following the tour, buses will pick up from Main Grounds at 6:30 p.m. to transport to Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen. One bus will return to the Law School for those who do not plan to attend trivia. Space is limited, so this event is for admitted students only.

7-11 p.m.

Trivia Night, Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen, 520 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville
Play trivia at a fun C’ville destination — with special prizes and pub grub. Space is limited, so this event is for admitted students only. Buses will return to the Law School every 15 minutes starting at 10 p.m. The last bus will leave Three Notch’d at 11 p.m.

Friday, March 15

Welcoming remarks start at 9 a.m. and events will run through approximately 7 p.m.

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Registration, Clay Hall

Continental Breakfast, Purcell Reading Room
Student-led tour groups will depart from in front of Admissions at 8, 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

9-9:20 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks, Caplin Pavilion

9:30-11:20 a.m.

Curricular/Informational Sessions
Choose three sessions to attend.

Curricular SessionPresenter(s)Session 1 
9:30-10 a.m.
Session 2 
10:10-10:40 a.m.
Session 3 10:50-11:20 a.m.Room
ClinicsSarah Shalf 01YY SL290
Constitutional Law and Legal HistoryCharles Barzun 05YY WB104
Criminal and Juvenile JusticeDeirdre Enright ’92, Kelly Orians YYSL292
Dual Degree and Study Abroad ProgramsJason Dugas ’01, Leonie Williams YYSL298
Education LawKimberly J. Robinson YYWB162
Environmental LawCale Jaffe ’01YY SL262
Externships ProgramA. Sprightley RyanYY WB114
Financing Law School 101Matt WakemanYY WB121
Health LawMargaret Foster Riley YYWB154
International Human RightsZach Zamoff ’25, Grace Zipperer ’24 YYSL294
Innocence ProjectJennifer L. Givens, Juliet Hatchett ‘15  YY SL268
Intellectual PropertyJohn DuffyYY WB102
Karsh Center for Law and DemocracyMicah Schwartzman ’05, Bertrall RossYY WB128
Law & Business ProgramQuinn CurtisYY WB101
Law and TechnologyElizabeth Rowe YYSL278
Program in Law and Public ServiceAnnie Kim ’99 YYWB126
Supreme Court Litigation ClinicXiao Wang YYSL276
Virginia Loan Forgiveness ProgramHelen M. DuggerYY SL284

11:30 a.m.

Grab-and-Go Lunch, Caplin Pavilion
Boxed lunches will be available for admitted students and their guests. 

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Virginia Law”
Enjoy your lunch while panels of current students answer your questions about life at UVA Law. Go to the room corresponding with your last name:

  • A-B, SL294
  • C-E, SL278
  • F-J, WB126
  • K-L, WB128
  • M-P, WB101
  • Q-S, SL258
  • T-Z, WB152

Information Session for Parents and Partners, Caplin Auditorium

1-2:20 p.m.

Choose two of three options during these two blocks: 1-1:35 p.m. and 1:45-2:20 p.m.

  • Private-Sector Opportunities, WB154
    Kevin M. Donovan, Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services
  • Public-Sector Opportunities, WB126
    Dawn Davison, Director of Public Service
    Andrew Broaddus, Assistant Director of Public Service
  • Judicial Clerkships WB152
    Ruth Payne ’02, Senior Director of Judicial Clerkships

2:30-4 p.m.

Coffee Break and Law School Tours
Grab coffee and relax in Spies Garden or take a tour of the Law School. Tours will depart from Admissions. 

Meet and Greet, Scott Commons
Enjoy coffee with members of APALSA, BLSA, LALO, MENA, SALSA and UVA First-Generation Professionals.

4:15-5 p.m.

Mock Classes

5-7 p.m.

Notable Alumni Reception, Caplin Pavilion
Meet recent notable UVA Law alumni; for admitted students, guests and faculty.


Charlottesville has many lodging options at every price point. Visit the Charlottesville Visitor's Bureau for a full list of available accommodations.

Parking and Transportation

Parking at the Law School is extremely limited during the Open House. We strongly encourage visitors to carpool, get dropped off by a family member or friend, or walk from nearby hotels to the Law School. If you do choose to drive, parking may be available in the D2 Law School visitor lot and the large D3 parking lot next to the Law School (follow navigation to 580 Massie Road). Permits will not be required during the event. (More Information About Getting to the Law School)

Though you can usually find taxis waiting to meet nearly every flight at the Charlottesville Airport, you may want to consider booking a ride in advance if you are arriving at popular or off-peak times. A list of taxis with airport permits is available on the airport website.

Travel Subsidy

Students who attend the Admitted Students Open House and RSVP through the website qualify for a travel subsidy, which will be awarded as follows in accordance with a student’s current address as provided in his or her admissions application:

Subsidy Amount Based on Applicant’s Current Address on File

  • $0: City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia
  • $100: DC, MD, VA
  • $250: AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, WI, WV
  • $400: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, KS, LA, MO, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY, or outside the U.S.

You should expect to receive a check at your current address within six to eight weeks of the open house you attend. No receipts are required. Checks that are not cashed within 90 days will be forfeited.


We understand that a decision about where to attend law school can affect more than just an admitted student. Guests such as parents and significant others are welcome to join us for the Thursday Welcome Picnic, law school tours, Friday lunch and the Notable Alumni Reception. There is also a special “Parents and Partners Panel” hosted by our dean of student affairs on Friday afternoon. Other programs outside of these events are reserved for admitted students only. Your guests are welcome to relax in any of our public spaces and explore Charlottesville as they please.

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Tours and Life in Charlottesville

Curricular Panels/Mock Classes From Past Years