At a Glance

At a Glance

Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia, UVA Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the United States.

National standing: The Law School is perennially ranked among the top 10 law schools.

UVA is a public school, though the Law School does not receive state funding, through an agreement called financial self-sufficiency.


J.D. enrollment (as of Oct. 5, 2021): 922

50.4% men, 49.4% women, 0.2% nonbinary, transgender or gender-nonconforming

28% minorities and foreign nationals (not including people of Middle Eastern descent, who are counted as Caucasian by the ABA)

2020-21 degrees awarded: 318 J.D.s, 5 LL.M.s, 3 S.J.D.s


J.D. application due: March 3

LL.M. application deadline: Feb. 1

S.J.D. application deadline: April 1


Academic year: Semester

Degree programs: Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

Dual-degree programs: J.D.-M.A., J.D.-M.B.A., J.D.-M.D., J.D.-M.P.H., J.D.-M.P.P., J.D.-M.S., J.D.-M.U.E.P.

External dual-degree programs: J.D.-M.A., J.D.-M.A.L.D., J.D.-M.P.A., J.D.-Master’s in Economic Law at Sciences Po (Paris)


Student Life

The 2022 Princeton Review rankings rated UVA Law as No. 1 in Best Professors, No. 1 in Classroom Experience, No. 1 in Quality of LifeNo. 4 in Best Career Prospects and No. 4 in Best for Federal Clerkships.

Student-faculty ratio: 6.6 to 1 (as of fall 2021)

Student-run academic journals: 10

Student organizations: More than 70, with about 10 involved extensively in public service

Video: Life at UVA Law

Careers at a Glance

Virginia is No. 4 in the percentage of Class of 2021 graduates who went directly to firms of 500 or more attorneys or to federal clerkships.

No. 2 in the number of graduates leading the nation’s top 100 firms, and No. 2 in employment outcomes in 2022, according to Above the Law.

No. 5 after Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Chicago in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2007-2022.


Alumni & Giving

UVA Law has more than 20,000 alumni worldwide.

Endowment: As of June 30, 2021, the market value of the endowments and quasi-endowments held for the benefit of the Law School was $885 million.

The Grounds

The Law School is located on North Grounds, about a mile from the UVA campus and next door to the Darden Graduate School of Business and the North Grounds Recreation Center. The Law School has a full-service dining room that is available for lunch during the school year.

The three-floor library includes 726,592 volumes and volume equivalents (as of Oct. 5, 2019).

Getting to the Law School

The City

Charlottesville is known for offering the best of urban amenities within a gorgeous natural setting.

Charlottesville population: 45,672 (2021 estimate)

Charlottesville metropolitan area: 217,455 (2020 estimate)

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