University of Richmond School of Law
Richmond Law Offers an Exceptional Education Our professors are experts in their fields and are among the best teacher-scholars in the nation. Our curriculum combines sophisticated legal theory with numerous opportunities to put theory into practice. And our students are at the heart of a distinctly collegial community.
A Curriculum for 21st-Century Practice The legal profession today is more diverse and dynamic than ever. To best prepare tomorrow’s lawyers for this rapidly changing world, our curriculum is structured to provide a strong analytic foundation and essential tools that will hold their value. Richmond Law graduates are flexible, creative problem-solvers, well grounded in legal theory and doctrine, skilled in the art of communication, and able to collaborate across cultures and disciplines. They are “practice-ready” in every sense of the word.
“The curriculum here is well-structured and practical. There are many opportunities to shape and specialize your education— a serious advantage when we enter the marketplace.” — Ted Miller 3L
â€œLaw is both intellectual and practical, involving complicated theories and rules, but also human emotions and frailties. At Richmond Law, we are attentive to all of the pieces that students need to become great lawyers.â€? â€” Wendy Perdue, Dean and Professor of Law
The Art of Communication Great lawyers not only know the law, but also have the ability to effectively communicate what they know. At Richmond Law, we understand the importance of the art of communication and integrate those communication skills into all that we do. Our unique writing program uses the approach of top law firms and judges to refine the skills of clarity and precision. Students learn to write effectively in briefs, contracts, client communications, and legislative documents, as well as in scholarly and policy papers. They also hone their oral communication skills in everything from trial and appellate advocacy to client counseling and negotiation.
Learning from the Experts Our faculty are the leading experts in their fields. They have testified before Congress, argued before the Supreme Court, and drafted constitutions for emerging democracies. They represent juveniles in the foster care system, defend the wrongly convicted, and counsel large corporations in complex business transactions. Our faculty are also dedicated educators who love to teach and mentor students and understand that learning extends beyond the classroom. They model commitment to community, intellectual engagement, and the pursuit of professional excellence in all that they do.
“Today’s law students face many choices and a changing legal profession. Richmond Law faculty are dedicated advisors and mentors who help our students develop personal goals and make the best choices to achieve them.” — Corinna Lain, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law
Engaging with Leaders in the Law Richmond Law attracts exceptional visitors, speakers, and adjunct faculty. In recent years, our visitors have included three Supreme Court Justices, along with top officials from the United Nations, World Bank, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of State. Our adjunct faculty include a U.S. Senator, state and federal judges, prosecutors and public defenders, and leading lawyers and government officials.
“My professor, nationally known in his field, literally wrote the book on his subject and always had time for me on issues beyond the course.” — Will Van Thunen 3L
Experience Law in Action There is simply no substitute for the experience students get from working on real cases for real clients. Richmond Law’s extensive clinical program offers numerous and varied opportunities to do just that—to help people with actual legal problems while learning how to practice law. In our in-house clinics, students represent clients in a law office atmosphere under the supervision and mentorship of full-time clinical faculty. They interact with clients, draft and file legal documents and briefs, negotiate business transactions and settlements, and even argue their cases in court.
“My clinic students represent clients and try cases and get a chance to see if criminal law is right for them. In the courtroom, it’s thrilling to watch them actually become confident advocates.” — Julie McConnell, Director, Children’s Defense Clinic, and Assistant Clinical Professor
In-House Clinics Children’s Defense Clinic Education Rights Clinic Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic Institute for Actual Innocence Clinic Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic
Clinical Placement Program
Representative Clinical Placements
In addition to our in-house clinics, the Clinical Placement Program offers over 50 externship placements that make the community the classroom. Students experience the law in a variety of practice settings, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, prosecutor and public defender offices, corporations, and judicial chambers. In addition, students can gain international work experience by participating in our five-week London Clinical Placement Program.
American Red Cross Attorney General’s Office of Virginia Chesapeake Bay Foundation Commonwealth Mediation Group Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Genworth Financial, Inc. Legal Aid Justice Center NewMarket Services Corporation Office of the Federal Public Defender Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office Supreme Court of Virginia U. S. Attorney’s Office U. S. Bankruptcy Court U. S. District Court U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Department of Environmental Quality Virginia Poverty Law Center Virginia State AFL-CIO
“I had always wanted to be a prosecutor, so I participated in a defense clinic to see the other side and become more well-rounded. My clinic experience made me a much better, more effective prosecutor.” — Rebecca Anderson ’13, Assistant Attorney General, Delaware Department of Justice
Expanded Opportunities Richmond Law provides numerous ways for students to customize their education to match their areas of interest. Our curricular areas of study are broad and deep. Our centers and institutes, certificate programs, and dual degree programs allow for a variety of specializations. And our study abroad options provide an array of international opportunities.
Special Programs at Richmond Law
International Law and Study Abroad
Institutes and Centers
Summer and semester study abroad programs in more than 20 countries around the world
Institute for Actual Innocence Intellectual Property Institute Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies National Center for Family Law Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Services
Certificate Programs Family Law Intellectual Property
Dual Degrees Law and Business Health Administration Public Administration Urban Studies and Planning Social Work
A Moot Court Powerhouse Richmond Law offers multiple opportunities for students to compete interscholastically in moot court and trial practice competitions. Recent national victories by Richmond Law teams include: National Champion — Judge John P. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition National Champion — ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Mediation Competition National Champion — ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law National Champion — Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Competition National Champion — Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition National Champion — Virginia Mediation Network Advocacy in Mediation Competition Best Oralist — Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition Best Oralist — William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament Best Advocate — ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Curricular Areas of Study Civil Litigation Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Constitutional and Civil Rights Law Corporate Law Criminal Law Environmental Law
Family Law Intellectual Property Law International Law Labor and Employment Law Real Estate Law Tax and Estate Planning
spotlight on intellectual property The digital age has revolutionized business, culture, and the law, and Richmond Law’s Intellectual Property Institute puts you on the front lines of that revolution. Intellectual property both informs our culture and fuels billions of dollars of economic growth every year. The Institute offers a variety of opportunities: • A rich curriculum of more than a dozen courses, ranging from IP Fundamentals to Computer Law, Patent Prosecution, and Entertainment Law.
• Monthly seminars that provide a chance to learn from, and connect with, local IP practitioners and faculty engaged in cutting-edge research.
• An Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic, in which students help entrepreneurs take their innovations from idea to reality.
• A selection of co-curricular activities, including the student-run Journal of Law and Technology and several IP moot court teams.
“Our IP program provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals, and then adds depth, specialization, and hands-on experiences as students progress through law school. The capstone experience is the IP clinic, where students get invaluable, hands-on experience—real clients with real needs.” — James Gibson, Director, Intellectual Property Institute, and Professor of Law
“Richmond Law’s international focus is essential to our students’ success. Law crosses borders, and, in today’s world, a basic knowledge of international law is required in virtually every area of practice.” — Chiara Giorgetti, Assistant Professor of Law and former Legal Counsultant, United Nations Secretariat
spotlight on international law In today’s global economy, every lawyer must understand international, foreign, and comparative law and know how these areas intersect with the U.S. legal landscape. Richmond Law provides numerous ways for you to gain this understanding: • Broad course offerings, including international business transactions, human rights, international arbitration, anti-bribery law, nation-state failures, European Union law, international intellectual property, international courts and tribunals, and national security law. • Faculty with extensive experience in international law, from advising countries about writing their constitutions to representing companies in international criminal investigations and researching renewable energy in China.
• An annual summer program at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, England, with Cambridge law faculty who are experts in European Union law, legal history, and comparative constitutional law. • An international business practicum, in which law students work with MBA students and practicing attorneys to advise clients who are expanding into overseas markets. • The student-run Journal of Global Law and Business. • A London Clinical Placement Program.
• Semester- or year-long study abroad opportunities at leading universities in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific.
“Richmond Law’s global focus gave me amazing opportunities. I spent two summers in England at the University of Cambridge, worked with an international litigation firm in Richmond’s London Clinical Placement Program, and studied in Barcelona for an entire semester.” — Jeremy Lorenzo 3L
A True Community Richmond Law is a true community—the very opposite of the law school stereotype. Our small size allows for personal connections, a collegial learning environment, and life-long friendships. Our personalized approach not only makes the law school experience more enriching, it also produces better lawyers who are more effective in their professional interactions with clients, other lawyers, and judges.
“The apprehension I had about the die-hard competitiveness of law school disappeared during my first days of classes, when I discovered how committed my classmates, the administration, and my professors were to making my legal education, though rigorous, as congenial as possible.” — Cassie Powell 1L
Student Organizations Our student organizations provide multiple and varied opportunities for students to connect with their peers, pursue areas of particular interest, and interact with experts in those fields. Our moot court teams compete and win all over the country, our student-run law journals publish cutting-edge articles by the nation’s leading academics, and our chapters of national organizations earn awards and recognition. Alternative Dispute Resolution Society American Constitution Society Animal Law Society Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Black Law Students Association Christian Law Fellowship Client Counseling and Negotiation Board Council on Law and Economics Environmental Law Society Equality Alliance Family Law Society Federalist Society Health Law Society Honor Council International Law Society J. Reuben Clark Law Society Jewish Law Students Association Law Students for Life Law Students for Reproductive Justice McNeill Law Society Medical-Legal Partnership of Richmond Moot Court
Multi-Cultural Law Students Association Muslim Law Student Association Non-Traditional Law Student Association Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International Phi Delta Phi The Public Interest Law Association Sports and Entertainment Law Society Street Law Student Bar Association Student Intellectual Property Association Trial Advocacy Board Veterans and Military Law Association Virginia Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division, Law School Council Women’s Law Student Association
Student-run Law Journals University of Richmond Law Review Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest Richmond Journal of Law and Technology
“As a member of Law Review, I have been exposed to first-rate legal scholarship and a work environment that requires constant attention to detail. There’s no doubt that outside-the-classroom experiences are an invaluable part of the Richmond Law education.” — Robert Farlow 2L
“As a member of Law Review, I have been exposed to first-rate legal scholarship and a work environment that requires constant attention to detail. There’s no doubt such that outside-the-classroom experiences are an invaluable part of a Richmond Law education.” Robert Farlow 2L
meet some of our students Latosha Marie Ellis 2L Hometown: Fairborn, Ohio
Spencer Mead 1L Hometown: Naples, Florida
McKenzie Carson 3L Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Latosha is mid-Atlantic regional chair for the National Black Law Students Association. She has held summer positions at the Supreme Court of Virginia and Virginia Division of Legislative Services, and she will be a summer law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Spencer has an electrical engineering background and was a summer associate at Dority and Manning, P.A., in Greenville, S.C., where he focused on patent prosecution and litigation. He is a member of the Animal Law Society and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
McKenzie is joining the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Group of Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, where she was a summer associate. She was also a summer law clerk at the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. She is McNeill Law Society chancellor, Moot Court Board treasurer, and Law Review articles editor.
Laura Boorman 3L Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Clint Nichols 3L Hometown: Winchester, Virginia
Laura is joining the Washington, D.C., law firm Venable LLP, where she was a summer associate. She was also a summer judicial intern at the Supreme Court of Virginia and a legal intern at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She serves on Law Review and received a Weinstein Academic Grant to research international environmental law in Belize.
After graduation, Clint will clerk for a U.S. District Judge. During the summer, he was an associate at Christian & Barton LLP and worked for a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Clint also served as a legal intern at the Office of Counselor to Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, as a teaching assistant at Richmond Law, and as symposium editor for Law Review.
Location Matters: A Dynamic Capital City Richmond is a great city in which to study law. It has more courts—federal, state, and local— than almost any other city in the nation, as well as a thriving legal practice community that includes law firms of all sizes, including some of the nation’s largest. It is also home to important federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve. The city and the region offer abundant opportunities for Richmond Law students to gain valuable practical experience during both the summer and the academic year.
UR Downtown Our extended facilities at UR Downtown are in the heart of Richmond, adjacent to the federal courthouse, Capitol Square, City Hall, and the biotech district. The law school’s Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service and Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic are housed here, and the café and First Fridays arts events are magnets for students who are working downtown.
A Business Hub
A City of Courts
Legal opportunities abound in cities with a strong economic and business base. Richmond is the headquarters of six Fortune 500 companies, and many other large corporations maintain operations here. The diversified economy provides a buffer against economic volatility through industries such as financial services, insurance, life sciences, advanced materials, and manufacturing. Companies from 28 nations, led by Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom, have more than 140 affiliates in Greater Richmond.
Richmond boasts more courts than any U.S. city, except Boston and Washington. U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit U. S. District Court U. S. Bankruptcy Court Supreme Court of Virginia Court of Appeals of Virginia Richmond Circuit Court Richmond General District Court—Civil Richmond General District Court—Criminal
“The law school’s location in Richmond allows for myriad opportunities for students. The city has a vibrant legal community, and Richmond Law is the only law school here and within 50 miles of the city. Richmond firms will want you for placements during the academic year and in the summers.” — Patrick Silversten 3L
an inviting city Richmond is a lively cultural hub with first-rate arts, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. It features neighborhoods such as Carytown, an urban district containing hundreds of distinctive shops and eateries, and is just two hours from the nation’s capital, the ocean, and mountains.
Photo by Keith Vincent
“There’s no better place than Richmond to get a legal education, whether you want to live in the suburban West End or the Fan, jog near the trails and parks around the James River, or experience the nightlife in the city.” — Danielle Matie 2L
Richmond’s James River Park System is one of the nation’s largest, and it’s the reason that Outside magazine recently named Richmond the “Best River Town in America.” You can kayak, tube, snorkel, swim, hike, fish, run, or bike to your heart’s content—without leaving town.
a top-flight university Law students benefit from their place at the heart of the University of Richmond, a highly selective national liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through its five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful in the country, with its own lake and tree-lined paths, as well as outstanding fitness, wellness, and sports options.
Many Paths to Success Career planning is as personalized as the rest of the Richmond Law experience. Our Career Development Office offers one-on-one advising that allows us to get to know you and your interests, past experiences, and objectives in order to help you thoughtfully develop your career path. We will work with you to create an individualized job search strategy based upon your career aspirations and your intended practice location. All along the way, our committed and engaged network of alumni will assist you in reaching your personal professional goals.
“I don’t think that I could have been more successful anywhere else. The attention that each student receives here is phenomenal. I don’t feel like a statistic. I feel like an individual.” — Providence O. Napolean ’11, Clerk, Federal District Court 2011-2012; Clerk, Federal Appeals Court, 2012-13; Associate, McGuireWoods LLP
Planning Your Career
A Judicial Clerkship
With the guidance and nationwide contacts of our Career Development Office, Richmond Law students confidently set out on varied career paths. Our young alumni join large and small law firms, government agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Over the course of their careers, our graduates become state and federal judges, partners at major law firms, general counsels at corporations, attorneys general, international arbitrators, and public affairs consultants.
Typically 15 to 20 percent of the members of each graduating class choose to begin their careers with a judicial clerkship at the state or federal level—double the national average. These highly coveted positions involve working with individual judges, researching, helping judges prepare for oral argument, and drafting proposed opinions. Because these positions are so prestigious, firms love students who have clerked. You will have a competitive advantage for the rest of your career.
“I hear over and over that our graduates ‘just get it’—they possess not only the critical legal knowledge and practical skills, but they understand how to work effectively in real-world settings.” — Wendy Perdue, Dean and Professor of Law
Summer Stipend Program While Richmond Law recognizes that there are many opportunities for paid legal employment, we also realize that sometimes the placement that is of most interest to a student may be an unpaid position with a government or nonprofit employer. We created the summer stipend program so that our students can afford to take these positions, and we guarantee a summer stipend to all students who obtain qualifying law-related employment. In recent years, the law school has funded summer jobs in 27 cities and states, in fields as diverse as environmental law, child advocacy, poverty law, civil liberties, housing, labor relations, conservation, community mediation, tax law, drug enforcement, and international human rights.
“I chose Richmond Law over an Ivy League option because of its humanitarian spirit, its strong emphasis on assuring student career success, and the hands-on experiences it offers all students.” — Danielle Wingfield 2L
A Great Opportunity, A Valuable Investment Whatever inspired you to pursue a legal education, your decision is a significant commitment. Richmond Law offers you the opportunity to reap the rewards of your investment of time and finances. We also offer an array of scholarships and aid options to assist you with your financial investment. Merit Scholarships
Financial Aid and Loans
All Richmond Law applicants are considered for our generous merit scholarships, which are granted based upon applicants’ academic records, test scores, and leadership potential. For the class entering in fall 2013, 55 percent of students received scholarship funding, with an average award of over $23,000. Scholarships are renewable annually as long as a student is enrolled and in good standing.
By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students may apply for loans and work-study employment. Additionally, Federal Direct Loans are available to all students without consideration of parental income.
Each year, the law school awards more than $3.5 million in scholarships and grants to eligible students, much of it thanks to the generosity of our alumni—another measure of the value of a Richmond Law education.
Other Financial Options
Students can take advantage of an array of part-time employment opportunities both on campus and off as a result of Richmond’s robust legal and business community. Our summer stipend program provides guaranteed funding for students who take an unpaid, law-related summer placement at a government or nonprofit entity. We also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and offer a deferred payment plan.
For more information about the many financial options available, please contact us at: 804-289-8438 email@example.com www.financialaid.richmond.edu/law
“The generous scholarship from Richmond Law allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer where I truly wanted to be and is making it easier to help me achieve that dream. I will graduate with a world of options, and that means everything to me.” — Natalie Shaw 2L
Come Visit Us In keeping with our personal approach to the admissions process, we encourage you to visit us. We offer the opportunity to attend a first-year class and are available to give tours Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday upon request. If you are not able to visit in person, please be sure to view our admissions video and other information at www.law.richmond.edu/admissions. If you have been admitted to the law school and need to travel more than 200 miles in order to visit our campus, we will reimburse you for up to $200 of your travel expenses. Looking for Expert Advice?
Are you interested in speaking with current Richmond Law students about their experiences here? We encourage it. Our Law School Admission Representatives (LSARs) love to share their own experience as students, and they’re here to answer questions you have about courses, clinical programs, faculty—anything you want to know about Richmond Law. To contact an LSAR, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also arrange to speak to an LSAR by calling 804-289-8189. When You’re Ready to Apply
Because of the limited number of seats, we base our decisions on a careful and holistic evaluation of each individual’s promise of success at Richmond Law and fitness to become a member of the legal profession. Two of the most important considerations are undergraduate academic work and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score, which should be no more than three years old. We also consider an applicant’s leadership potential, extracurricular activities, recommendations, experience, and character. More detailed information, guidance, and useful links, as well as an online application, are available on our website. For more information on visiting or applying to Richmond Law, please contact us at: 804-289-8189 email@example.com law.richmond.edu/admissions
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