Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies students

The Program

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is consistently ranked among the top 10 law schools in the United States.

Virginia’s Graduate Studies Program provides an American legal education to lawyers who have obtained their first law degree in their home countries. By maintaining a small and highly selective program of about 50 students, the Law School ensures a supportive atmosphere. LL.M. candidates take classes alongside J.D. students, allowing participants to fully engage in the community and plan their own coursework.

Studying for an LL.M. or S.J.D.

Find out more about what life at UVA Law is like for students in the Graduate Studies Program.

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Fast Facts, 2021-22

LL.M. & S.J.D. Enrollment

52

Countries Represented

18

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Total J.D. Enrollment

922

Student-Faculty Ratio

6.6:1

Meet the Graduates

Graduate Studies Program alumni discuss UVA Law.

Eduardo Paschoin O. Campos

Eduardo Paschoin O. Campos

Brazil

" The John W. Glynn Jr. Law & Business Program was a delightful surprise for me as a transactional lawyer. Under this program, many corporate law-related courses are designed to integrate business and legal analysis into the law school classroom."

Kai-Ping Chang

Kai-Ping Chang

Taiwan

"I had a wonderful journey in the UVA LL.M. program. Students have access to learn from the top business law scholars and successful lawyers."

Cosi Piehler

Cosi Piehler

Germany

"The small classes allow for a lot of discussion about legal questions in the broader societal context."

Carmen Tiburcio

Carmen Tiburcio

Brazil

"I know many other libraries, both in the U.S. and in Europe, and I have no doubt to affirm that UVA's law library was the best I have ever known, not only because of its collections but mainly because of the fantastic librarians who helped me a lot during the completion of my LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees."

Dean Fernandez

Dean Fernandez

Australia

"Apart from the classes in which you study with J.D. students and are taught by highly engaging professors, during lunch and after hours there are a whole host of interesting seminars, conferences and colloquia held at the law school where you can supplement your American legal education."

Satoko Miyashima

Satoko Miyashima

Japan

"UVA Law offers a lot of courses concerning business organization and finance, which are strongly related to my current practice."

Guilhereme Azevedo Alves

Guilhereme Azevedo Alves

Brazil

"I am positive that being a LL.M. student at UVA Law had a major influence in securing a foreign associate position in a tier-1 global law firm during the Optical Practical Training."

Eliane Vieira Da Motta Mollica

Eliane Vieira Da Motta Mollica

Brazil

"The UVA LL.M. program combines academic rigor with the genuine warmth and friendship of an internationally diverse community, where you get inspired and led by highly accomplished professors to become the best version of yourself personally and professionally."

Daniel Parodi

Daniel I. Parodi

Chile

"One of the most remarkable things about the School of Law is how smart the J.D.s are. The questions and interactions between students and professors are brilliant."

Jose Beliz

Jose Beliz

Argentina

"Every LL.M. applicant has a deep desire to pursue a graduate program at an institution that stands out for its academic excellence, stunning campus and renowned reputation, which, hopefully, serves as a solid bridge toward future professional goals."

Graduate Studies Contact

Contact

Graduate Studies Office
graduatestudies@law.virginia.edu / (434) 924-3154 / Fax: (434) 982-6682
Slaughter Hall Room 126A