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.


Life at UVA Law

Find out why "it's all about the people" at the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation.



Fast Facts, 2017-18

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


Countries Represented


Total J.D. Enrollment


Student-Faculty Ratio



Meet the Graduates

Graduate Studies Program alumni discuss UVA Law.

Maria Londono

Maria Londono


"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."

Satoko Miyashima

Satoko Miyashima


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

Julia Katharine Rupp

Julia Katharine Rupp


"I enjoy how open-minded, friendly, outgoing and engaging people are here. I immediately felt at home. "

Guilhereme Azevedo Alves

Guilhereme Azevedo Alves


"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."

Yinuo Zhang

Yinuo Zhang


"All faculty and professors are very friendly to international students. I even took a professor to lunch [through a program the Law School offers] and had a long conversation with my professor about the subject of the class and my personal development."

Daniel Parodi

Daniel I. Parodi


"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


"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."

Dean Fernandez

Dean Fernandez


"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."

Rafael Vietti da Fonseca

Rafael Vietti da Fonseca


"After completing the LL.M. program at UVA Law, I was in a position to step up to the plate on international deals, and I felt comfortable accepting the challenge of being the chief counsel for our investment adviser division in the U.S."

Carlos Ibarguengoitia Zugarramurdi ’16

Carlos Ibarguengoitia Zugarramurdi


"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


Graduate Studies Office / (434) 924-3154 / Fax: (434) 982-6682
Slaughter Hall Room 126A