Admitted Students Open House

Admitted Students Open House

Tentative Schedule


Event times, speakers and locations are subject to change.

Thursday, March 17

2-3:30 p.m.

Registration and Tours of the Law School, Karsh Atrium
Student-led tour groups will depart from Caplin Pavilion every 15 minutes from 2-3:30 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.

Welcome Picnic, Spies Garden/Scott Commons
Meet your future classmates and current students while you enjoy some of Charlottesville’s delicious local fare. 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 Scavenger Hunt  
Wear your sneakers to this scavenger hunt that will lead you around Grounds. Buses depart the Law School at 5 p.m. 

  • Buses returning from Grounds will stop at the Law School then continue on to Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery. Space is limited, so this event is for admitted students only. 

5-7 p.m.

Fralin Art Museum  
Explore the University’s art museum, which will be open after hours exclusively for admitted students. Buses depart the Law School at 5 p.m. Buses returning from the museum will stop at Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery and at the Law School. Space is limited, so this event is for admitted students only.

7:30-11 p.m.

Trivia Night, Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery, 520 Second Street SE
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.

Friday, March 18

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 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 from three 30-minute time slots.

Curricular Session 9:30-10 10:10-10:40 10:50-11:20 Room
Clinics   Student Panelists Student Panelists SL290
Constitutional Law and Legal History   Charles Barzun ’05 Charles Barzun ’05 SL278
Criminal and Juvenile Justice   Crystal Shin ’10 Crystal Shin ’10 WB101
Dual Degree and Study Abroad Programs Jason Dugas ’01 Jason Dugas ’01   WB114
Education Law   Kimberly J. Robinson Kimberly J. Robinson WB152
Employment Law   J.H. Verkerke J.H. Verkerke SL284
Environmental Law Cale Jaffe ’01 Cale Jaffe ’01   SL258
Externship Program A. Sprightley Ryan A. Sprightley Ryan   SL276
Health Law Margaret Foster Riley Margaret Foster Riley   WB127
International Human Rights   Camilo Sánchez Camilo Sánchez SL294
Innocence Project   Jennifer L. Givens and Juliet Hatchett ’15 Jennifer L. Givens and Juliet Hatchett ’15 SL292
Intellectual Property John Duffy John Duffy   SL262
Law & Business Program   Cathy Hwang Cathy Hwang WB102
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 WB162

11:30 a.m.

Lunch, Caplin Pavilion/Spies Garden

Noon.-12:45 p.m.

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

  • Panel 1: A-B, WB101
  • Panel 2: C-E, WB102
  • Panel 3: F-J, WB126
  • Panel 4: K-L, WB128
  • Panel 5: M-P, SL294
  • Panel 6: Q-S, SL298
  • Panel 7: T-Z, WB152

Information Session for Parents and Partners, SL278
Sarah Davies ’91, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

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; Leah Gould, Director of Public Service
  • Judicial Clerkships WB152
    Ruth Payne ’02, Senior Director of Judicial Clerkships

2:30-3 p.m.

Snacks and Drinks, Caplin Auditorium Lobby

3-3:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Information Session, Caplin Auditorium 
Jennifer Markham Hulvey, Assistant Dean for Financial Aid, Education and Planning

3:30-4 p.m.

Virginia Law Alumni Network, Caplin Auditorium 
Jason Wu Trujillo ’01, Chief Development Officer, Law School Foundation   

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.


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. Registrants will receive parking instructions close to the event date. 

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. However, space at Open House sessions is reserved for admitted students only. Your guests (such as parents and significant others) should not attend programmatic events, but are welcome to tour the facilities and relax in any of our public spaces. There will be lunch for guests on Friday, and guests are invited to attend the “Parents and Partners” panel on Friday afternoon as well as the Notable Alumni reception on Friday evening. 

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Tours and Life in Charlottesville

Curricular Panels/Mock Classes From Past Years