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University of Virginia School of Law

ABA-Accredited / AALS Member

Law School Rank
US News 2011: 10
US News 2010: 10



Enrollment: 1150
Tuition: $36800
Address: 580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-924-7351

The University of Virginia School of Law (Virginia Law or UVA Law) was founded in Charlottesville in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his "academical village," the University of Virginia. Virginia Law is the fourth-oldest active law school in the United States (second oldest in the state after William & Mary). The law school offers the J.D.,LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law and hosts visiting scholars, visiting researchers and a number of legal research centers.

Virginia Law is perennially regarded as one of the 10 most prestigious law schools in the United States. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Virginia Law as tied for 8th in the nation with UC Berkeley, and in 2011 ranked Virginia Law as 6th among major law firm recruiters. In the 2010 Super Lawyers Law School Rankings, Virginia Law ranks 4th in the nation. In the 2015 Above the Law rankings, Virginia Law ranked 6th in the nation.

A survey by the National Law Journal ranked Virginia Law 5th in the number of graduates hired by NLJ's top 250 firms in 2009. Virginia Law also places high in clerkships, ranking behind only Harvard Law School and Yale Law School.

The Princeton Review ranked Virginia Law as 1st in "Best Quality of Life" among the nation's law schools, along with 2nd in "Best Classroom Experience," 4th in "Best Professors," 5th in "Hardest to Get Into," and 7th in "Best Career Prospects”

The Law School has 18,442 alumni in all 50 states, 63 foreign countries and several U.S. protectorates, and the Law School's alumni giving rate of more than 50 percent for the past seven years is among the highest of the nation's law schools. Virginia Law recently completed an eight-year capital campaign, raising $173.9 million to enhance the student experience.

The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School operated by the United States Army is located next to UVA.