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.

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."

Matheus Azevedo Bastos De Oliveira

Matheus Azevedo Bastos De Oliveira

Brazil

"UVA Law met every expectation I could have had in my pursuit of an LL.M. degree. Apart from being a top-tier law school in the U.S., UVA provides a springboard for the development of my professional, academic and social skills."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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)."

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."

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."

Thierry von Aarburg

Thierry von Aarburg

Switzerland

"I chose UVA Law because of its excellent reputation, the great student-faculty ratio and class sizes, and the large number of courses, as well as its location."

Graduate Studies Contact

Contact

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