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, 2018): 923

54% men, 46% women

23% minorities and foreign nationals

Class of 2018 degrees awarded: 299 J.D.s, 39 LL.M.s, 4 S.J.D.


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.), (J.D.), 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 2019 Princeton Review rankings rated UVA Law as No. 1 in Quality of Life, No. 1 in Best Professors, No. 2 in Classroom Experience, No. 4 in Best Career Prospects, and No. 6 in Toughest To Get Into.

Student-faculty ratio: 6.5 to 1 (as of fall 2018)

Student-run academic journals: 10

Student organizations: 60, with about 10 involved extensively in public service

Video: Life at UVA Law

Careers at a Glance

Top 100: Virginia has graduates in each of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (June 2019).

No. 2 in the number of graduates leading the nation’s top 100 firms, and No. 1 in employment outcomes in 2019, according to Above the Law.

No. 4 after Yale, Harvard and Stanford in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2005-19.


Alumni & Giving

UVA Law has more than 20,000 alumni worldwide.

Endowment: As of June 30, 2018, the market value of the endowments and quasi-endowments held for the benefit of the Law School was $555 million, the fifth-largest among all law schools.

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 813,665 volumes and volume equivalents (as of June 30, 2017).

Getting to the Law School

The Town

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

Charlottesville population: 49,132 (2018 estimate)

Charlottesville metropolitan area: 235,096 (2018 estimate)

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