Welcome to Virginia Law and Charlottesville, an energetic and cosmopolitan small city that retains all the ease and grace of traditional Virginia hospitality. Updated with tips from faculty and students, Living in Charlottesville is a nuts-and-bolts guide to life at the Law School and “C’ville.”

Welcome from Dean Risa L. Goluboff

Risa Goluboff

When I applied to law school some 20 years ago, there were things I knew and things I didn’t know. I knew that the law could offer a path to public service and professional fulfillment. I had gathered, from one movie or another, that law school would teach me to “think like a lawyer.” I had no idea what that meant, and even less of an idea where a law degree would lead me. Nor did I know that what I learned in law school would yield dividends far beyond my chosen profession — in virtually every decision, in every boardroom, on every committee, in every situation that I have faced since. I had no idea then that law school would transform the way I thought and how I would spend the rest of my life. More

Tommy Cerja

Welcome from Student Bar Association President 

My name is Tommy Cerja, and I am the president of the Student Bar Association at the University of Virginia School of Law. Allow me to be one of the first to congratulate you on your admission to UVA Law. Your admission is conclusive proof that your credentials, talents and know-how are exceptional, and our community is waiting to welcome you with open arms! More

Credits and Disclaimers

Living in Charlottesville is not a complete listing of all Charlottesville has to offer. The site has been updated over the years by the Communications Office, students and staff.