Admitted Students Open House

Students walk in front of UVA Law

Tentative Schedule

Event times, speakers and locations are subject to change.

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Thursday, March 16

2-4:30 p.m.

Registration and Tours of the Law School, Karsh Atrium
Student-led tour groups will depart from in front of Caplin Pavilion regularly between 2-4 p.m.

2-5 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. (Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available at all meals; please specify allergies/dietary needs when registering.) 

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. 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.

7:30-11 p.m.

Trivia Night, Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen, 520 Second 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 17

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

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Registration, Karsh Atrium

Continental Breakfast, Purcell Reading Room
Student-led tour groups will depart from in front of Caplin Pavilion 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 Session 9:30-10 10:10-10:40 10:50-11:20 Room
Clinics Sarah Shalf ’01 Sarah Shalf ’01   SL290
Constitutional Law and Legal History   Charles Barzun ’05 Charles Barzun ’05 SL278
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Deirdre Enright ’92, Kelly Orians Deirdre Enright ’92Kelly Orians   WB101
Dual Degree and Study Abroad Programs   Jason Dugas ’01Leonie Williams Jason Dugas ’01Leonie Williams WB129
Education Law Kimberly J. Robinson     SL258
Environmental Law   Michael Livermore Michael Livermore SL258
Externship Program A. Sprightley Ryan A. Sprightley Ryan   SL292
Health Law   Margaret Foster Riley Margaret Foster Riley WB127
International Human Rights   Olena Protsenko Olena Protsenko SL294
Innocence Project   Jennifer L. Givens and Juliet Hatchett ’15 Jennifer L. Givens and Juliet Hatchett ’15 WB162
Intellectual Property John Duffy John Duffy   WB114
Karsh Center for Law and Democracy Micah Schwartzman ’05 Micah Schwartzman ’05   WB121
Law & Business Program   Quinn Curtis Quinn Curtis WB152
Law and Technology   Danielle Citron Danielle Citron WB128
Program in Law and Public Service Annie Kim ’99 Annie Kim ’99   WB154
Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Daniel R. Ortiz Daniel R. Ortiz   WB126
Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program   Helen M. Dugger Helen M. Dugger WB119

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, WB154

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
    Lauren Parker ’08, Senior Director, Office of Private Practice
  • Public-Sector Opportunities, WB126
    Leah Gould, Assistant Dean for Public Service
  • Judicial Clerkships WB152
    Ruth Payne ’02, Senior Director of Judicial Clerkships

2:30-3:30 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 Caplin Pavilion. 

Meet and Greet, Scott Commons
Enjoy coffee with members of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Latin American Law Organization (LALO; formally Voz Latina), Middle Eastern and North African Law Student Association (MENA) and South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA).

3:30-4 p.m.

Financial Aid Information Session, Caplin Auditorium 

4:15-5 p.m.

Mock Classes
Attend one of the following 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. (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.

Admitted students will receive a reimbursement form when they arrive at the school. It should be submitted during the Friday afternoon of the Open House to a member of the Admissions staff. After the Open House, the form may be mailed to the Office of Admissions — it must be postmarked within two weeks of the event attended.

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