How to Work with Our Office (Appointments, Drop-Ins and More)

How to Work with Our Office (Appointments, Drop-Ins and More)

The Office of Private Practice is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 pm. To arrange a counseling session with the office, access your Symplicity account and select "Counseling Appointment" on the left-hand side and then click the "Request New Appointment" button.

For quick consultation, you may visit us during drop-in hours, which are held every day from 2:30-4:30 p.m. during the academic year and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EST during summer months (mid-May through early August).

Monday: Kevin Donovan
Tuesday: Elizabeth Kade
Wednesday: Lauren K. Ventre
Thursday: Marit Slaughter
Friday: Lauren Parker

You may also email questions and requests to Emails to this address should receive a response within 24 hours. 


Logistics for UVA Law Career Offices


Public Service Center

Office of Private Practice

Office of Judicial Clerkships

How to Contact Us with Written Questions

Generally, questions requiring an extended conversation or having nuanced answers are best addressed during a counseling appointment booked through Symplicity.

Reach out to your assigned PSC counselor for any questions about your job search or employment documents. If you don’t have a PSC counselor, email

Direct any quick questions about Public Service OGI, Symplicity, or programs to

Email; we prioritize this email box over our personal accounts and emails to the general account will generally be answered within 24 hours. If time-sensitive, make sure the subject line conveys that.

In an emergency* call our main number (434.924.7349) or stop by our office during business hours.


Reach out to Ruth directly at

Drop-In Hours



For quick questions (10 minutes or less), email assigned counselor asking if available to see you briefly that day. Include your available times in that email.

May also drop by the Public Service Center during business hours and ask to speak briefly with an available public service counselor.

Weekdays 2:30-4:30 for questions expected to take less than 10 minutes.

*Open to 1Ls starting October 1. 



No set drop-in hours. For quick questions, send a brief email (see above). Be sure to mark it as “URGENT” or “Time Sensitive.” If you need to meet in-person for a time-sensitive question (that cannot wait for an appointment), please include your available times in your email.

Resume & Cover Letter Preparation Process



Review our online resume and cover letter guidance (including suggested templates) and email Word versions of your documents to your assigned counselor.

Review our online resume and cover letter guidance (including suggested templates).

Resumes: Upload Word version in UVA Law format to Symplicity Document Library prior to first counseling appointment. Discuss questions with your counselor.

Cover Letters: Discuss need for and timing of cover letters during counseling appointment.

Review our online resume and cover letter guidance (including suggested templates) and discuss questions during counseling appointments.

*An “emergency” is a problem that must be addressed immediately to prevent or address a consequence that is highly detrimental to your employment prospects.

How Things Work — Fall 2019 UVA Law Career Offices (PDF)