What This Fall Looks Like

Scenes Around Law School Capture Return to In-Person Learning
Law School class

Students in class at the University of Virginia School of Law. Photos by Julia Davis and Jesús Pino

September 13, 2021

Students, faculty and staff are learning and working side by side again at the University of Virginia School of Law.

The community returned to a fully in-person experience this semester, following a year of hybrid learning in which both in-person and online courses were offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UVA Law students and employees now have a vaccination rate of 98%. Due to the prevalence of the delta variant nationwide, the University has required face coverings indoors, with certain exceptions, since Aug. 9, so students are taking advantage of the school’s abundant outdoor spaces during warm weather.

These photos capture what daily life looks like for community members since the start of the school year on Aug. 16, when new student orientation took place.

  • Vice Dean Michael Gilbert talks with students

    Vice Dean Michael Gilbert talks with new students at an orientation picnic Aug. 16.

  • Soccer game

    Students and Professor Richard Schragger play soccer during an orientation event at The Park, a soccer and softball field area that neighbors the school.

  • Students in WB hall

    New students walk through Brown Hall on a rainy first day of classes.

  • Community Fellows dinner

    Community Fellows dine outside during a dinner with Dean Risa Goluboff in August. The fellows program is designed to foster a sense of belonging and community among students.

  • Scott Commons

    With classes fully underway, The HMZ Student-Faculty Center is bustling.

  • Spies Garden

    Students set up for the student activities fair in Spies Garden.

  • Student in the library

    A student studies in the library’s Caplin Reading Room.

  • Professor Andrew Hayashi

    Professor Andrew Hayashi teaches Federal Income Tax.

  • Risa Goluboff

    Dean Risa Goluboff speaks with students at the second-year kickoff dinner in Spies Garden.

  • Tiffany Mickel

    Virginia Law Review Editor-in-Chief Tiffany Mickel ’22 introduces guest speaker and Gibson Dunn counsel Roscoe Jones Jr. ’03, far right, at a luncheon for the journal’s members and guests.

  • Students in Spies Garden

    Students talk in Spies Garden.

  • Students in Spies Garden

    The central courtyard has become a popular spot for studying, socializing and outdoor events. 

  • Students at the Joint Public Service Kickoff

    Students converse before the Joint Public Service Kickoff in Caplin Pavilion on Aug. 31.

  • Terrace

    Outside the Sidley Austin Café, the Class of 1977 Terrace offers another space for time outdoors.

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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