Admissions Launches ‘Law Schooled’ Podcast for Prospective Students

Hear All About Getting In and Thriving at UVA Law
Cordel Faulk

Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Cordel Faulk ’01 initiated a new podcast that he hopes prospective students will benefit from. Photo by Mary Wood

February 8, 2019

Luis Alvarez Jr. ’88 was a University of Virginia undergraduate student who applied to the Law School, but hadn’t heard back. So he made a risky decision: He made a phone call in a last-minute attempt to talk the dean of admissions into securing him a seat.

Want to know what happened and if the move was advisable?

The Admissions Office talks to diverse members of the UVA Law community about getting in and thriving in “Law Schooled,” a new podcast available on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Hosted by Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Cordel Faulk ’01 and others in his department, the podcast features conversations with alumni and students about being admitted to UVA Law and their experiences at the school. 

Spoiler alert: It obviously worked out for Alvarez, who went on to work at a Florida law firm before becoming the current president and chief executive officer of the Law School Foundation.

In other episodes, listeners hear from:

• Dean Risa Goluboff, who discusses opportunity and being the first female dean of the Law School. She reflects on how some of her preconceptions about UVA shifted after she came to work here.

Kelly Conlan Barron ’01 and Susan Dove, two members of the admissions team who read applications. They discuss whether it’s better to go straight to law school after undergrad, or to work in between, and other aspects of getting in.

Drew Calamaro ’21, who talks about his experience at UVA Law from a first-year’s perspective.

Jennifer Hulvey, director of financial aid. Hulvey gives advice on what students should be on the lookout for as they make decisions about aid and where to go to law school.|

Second-year law students Ethan Silverman and Trevor Quick, who discuss their experiences at UVA Law and as part of the J.D.-MBA program.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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