Albert R. Turnbull

  • Professor Emeritus

Al Turnbull led the Law School’s admissions efforts for more than 30 years.

As a student at Virginia, Turnbull won the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition with his classmate and close friend, Charles Kidd. After graduating from the Law School in 1962, he clerked for the Hon. T. J. Michie of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He then worked as a trial attorney for two years in Norfolk, Va., before returning to the Law School as a professor and associate dean, leading both the admissions and career placement offices and teaching courses about the legal profession. Turnbull was a member of the LSAC Services Committee (1970-75) and the LSAC Prelaw Committee (1975-76), where he also served as chairman for two years (1976-78).

In 1972 Turnbull worked on the three-person subcommittee that created the Law School Data Assembly Service, a tool that admissions offices at every American law school use to evaluate an applicant's transcript, GPA, LSAT scores, and other factors. Turnbull also served on the LSAC's Board of Trustees when the organization decided to break from Educational Testing Services. He is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of law school admissions.

Turnbull retired in 2002, having admitted and placed more than 13,000 law students during his 36 years at Virginia. At their 40th reunion in 2002, the class of 1962 honored Turnbull by renaming its class scholarship The Albert R. Turnbull Scholarship.


  • LL.B.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • A.B.
    Princeton University
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