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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.

Neil McKittrick

Neil McKittrick '87

Boston

"In the new legal market, networking is more important than ever. "

Karen Owen Gibbs

Karen Owen Gibbs '92

Chicago

"As I've progressed in my career, the softer skills have been highly important. I credit UVA with preparing me to help my clients navigate opportunities and challenges from a 360-degree perspective."

Eduardo Ramos-Gomez LL.M.

Eduardo Ramos-Gomez LL.M. '85

Singapore

"Be global. Think of yourself and the United States only as a humble contributor to an international symphony."

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."

Roscoe Jones

Roscoe Jones '03

Washington, D.C.

"Washington is a town built on relationships. So keep in touch with the contacts you make there and find a mentor in the city- you never know when that one contact will open up a door for you to walk through."

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."

J. Leonard Teti

J. Leonard Teti '05

New York City

"Be ready to see lots of things you haven't seen before in law school, and bring with you a sense of curiosity and willingness to learn what you don't know."

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."

Adam Milasincic

Adam Milasincic '11

Houston

"UVA Law’s network and reputation open doors. That fact helped me land my first position, and it is rare for a month to pass without meeting a new client, opposing counsel, judge, etc., with a UVA connection."

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."

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