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."

Risa GoluboffWelcome from Dean Risa L. 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


Katharine JanesWelcome from Student Bar Association President Katharine Janes

My name is Katharine Janes, and I am the president of the University of Virginia School of Law Student Bar Association, our student government. On behalf of the SBA, congratulations on your acceptance to the Class of 2023! As best said by past SBA President Jasmine Lee ’20, selecting UVA Law is more than choosing a law school — it is choosing to join an active and vibrant community that stretches beyond our time in Charlottesville. We are so excited that you have chosen to join us here. More

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Living in Charlottesville has been updated over the years by the Communications Office, Cindy Draper and former law students Clare Wuerker, Jared David Scott, Elizabeth Katz, Andrea Lawhon, Andrea Parisi, David Glazier, Carly Milner, Allyson McKenzie, Katherine Peters and Angie Sinkovits.