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.

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."

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."

Cosi Piehler

Cosi Piehler

Germany

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Graduate Studies Contact

Contact

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