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Professor Alex Johnson

Fast Facts

Leadership

No. 2

in the number of alumni leading the nation’s top 100 firms

Supreme Court Clerks

No. 4

in placing clerks on the court, 2005-20

Chief Legal Officers

No. 3

in the number of chief legal officers at the nation’s top 500 companies

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Where Grads Work

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Meet the UVA Law Network

Alumni from across the U.S. and abroad discuss their work and give career advice.

James A. Pardo

James A. Pardo '79

Atlanta

"Do your homework and think through what you are looking for beyond a paycheck."

Kurt L. Davis Jr.

Kurt L. Davis Jr. '09

Houston

"Employers know UVA Law in Houston, in the U.S. and beyond the borders of the U.S. "

William M. Bosch

William M. Bosch '92

Washington, D.C.

"The Virginia lawyer graduates with an understanding that it is possible to be a gladiator without losing touch with humanity. In fact, it is essential to a long and successful career - especially as a trial lawyer and litigator."

Terrica Redfield Ganzy

Terrica Redfield Ganzy '02

Atlanta

"I could go on and on about the professors who encouraged me, the students who supported me, the environment that allowed me to find my path and take it. In sum, however, I found my passion at UVA Law, and I haven’t turned back since."

Todd C. Jacobs

Todd C. Jacobs '89

Chicago

"Many cases we handle do not have straightforward answers, and new subject matters arise daily. It’s within these gray areas that I appreciate how UVA Law teaches students to think through complex questions."

Adrienne Penta

Adrienne Penta '03

Boston

"There are more UVA lawyers than you might suspect in Boston, and we will all find time to speak with a Virginia Law student interested in working here."

Aditi Goel

Aditi Goel '12

Boston

"As a public defender, I am advocating for my clients in court almost every day — making bail arguments, requesting discovery, arguing motions, cross-examining witnesses, and having jury trials. There is no question in my mind that Virginia Law trained me for this job."

Ruthie Ma Swilling

Ruthie Ma Swilling '03

Boston

"It was during my 4th year working for a Big Law firm in Boston that I decided to assess ‘Where is this ladder heading?’ and made the choice to switch to an in-house position."

Susan L. Fox

Susan L. Fox '91

Washington, D.C.

"Don’t let inertia keep you in a job that isn’t leading you in the right direction. Be open to nontraditional jobs and work in government and policy fields to expand your horizons."

Doug Bouton

Douglas Bouton '10

Chicago

"I think the people are what make UVA Law so special, enjoyable and distinguishable from other law school experiences."

UVA Law School

Career Development

Kevin Donovan, Senior Assistant Dean, Career Development
Private Practiceprivatepractice@law.virginia.edu / (434) 924-7349
Judicial Clerkships / judicialclerkships@law.virginia.edu / (434) 924-7192
Public Service Center / publicservice@law.virginia.edu / (434) 924-3883