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, 2022): 898
48.4% men, 51.1% women, 0.5% nonbinary, transgender or gender-nonconforming
32.6% people of color (not including people of Middle Eastern descent, who are counted as Caucasian by the ABA)
2021-22 degrees awarded: 327 J.D.s, 43 LL.M.s
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Degree programs: Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
14 dual-degree programs at UVA and 4 external degree programs
More than 250 courses each year, including 24 clinics
11 international exchange programs
26 centers and programs
The 2023 Princeton Review rankings rated UVA Law as No. 1 in Quality of Life, No. 2 in Best Career Prospects and No. 4 for Best Professors, Best Classroom Experience and Best for Federal Clerkships.
Student-faculty ratio: 6.4 to 1 (as of fall 2022)
Student-run academic journals: 10
Student organizations: 69, including 20 affinity groups
Careers at a Glance
No. 1 in the percentage of Class of 2022 graduates in full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage.
Virginia is No. 5 in the percentage of Class of 2022 graduates who went directly to firms of 100 or more attorneys or to federal clerkships.
No. 5 after Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Chicago in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2007-2023.
Alumni and Giving
UVA Law has more than 20,000 alumni worldwide.
Endowment: As of June 30, 2022, the market value of the endowments and quasi-endowments held for the benefit of the Law School was $828 million.
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).
Charlottesville is known for offering the best of urban amenities within a gorgeous natural setting.
Charlottesville population: 45,672 (2021 estimate)
Charlottesville metropolitan area: 220,569 (2021 estimate)