Polly Lawson

  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies

Polly Lawson is the assistant dean for graduate studies. She administers all aspects of the LL.M., S.J.D., and Visiting Scholar programs at the Law School, including recruiting, admissions, orientation, academic advising, and alumni relations for graduate students and alumni.

She previously served as assistant dean for career services, where she advised students and alumni on all aspects of the private-sector job search process and career-planning matters, and developed and implemented career services programs and initiatives. She served as the primary liaison to private-sector legal employers and represented the Law School in the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She served as an appointed member on the NALP Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession and was also elected to the NALP Nominating Committee. She hosts webinars for EducationUSA advisers all over the world, and has spoken at EducationUSA Forums, NALP Annual Education Conferences, Law School Admission Council (LSAC) conferences, and other professional programs.

Lawson received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.  Before law school, she worked as a paralegal for a regional law firm in Charleston, W.Va., and then for Cox Communications and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. She practiced in the Washington, D.C., office of Alston & Bird before returning to work at the Law School.  She is a member of the Georgia Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

Education
  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
    2001
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia
    1995

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