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LIVING in Charlottesville

Located just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., and featuring a metropolitan population of more than 200,000, Charlottesville has attracted national accolades for its ideal marriage of urban amenities and a gorgeous natural setting. In 2014, a National Bureau for Economic Research named it the No. 1 happiest city in America.

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In 2007 the National Trust for Preservation named the area as a “Dozen Distinctive Destination� for its emphasis on historic preservation alongside modern development. The University of Virginia is the only university in the United States to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

FAST FACTS: 1,005 students; 11:1 student-faculty ratio; 19 clinics; 58 student organizations

THE CLASS OF 2017 attended 135 undergraduate institutions and came from 39 states, the District of Columbia and 10 foreign


Collegial, cooperative, intellectually engaging — the University of Virginia School of Law offers an environment that encourages personal and professional growth among its faculty and students.

The LAW School FOUNDED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON 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. A faculty of nationally acclaimed experts and outstanding teachers lead Virginia’s 1,000 students to appreciate the power of law to

“UVA Law is a unique place, where you can pursue a topnotch legal education, but also form friendships and relationships that will last you a lifetime. In addition to becoming friends with my classmates, I have been fortunate enough to get to know many administrators and professors whom I know I will keep in touch with long after graduation. If you are interested in studying at a place where you are learning not only from top scholars, but from people who genuinely care about their students, UVA is the right place for you.” —DANIT CARRIER TAL ’15

shape human behavior and to influence political, social and cultural life. Virginia is famous for fostering a collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest at American law schools.

Students learn together, reading each other’s work and freely sharing course outlines and other materials, confidently relying on the nation’s oldest student-run honor system to maintain the highest ethical standards.



WITH MORE THAN 23,000 STUDENTS and 2,100 faculty members, the University of Virginia has achieved national prominence in many disciplines and has been ranked first or second among the nation’s public universities since 1984. The University is proud to be recognized as a major research institution with an uncommonly strong commitment to teaching. It also maintains a strong tradition of student self-governance. Forever marked by the vision and foresight of Thomas Jefferson, the architectural heritage confers a sense of place, and Jefferson’s original buildings are still in use. In the Jeffersonian tradition, the University

“Charlottesville combines the friendliness and convenience of a small town with the cultural attractions and stimulation of a big city. Add its beauty and historical significance, and it’s hard to think of a better place in America to live.” —PROFESSOR GEORGE YIN

maintains the best traditions of the past, yet is boldly oriented to the future. The Law School and its faculty cultivate relationships with several University institutes and centers — including the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, the Miller Center of Public Affairs and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy — allowing opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and event programming. Law students also benefit from a strong relationship with the University; up to 12 credits from other departments may count toward the J.D. degree.

FACULTY Life THE FACULTY represents an exceptional diversity of interests and includes leading scholars and acknowledged experts in all aspects of public and private law. Reflecting the Law School’s emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of IN ANY GIVEN YEAR the Law School law, a number of faculty also hold includes about 80 doctoral degrees in a variety of resident full-time faculty members, related fields, including economics, about 15 faculty who history, philosophy, psychology teach a course at the Law School but who and medicine. focus on disciplines other than law, several The faculty is enriched each visiting professors, year by visitors from other leading and more than 100 lecturers, adjuncts or law schools here and abroad, as part-time instructors. well as by new regular faculty appointees at both junior and senior levels. This infusion of new teaching and scholarly talents adds freshness and vitality to the Law School community. Beyond the Law

Grounds, faculty members are engaged by law firms, corporations and government agencies as consultants. They share their expertise with U.S. congressional panels debating proposed federal laws, with foreign governments drafting new constitutions and with federal judges trying to understand developments at the forefront of the law. They engage generously in pro bono work, and are active in the local community, in professional organizations and in service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Faculty at Virginia care about teaching and keep their doors open to students. They help them organize conferences, advise on research and careers, and help create a community outside of class.

“Being a scholar can be a very solitary experience, but that is not the case at UVA Law School. Every time I present a paper to my colleagues, I am overwhelmed by their enthusiasm, their generosity and their engagement. They offer me constructive criticism from every possible angle and improve my work immeasurably. Perhaps more important, they make the scholarly process a communal, rather than an individual, one. I feel privileged to be part of such a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.” —PROFESSOR RISA GOLUBOFF



Virginia is known for its collegial atmosphere and hallway conversations. Faculty members feel comfortable sharing working papers and seeking feedback from their colleagues. Each junior faculty member has a senior faculty sponsor, who offers guidance and support. Opportunities to share scholarly ideas at an early stage include incubator lunches, in which small gatherings of faculty participate. The Law School also hosts weekly faculty workshops and interdisciplinary workshops in economics, legal history and legal theory with leading professors from Virginia and across the country. The Intellectual Life Fund provides faculty with resources to fund colloquia, speakers and conferences.

Virginia upholds Thomas Jefferson’s conviction that lawyers have a special obligation to serve the public interest. In addition to the many national pro bono opportunities faculty and students explore, the school has strong ties to local legal aid organizations, such as Charlottesville’s nationally recognized Legal Aid Justice Center. The Law School has also partnered with Richmond-based law firm Hunton & Williams to offer pro bono services to indigent clients in the areas of immigration/ asylum and family law. Faculty members are encouraged to volunteer, and many work alongside students in joint efforts at legal reform or legal aid. Opportunities to volunteer in regional community service organizations are plentiful.

Student LIFE VIRGINIA VALUES its reputation as a school that produces graduates who are skilled in law and balanced in life. Law students learn in an environment that fosters cooperative problem-solving and teamwork, building skills every lawyer needs. Students enjoy their time here, growing intellectually and personally, and at graduation join the thousands of successful alumni who recall their law school years with warmth and enthusiasm. Virginia is enriched by the scope of student organizations, extracurricular activities and the community spirit that permeates student life. Opportunities include 10 student-run academic journals, 58 interestcentered organizations, student governance

and a vibrant range of social and athletic activities. In addition, the University and local community are both large enough to offer something to meet anyone’s interests and small enough to make active participation compatible with a student’s rigorous academic schedule. At Virginia, legal studies take place in what is perhaps the most appealing physical environment found at any law school in the country. The David A. Harrison III Law Grounds feature classrooms, seminar rooms, moot courtrooms, a spacious library with a three-story reading room, new dining facilities, attractive offices for student organizations and numerous student lounges.

ACADEMIC JOURNALS Journal of Law & Politics Virginia Environmental Law Journal Virginia Journal of Criminal Law Virginia Journal of International Law Virginia Journal of Law & Technology Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law Virginia Law & Business Review Virginia Law Review Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Virginia Tax Review COURSE CONCENTRATIONS Business Organization and Finance Commercial Law Communications and Media Law Constitutional Law Criminal Justice Employment and Labor Law Environmental and Land Use Law Family Law Health Law Human Rights and Civil Liberties Intellectual Property International and National Security Law Jurisprudence and Comparative Law Legal History Litigation and Procedure Public Policy and Regulation Race and Law Tax Law



COMBINING THE BEST OF CITY LIFE with the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is both cosmopolitan and relaxed. As the picturesque and thriving metropolitan center for more than 200,000 residents, Charlottesville has kept its small-town feel. Local restaurants have been featured in publications such as Gourmet magazine and The New York Times, and an impressive array of local wineries offers award-winning vintages. The city’s proximity to Washington, D.C., as well as

its reputation as one of the nation’s best places to live, has brought a global cultural infusion to Charlottesville in recent years. Scholars and students seeking a community in which they can relax, find plentiful entertainment and appreciate abundant natural beauty to balance the intense rigors of law teaching and learning will find a home in Charlottesville. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

CHARLOTTESVILLE is affectionately known as “C’ville” to residents.

IN 2013, Time magazine ranked Charlottesville the No. 4 best small city for working women. IN 2009, Forbes ranked the town among the top 20 “Best Small Place for Business and Careers.” THE UNIVERSITY’S human resources department helps spouses and partners of new faculty, or faculty who anticipate working for UVA, find jobs. Students receive support from student organizations such as Virginia Law Families, which provide networking opportunities and serve as an information resource.

CARE AS A $2.8 BILLION a year business, the University is the area’s top employer, with more than 12,000 faculty and staff in the areas of information technology, engineering, research and development, business, finance, administration, public relations, athletics and facilities management. UVA encompasses a vast complex of schools, a level-one trauma center and teaching hospital and research facilities, as well as arts and athletic venues. Several companies in the Charlottesville area do business nationwide. Major employers include Crutchfield Corp., LexisNexis, SNL Financial, State Farm Insurance, Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, Martha Jefferson Hospital and the federal government, including the U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center and related contractors. Hotspots for professional employment include the UVA research parks on Fontaine Avenue and U.S. 29. The area has experienced job growth in the finance and biotechnology sectors as well.

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND TRAINING Residents seeking to build on their skills or take courses for personal growth enjoy access to some of the best educational facilities in the nation. The University of Virginia offers several continuing education courses in areas as varied as biology, nonprofit management and gardening in the style of Thomas Jefferson. Residents can apply to be UVA Community Scholars and audit courses in which undergraduate or graduate students are enrolled. University employees receive generous educational benefits that can be applied to numerous training opportunities or tuition. Those considering an advanced degree can choose from UVA’s 10 graduate schools, featuring more than 90 graduate degrees and 54 doctoral degrees. Other area schools, such as Piedmont Virginia Community College and Mary Baldwin College, offer programs designed for working adults, including night classes.

THE UNIVERSITY of Virginia Medical Center has 159 doctors named to the national Best Doctors in America list.




VOLUNTEER WORK Charlottesville offers many options for residents who want to volunteer, from social services organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and United Way, to locally targeted groups like the Shelter for Help in Emergency (offering services for victims of domestic violence) and ReadyKids. Volunteers are also needed for local English as a second language programs, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and the Arc of the Piedmont, which provides services to those with mental and physical disabilities. Pro bono opportunities are available through the Legal Aid Justice Center, the International Rescue Committee, the Nature Conservancy, the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, among others. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

UVA’S MEDICAL CENTER is consistently ranked among the nation’s top hospitals. The University of Virginia Health Sciences Center has four components: patient care, schools of medicine and nursing, and a health science library. Patient care is provided through an integrated network of primary and specialty care, ranging from wellness programs to the most technologically advanced care. The Health System includes a 584-bed hospital, a level-one trauma center and outpatient clinics throughout Charlottesville and neighboring counties. Martha Jefferson Hospital provides full medical and emergency care with 176 beds. With two major campuses, the not-forprofit community hospital has more than 365 affiliated physicians. Martha Jefferson also is well-regarded for its comprehensive approach to obstetrical and prenatal care.

Schools and


CHARLOTTESVILLE IS A COMMUNITY inherently interested in education and the welfare of children. Parents can choose from top-rated public school systems or from a wide variety of private schools and preschools with diverse curricula.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Charlottesville-Albemarle region has some of the best public schools in the state, with graduates continuing their education at Ivy League and top public and private universities. Average SAT scores at local public schools rank higher than state and national averages. Charlottesville and Albemarle schools also feature AP classes and a diverse curriculum, with courses

ranging from Japanese and AP statistics to art history. More than 64 percent of teachers hold advanced degrees. Dual enrollment agreements with the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College allow students to enroll in college courses for credit.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND PRESCHOOLS The region offers several notable private schools, including St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Covenant School, Tandem Friends School, Charlottesville Catholic School, Free Union Country School, Peabody School and several Montessori schools. Charlottesville boasts more than 40 preschool and daycare options.


FAST FACTS: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Albemarle County 13,677 students 16 elementary schools 5 middle schools 3 high schools 1 charter high school 1 charter middle school 3 STEM/STEM-H Academies Magnet Program (9-12) City of Charlottesville 4,101 students 6 elementary schools (preschool-4) 1 upper elementary school (grades 5-6) 1 middle school (grades 7-8) 1 high school (grades 9-12)

IN ADDITION TO RENOWNED SCHOOLS, the Charlottesville area offers a veritable playground for families: parks, museums, orchards, mountains, natural areas for hiking and outdoor recreation, opportunities to get involved in theater and sports leagues, as well as access to one of the best libraries in the country at the University of Virginia. Options for outings at the beach, the state capital and Washington, D.C., are all within a three-hour drive. During the summer, children may attend an assortment of camps in the area and at the University of Virginia designed to promote intellectual curiosity and a healthy lifestyle. The Law School also hosts fall and spring picnics that bring families and friends together.

“The center of the action is the brickpaved historic Downtown Mall, aka Main Street, where antique books and furnishings, sophisticated restaurants and galleries, and oldschool bars and soda fountains nourish the stomach and the soul.” —JENNIFER TUNG, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Dining and

LAW SCHOOL FAVORITES Fleurie fine French cuisine Aromas Greek and Middle Eastern fare Bang! Asian Fusion tapas The Flat French crêperie Ten Japanese food hotspot The Local gourmet American dishes Himalayan Fusion Indian and Tibetan dishes Tavola local, seasonal Italian cuisine The Alley Light French shared plates and craft cocktails Bodo’s Bagels family-friendly fast food Mas Spanish tapas

CHARLOTTESVILLE’S DIVERSE CULINARY TREASURES appeal to residents seeking gourmet experiences, ethnic variety or a family-friendly atmosphere. Upscale dining choices include American- and French-themed restaurants Petit Pois, C&O, and Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar, among others. More exotic ethnic choices include Spanish, South African, Caribbean and Ethiopian food, along with the area’s numerous authentic Italian, Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese), Indian and Mexican restaurants. The city boasts a number of fine dessert specialty shops — Chandler’s Bakery, Hotcakes, Gearhart’s Chocolates, Splendora’s Gelato and SweetHaus have avid followings.


CHARLOTTESVILLE’S LOCATION in central Virginia offers an abundance of options for day trips and longer excursions. Minutes away from town, residents can explore the homes of James Monroe, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, as well as other historic landmarks. Touring the area’s numerous wineries is another favorite weekend outing. Day trips to Washington, D.C., and Virginia’s major cities yield a variety of museums, cultural offerings and shopping options. Families enjoy being close to Virginia Beach, Jamestown and Williamsburg, the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond,

“C’ville is the center of the country’s fastestrising wine region, a place that marries Californian expressiveness with old-world finesse, subtlety and charm.” —PROFESSOR DAN ORTIZ

Luray Caverns and the Natural Bridge, and the Kings Dominion and Water Country USA theme parks. The Outer Banks of North Carolina, including Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke, is another popular short vacation getaway just five hours by car. Residents also have easy commuter access to New York City and other major metropolitan areas through the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport and Amtrak. Closer to home, Skyline Drive, the Appalachian Trail, the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Parkway are all within 45 minutes of town.

RECENT ARTISTS Cirque du Soleil Sheryl Crow Colbie Caillat Fun. Wilco Lady Gaga Jay Z with T.I. Elton John Muse Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello Bruce Springsteen Paul McCartney Carrie Underwood Blue Man Group Taylor Swift Comedian STEPHEN COLBERT [far right] delivered the keynote address at UVA’s Valedictory Exercises in 2013. Renovated in 2000, SCOTT STADIUM holds more than 60,000 fans and occasionally features stadium concerts of bands such as U2 and the Rolling Stones. The 16,000-seat JOHN PAUL JONES ARENA, home to University basketball games, concerts and other performances, was named Pollstar’s Best New Major Concert Venue of 2006.

THE HOMETOWN of the Dave Matthews Band, Charlottesville has several theaters, nightclubs and music venues that create a thriving entertainment scene. Yo-Yo Ma, Savion Glover, the Miami City Ballet and Pilobolus are just a few of the acts that have performed at the Paramount Theater, a restored 1931 venue that reopened in 2004. The Charlottesville Pavilion, located at the end of the bricked, pedestrian Downtown Mall and the site of free concerts on Friday evenings, recently showcased Loretta Lynn, Wilco, The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire.

In 2006 the University opened the town’s largest venue yet, the 16,000-seat John Paul Jones Arena, where basketball games and live acts such as Cirque du Soleil and The Eagles have played. The University’s football stadium also occasionally hosts stadium shows, including U2 and the Rolling Stones. The region has a number of smaller venues that feature more intimate performances and avant garde fare, including the Live Arts Theater, the University Drama and Music departments, Piedmont Virginia Community College and the

Culture and


American Shakespeare Center at Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of William Shakespeare’s original indoor theater. Charlottesville is home to several art galleries that feature internationally recognized artists as well as local upcoming talent. On the “First Friday” of every month, area galleries reveal their latest shows to the community. The event brings art lovers, students and professors together with featured artists over hors d’oeuvres and wine. While there are several dedicated galleries, it’s also hard to miss the many small shows on the

walls of local coffee shops and restaurants. Each fall the University hosts the nationally acclaimed Virginia Film Festival, which in the past has attracted Morgan Freeman, Roger Ebert, Anthony Hopkins, Liev Schreiber and Sandra Bullock. In the spring the Virginia Festival of the Book gathers the nation’s literary luminaries and draws more than 20,000 book lovers. Recently featured authors include John Grisham, Dahlia Lithwick, Rita Dove, Michael Connelly, and David Baldacci and Linda Fairstein (both Law School alums).

VIRGINIA’S strong overall sports program is recognized nationally — UVA is one of 15 schools to rank in the top 30 of the final Director’s Cup standings in all 17 years of the program’s existence. CHARLOTTESVILLE was named “Healthiest Place to Live” by Men’s Journal magazine in 2010.

Recreation and

THE AREA IS HOME to some of the best camping and hiking sites in the nation, including portions of the Appalachian Trail. In addition to an extensive park and hiking trail system in Charlottesville and Albemarle, nearby national parks include the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park. Regional rivers and lakes offer ample opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. The

Blue Ridge Mountains showcase an annual burst of color in fall and majestic views from many area roads and trails at all times of the year. Ski enthusiasts enjoy the slopes at Wintergreen Resort, just 45 minutes from town, as well as Massanutten Resort in nearby Harrisonburg. Neighboring West Virginia offers the Snowshoe and Canaan Valley resorts, including White Grass, known for its cross-country skiing.


Indoor recreation is also available through the University’s four Intramural-Recreational Sports facilities, which include an Olympicsized pool, indoor basketball courts and running tracks and multipurpose rooms or aerobics, yoga, dance, racquetball and martial arts. Children and teenagers benefit from the area’s many sports leagues, including soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, lacrosse and

football. Sports fans enjoy access to Atlantic Coast Conference games in some of the nation’s best sports venues. Central Virginia is also known as a hotspot for horse lovers. Each spring and fall the Foxfield Races attracts residents and students for a day of steeplechase racing in western Albemarle County.

KEY RESOURCES MLS listings of area homes for sale can be searched by price, home size and region at Real estate magazines and websites, C-Ville Weekly and the Charlottesville Daily Progress also run ads and features on local real estate. FIND INFORMATION on rental and student housing, both onand off-Grounds at edu/housing

Making a HOME

THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA features historic and modern homes and apartments in both urban and rural environments. Many faculty and students enjoy living downtown, close to the amenities that are within walking distance of some of the area’s most distinguished homes. Others enjoy scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, starting just minutes from the Law School, among suburbs, horse farms and smaller communities. Popular suburban areas include Ivy and Crozet to the west, Earlysville to the north and Ashcroft and Still Meadow to the east. Options for downtown living range from large classic homes on Park and Locust Streets to chic lofts over the Downtown Mall or newly refurbished houses throughout nearby neighborhoods. Downtown dwellers have easy access to some of the region’s finest restaurants and shopping, while living just minutes from the Law School. Students typically live close to the Law School in apartment complexes or in graduate student housing, but many also want more room to roam, and rent homes or apartments farther from Grounds.



the fresh foods and produce at the an eclectic mix of specialty shops Saturday morning City Market and chain stores. The Downtown downtown, as well as the food and wine shops of the nearby Mall, a pedestrian mall, offers a vast assortment of unique shops, Main Street Market, which offer fashion boutiques, variety stores, fine cheeses, meats and gourmet items. A short walk from the Law concert and theater venues, School, Barracks Road Shopping restaurants and entertainment, Center contains an exceptional including an indoor ice-skating rink and cinema. Residents enjoy collection of more than 80 shops,

including major chains like Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble and Chipotle, as well as specialty shops like Oil and Vinegar, Kate Spade and Origins. The newest development for upscale shopping and dining is the Shops at Stonefield, which includes an IMAX movie theater.



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