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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Cosi Piehler

Cosi Piehler

Germany

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

Graduate Studies Contact

Contact

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