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, 2019-20

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

65

Countries Represented

19

Total J.D. Enrollment

964

Student-Faculty Ratio

6.5:1

Meet the Graduates

Graduate Studies Program alumni discuss UVA Law.

Shafira Putri

Shafira Putri

Indonesia

"All of the school-sponsored lunches and dinners provide a different room for professors and students to interact, exchange thoughts and learn from each other. Combined with the allocation of office hours, the amount of dedication that UVA Law professors show for the students is top-notch."

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."

Vicente Valdes

Vicente Valdes

Chile

"Almost each week there were events, conferences, debates and speakers addressing legal, political and social issues. One remarkable moment was to attend the interview of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy."

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."

Maria Londono

Maria Londono

Colombia

"The LL.M. program at the University of Virginia School of Law is small and selective. Students in the program can enroll in any class offered in the J.D. program, including first-year courses."

Yumiao Wang

Yumiao Wang

China

"The excellent and available professors, the diverse and high-quality courses, and the cohesive and friendly atmosphere make everything worth it."

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."

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."

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."

Carlos Ibarguengoitia Zugarramurdi ’16

Carlos Ibarguengoitia Zugarramurdi

Mexico

"There were many reasons for me to come to UVA, among others: its academic excellence; its flexibility to design a high-quality, multi-disciplinary program; and the fact that UVA seeks to create a true community (with all that that implies)."

Graduate Studies Contact

Contact

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