Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Located in Charlottesville, just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., the Law School offers students a unique environment in which to study law.
With more than 21,000 students and 2,700 faculty members, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nationâ€™s public universities since 1984. The Universityâ€™s diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.
“Justice is the fundamental law of society” —Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Du pont de Nemours, 1816
LAW AT VIRGINIA
Law school should be about more than going to class, reading cases and writing briefs. It should include collaborative problem-solving, a lively exchange of ideas and a commitment to working as part of a team â€” the same skills required in the legal profession. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here.
1,078 students 11:1 student-faculty ratio 10 academic journals 20 clinics 67 student organizations The Class of 2015 attended 150 undergraduate institutions and come from 43 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries 21 percent of the Class of 2015 identify themselves as minority students 66 percent have work experience after college
Students put legal theory
into practice. .
The Molly Pitcher Project — [top, from left] Helen O’Beirne, Professor Anne Coughlin, Ariel Linet, Rebecca Cohn and Kyle Mallinak — challenged the ban on women in combat. Coughlin [right] also co-organized a conference on the subject, “Women in Combat: The Way Forward,” in Washington, D.C. Cohn and Mallinak [bottom left] attended the event, which was sponsored by sponsored by SIPRI North America, the Service Women’s Action Network, Women in International Security, and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Virginia offers 20 clinics that provide students access to real-world cases, contact with clients and experience that gives them a head start as attorneys. Programs such as those offered in law and business, international law, environmental law and human rights make legal study come to life. Students also benefit from skill-building courses in public speaking, professional ethics and legal writing.
LAW STUDENTS practice their trial advocacy skills in a mock courtroom.
Professor Anne Coughlin had been teaching
Soon after, two plaintiffs filed the first
students about the U.S. military policy excluding
lawsuit against the policy in May 2012, while the
women from combat positions for 20 years, but it
Pitcher Project served as advisers. By January
wasn’t until 2011 that some of her students decided
2013, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
to act. Helen O’Beirne, Ariel Linet, Rebecca Cohn
announced that he was lifting the longstanding
and Kyle Mallinak — small-section classmates who
direct ground-combat exclusion rule for
would graduate in 2013 — approached Coughlin
female service members and eliminating all
with the idea to design a strategy to challenge
unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.
the policy in court, through an independent
The Molly Pitcher Project and the lawsuit
class led by Coughlin. “Nobody, least of all the
it helped initiate may have been the critical
government, should be telling women you can’t do
tipping point that led to the military’s
something simply because of your sex, regardless
overturning of the combat exclusion policy,
of how qualified you might be,” Linet said.
one student involved in the project said.
The group formed what they called the
“So much work had already been done on the
Molly Pitcher Project, after the folk
issue, so many women had been in combat [and]
tale — based on real accounts — of a woman
died in combat. The lawsuit was maybe the straw
in the Revolutionary War who took her
that broke the camel’s back,” O’Beirne said.
husband’s place in firing a cannon on British forces. They began to lay the groundwork for a possible federal lawsuit challenging the rule as unlawful discrimination, including identifying potential plaintiffs and lawyers who would take on the case.
Watch Coughlin describe the journey of the Pitcher Project on YouTube: http://bit.ly/15zw4dN
Clinics Advocacy for the Elderly Appellate Litigation Capital PostConviction Child Advocacy Criminal Defense Employment Law Environmental Law and Conservation Family Mediation First Amendment Law Immigration Law Innocence Project International Human Rights Litigation and Housing Law Mental Health Law Nonprofit Law Patent and Licensing I Patent and Licensing II Prosecution Supreme Court Litigation Transactional Law Curricular Programs The John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program Program in Law and Public Service International Law Legal and Constitutional History Criminal Law Human Rights Center for the Study of Race and Law Environmental and Land Use Law Immigration Law Intellectual Property Health Law Program in Law & Humanities Animal Law Public Policy and Regulation Institutes and Centers Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics Center for Oceans Law and Policy Center for National Security Law Center for the Study of Race and Law
The Child Advocacy Clinic released a report raising awareness of the estimated 7,000 children in Virginia exempt from mandatory school attendance due to their families’ religious beliefs. Virginia is the only state in the nation that does not require any educational alternatives for children who receive such exemptions. “This is a law that potentially allows a large number of children to receive no education,” said Andrew Block, associate professor and director of the Child Advocacy Clinic. “As a public policy matter, it’s in everyone’s interest to figure out how it’s operating. Christine Tschiderer ’12, who worked on the report, added, “The report raises so many questions about whether this is the best way to do things, and we think that warrants further study. We’re not sure what the best solution is, but we’d like that thoughtful examination to occur.”
The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the 10th case from the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic since the clinic began in 2006. In Rosemund v. United States, the clinic will argue on behalf of a Texas man who is appealing his 2010 federal firearms conviction. A number of UVA Law students who graduated in May 2013 were involved in preparing the opening petition in the case. Scott Gallisdorfer found the case and brought it to the clinic’s attention and Ryan Mowery, Archith Ramkumar, Levi Swank, David Parker, Galen Bascom and Jonathan Urick all contributed to preparing the petition. “I am thrilled the court granted cert,” Urick said. “It’s quite fulfilling to know that our work with the clinic is making a difference. Rosemond is a particularly fascinating case. It raises some great questions of criminal law and statutory interpretation.”
After students in the Innocence Project Clinic helped exonerate Bennett Barbour, a man proven innocent of rape by DNA testing, they learned their client would not be able to vote in the 2012 election unless he paid more than $1,000 in court fees unrelated to the overturned conviction. Clinic student Alexandra Meador ’13 [left, with Barbour and his family] led an online fundraising effort that helped Barbour vote for the first time, and also drove him to the polls. “I hope that people who take their right to vote for granted look to Mr. Barbour for inspiration,” Meador said. “Voting is more than just expressing your preference for a particular candidate or a particular issue. It’s one of the fundamental ways we engage as active members of society.” Barbour was gravely ill at the time he voted, and died just months later. “It was like a miracle that he was able to get out there. He was so determined to go, but it was a struggle,” she said. “I was so glad that I got to be there to witness that. It was probably one of the best experiences of my life, being able to see him vote.”
at virginia law, Students design their legal education and their intellectual life.
Hana Nah ’13 interned with financial services companies during her college years at New York University, including in 2008 when the financial crisis began. “I worked in both the financial and compliance parts of the business and became fascinated by the intersection between law and business,” she said. Nah continued that interest in law school, where she became vice president of the JD/MBA Society and volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Association. “I liked classes that reinforced practical skills. I took Persuasion, and that forced me to improve my public speaking skills. I also really enjoyed short courses — one example being the class on Dodd-Frank taught by
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
Citigroup executive Ned Kelly ’81.
Virginia offers more than 250 courses and seminars each year. Students pursuing interdisciplinary ideas benefit from an environment where nearly half of all law faculty also hold advanced degrees in fields such as psychology, economics, philosophy, history, medicine and theology. Each first-year student takes one “small-section” class consisting of 30 students during the first semester, which helps bond classmates from the start. Outside the classroom, students plan and program many of the conferences, lectures and panels that enrich the school’s intellectual life.
FIRST-YEAR COURSES fall Civil Procedure Contracts Criminal Law Legal Writing Torts spring
Constitutional Law Property Legal Writing 5-7 hours of electives DEGREE PROGRAMS Juris Doctor (J.D.) Master of Laws (LL.M.) Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAMS J.D.-Master of Arts in English, foreign affairs, government, history or philosophy J.D.-Master of Business Administration J.D.-Master of Urban and Environmental Planning J.D.-Master of Public Health J.D.-Master of Public Policy J.D.-Master of Science in Accounting J.D.-Master of Public Affairs, through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University J.D.-Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, through the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University J.D.-M.A. in international relations, through the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies STUDY ABROAD Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany Instituto de Empressa, Madrid, Spain Melbourne Law School, Australia Seoul National University, South Korea Tel Aviv University Law School, Israel University of Auckland, New Zealand University of Sydney, Australia Waseda University, Tokyo Students may create their own study abroad program and spend one semester studying law in a foreign university law school or law department. The Law School also offers January term courses in Paris and Israel.
History (12) Analysis of the Military Criminal Legal System (JAG) (11) Citizenship and Group Identity (12,13) Virginia Law offered the following courses during the past three Civil Liberties (11,12,13) Civil Liberties Survey (12,13) academic years. Several courses appear in more than one concentration. Civil Rights Litigation (11,12,13) Numbers in parentheses indicate which year: 2010-11 is coded (11), 2011-12 is (12) Comparative Constitutional Design (12,13) and 2012-13 is (13). Courses marked (JAG) are offered by the Judge Advocate Comparative Constitutional General’s Legal Center and School, located next door to the Law School. Law (11,12,13) Constitutional History I: American Revolution to 1865 in the Health Care Sector (12) Finance of Small Enterprises (12) Business Law and Economics Constitutional History II: The (11,12,13) Organization Colloquium (11,12,13) 20th Century (12) Franchise Law (11,12,13) and Finance Law and Game Theory (12) Constitutional Issues in Higher Insurance (11,12,13) COURSES AND SEMINARS Law Firm as a Business Education (12) International Investment Law A Brief Introduction to the Organization (11,12,13) Constitutional Law II: Law and (11,12,13) Capital Markets (11) Leadership and Team Theory of Equal Protection International Patent Law and Accounting: Understanding Management (11,12,13) (12) Policy (11,12,13) and Analyzing Financial Mergers and Acquisitions (11) International Trade Regulation Constitutional Law II: Statements (11,12,13) Nonprofit Organizations Religious Liberty (11,12,13) (13) Advising the Board of (11,12,13) Constitutional Law II: Freedom Law and Game Theory (12) Directors in a Mergers and of Speech and Press (12) Patent Law (11,12,13) Acquisitions World (11,12,13) Private Equity and Hedge Funds (13) Real Estate Finance Law (12,13) Constitutional Rights of Agency and Partnership Private Equity Deals and Firms Real Estate Transactions: Corporations (13) (11,12,13) (11,12) Constitutional Structure (12) Principles and Practice Airline Industry and Aviation Pro Bono at Large Law Firms Constitutional Theory (12,13) (11,12,13) Law (12,13) (11,12) Secured Transactions (11,12,13) Constitutionalism: History and Antitrust (11,12,13) Quantitative Methods (11,12) Jurisprudence (11,12,13) Secured Transactions (Law & Antitrust in the Global Real Estate Transactions: Criminal Law in the Supreme Business) (11,12) Economy (11,12,13) Principles and Practice Court (11,12,13) Selected Topics in Consumer Antitrust Practice (11,12,13) (11,12,13) Criminal Procedure Survey Bankruptcy (11,13) Antitrust Review of Mergers in (11,12,13) Sovereign Debt Crises (12) a Global Environment (12,13) Responses to the Financial Crisis (11,12,13) Defamation (11,12) Survey of Patent, Copyright, Applied Problem Solving SEC and Class Action Direct Democracy (11,12) Trademark (12) (11,12,13) Enforcement of the Federal Trade Secrets: History, Theory Disability Law (12) Bankruptcy (11,12,13) Securities Laws (13) Education Law, Policy and and Practice (11,12,13) Bankruptcy (Law & Business) Secured Transactions (11,12,13) Inequality (11,12) (11,12,13) Emerging Growth Companies Business Reorganization Under Secured Transactions (Law & Communications Business) (11,12) and Venture Capital Chapter 11 (11,12,13) and Media Law Securities Regulation (11,12,13) Financing: Principles and Class Actions and Complex COURSES AND SEMINARS Startup of a Biotech Company Antitrust in the Global Practice (11,12,13) Litigation (11,12) (11,12,13) Environmental Law and Corporate Finance (11,12,13) Economy (11,12,13) Structure of Enterprise (13) Federalism (11,12,13) Corporate Law Policy (12,13) Communications Law (11,12) Thinking Strategically in Law, Constitutional Law II: Freedom Federal Lawyer (11,12,13) Corporate Strategy (11,12) Business, Poker and War (11) Federal Sentencing (11,12,13) Corporations (11,12,13) of Speech and Press (12) Corporations (Law & Business) Topics in Corporate Copyright and Literary Culture First Amendment Freedoms Governance (11) (11) (11,12,13) in the Digital Age (11) Transactional Approach to First Amendment Theory Current Issues in Corporate Copyright Law (11,12,13) Mergers and Acquisitions (11,12) Law and Governance (12,13) Emerging Growth Companies (11,12,13) Government Finance: Debt, Current Issues in International and Venture Capital Budgets and Power (12) Financial Regulation (11) Financing: Principles and CLINICs Habeas Corpus (11,13) Emerging Growth Companies Nonprofit Clinic (11,12,13) Practice (11,12,13) International Agreements and Venture Capital Transactional Law Clinic (12,13) First Amendment Freedoms (JAG) (11) Financing: Principles and (11) Issues in Poverty Law (11,12) Practice (11,12,13) International Patent Law and Commercial Law Judicial Decision-Making: Emerging Markets: Principles Policy (11,12,13) COURSES AND SEMINARS Judicial Modesty (12) and Practice (11,12,13) Issues in International and Banking and Financial Judicial Review (13) Energy Businesses and Digital Media (11) Institutions (11,12,13) Judicial Role in American Transactions (13) Media and the Court (12) Bankruptcy (11,12,13) History (11,12) Ethics and Integrity for Law Survey of Patent, Copyright, Bankruptcy (Law & Business) Law and Education (11) Firm Lawyers and Their Trademark (12) (11,12,13) Law and Higher Education Clients (11,12,13) Business Reorganization Under CLINIC (11,12,13) Finance of Small Enterprises Chapter 11 (11,12,13) First Amendment Clinic (11,12) Law of Politics (11,12) (11,12,13) Class Actions and Complex Law of War (11,12,13) Franchise Law (11,12,13) Litigation (11,12,13) Constitutional Law of the Police (12,13) Governance and Control of Commercial Real Estate Law Lawyers and the Civil Rights the Multinational Business Transactions (11,12,13) COURSES AND SEMINARS Movement (11) Enterprise (11,12) Construction Law (11,12,13) Advanced Campaign Finance Local Government Law (11,12) Hedge Funds: Contract and Consumer Law (13) (12) Lochner Era (11) Regulation (12,13) Contracts II (11,12) Advanced Topics in the First Media and the Courts (12) International Business Copyright Law (11,12,13) Amendment (Religion Monetary Constitution (13) Transactions (11,12,13) Current Issues in International Clauses) (11,12,13) Money and Rights (12) Law and Business Management Financial Regulation (11) American Social and Legal
Poverty and the Constitution (12) Presidential Powers (11,12,13) Privacy and Surveillance (12) Profiling (13) Property, Economic Rights and the Constitution (11) Punishment in Law and Culture (11) Race and Law (11,12,13) Race and the Constitution in American History (11) Regulating Public Space in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (12) Regulation of the Political Process (11,13) Religion, Democracy and Law (11,12) Right to Education in U.S.: Real or Hollow? (12,13) Rule of Law: Controlling Government (11,12) Sovereign Debt Crises (12) Special Education Law (11) Supreme Court DecisionMaking: A Case Study (13) Supreme Court from Warren to Roberts (11,12,13) Supreme Court Justices and the Art of Judging (11,12,13) Supreme Court: October Term (11) Textualism and Its Critics (11,12) Virginia and the Constitution (11,12,13) What Lawyers Can Learn from the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King: Looking Back; Looking Forward (11) Wrongful Convictions (11) CLINICS
First Amendment Clinic (11,12,13) Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (11,12,13)
Criminal Justice COURSES AND SEMINARS
Analysis of the Military Criminal Legal System (JAG) (11) Causation in the Law (11)
Contemporary Debates in Criminal Law (11,13) Crime and Punishment in American History (13) Criminal Adjudication (11,12,13) Criminal Investigation (11,12,13) Criminal Law and Regulation of Vice (11) Criminal Law in the Supreme Court (11,12,13) Criminal Procedure (11,12,13) Criminal Procedure Survey (11,12,13) Criminology (11,12,13) Cybercrime (12,13) Death Penalty: An International Perspective (11) Federal Criminal Law (12,13) Federal Sentencing (11,12,13) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Survey: History, Policy and Practice Behind U.S. Efforts (11) Habeas Corpus (11,13) Innocence Cases: How Much Is Enough? (12,13) International Criminal Law (12,13) International Criminal Justice: Its Successes, Failures and Future Prospects (13) International Financial Crimes (11,12) Issues in Criminal Law Theory (12) Law of the Police (12,13) Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice (12,13) Plea Bargaining (11,13) Profiling (13) Psychiatry and Criminal Law (11,12,13) Punishment in Law and Culture (11) Social Science in Law (11,12,13) Supreme Court DecisionMaking: A Case Study (13) Topics in Federal Criminal Law: Fraud, Corruption, Group Criminality (12,13) Trials of the Century: Literary and Legal Representations of Great Criminal Trials (11)
War Crimes (JAG) (11) White-Collar Crime (11,12,13) Wrongful Convictions (11) CLINICS
Capital Post-Conviction Clinic (11,12,13) Criminal Defense Clinic (11,12,13) Innocence Project Clinic (11,12,13) Prosecution Clinic (11,12,13) Employment and Labor Law COURSES AND SEMINARS
Class Actions and Complex Litigation (11,12) Disability Law (12) Employment Discrimination (11,12,13) Employment Law: Contracts, Torts and Statutes (11,12,13) Employment Law: Health and Safety (13) Employment Law: Principles and Practice (11,12,13) Law of Work (11,12,13) Law of the Police (12,13) Professional Sports and the Law (11,12,13) Retirement Security (11,12,13) Sports Law (11,13) CLINIC
Employment Law Clinic (11,12,13)
Environmental and Land Use Law COURSES AND SEMINARS
Climate Change: Science, Policy and Law (12,13) Energy Regulation and Policy (12,13) Environmental Law (11,12,13) Environmental Law and Federalism (11,12,13) Environmental Law, Environmental Ethics (12) Federal Land, Energy and Natural Resource Law (11,13) Foundations of Climate Change Law and Policy (11) International Environmental Law (12)
Land Use Law (11,13) Legislation (11,12,13) Literature, Law and the Environment (12) Local Government Law (11,12) Natural Resource Law and Policy (11) Property II (12) Property Theory (12,13) Regulation of Hazardous Substances (13) Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste (11) Science and Policy of Biodiversity Conservation (12,13) Sites and Systems: Science, Planning and Law (11) Urban Law and Policy (11,13) Water Law (11) CLINIC
Environmental Law and Conservation Clinic (11,12) Family Law
COURSES AND SEMINARS
Aging and the Law (11,12,13) Children and the Law (13) Estate Planning: Principles and Practice (11,12,13) Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Taxation (JAG) (11) Family Law (11,12,13) Federal Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers (11,12,13) Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates (11) Juvenile Justice Reform (13) Law, Literature and the Family (11,13) Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice (12,13) Poverty, Child Health and Medical-Legal Partnerships (13) Trusts and Estates (11,12,13) CLINICS
Advocacy Clinic for the Elderly (11,12,13) Child Advocacy Clinic (11,12,13) Family Mediation Clinic (11,12,13)
Health Law COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advance Directives in Health Care: Innovation and Impediments (13) Aging and the Law (11,12,13) Bioethics and the Law (11,12,13) Drug Product Liability Litigation: Principles and Practice (11,12,13) Food and Drug Law (11,12) Genetics and the Law (11,12,13) Germs, Guns and Lead: Public Health Law and Policy (11,13) Global Health Law and Policy (11,12,13) Health Care Marketplace: Competition, Regulation and Reform (12,13) Health Care Structure and Financing (11) Health Law Survey (11,12,13) Israeli Health Law and Bioethics (12,13) Law and Business Management in the Healthcare Sector (12,13) Law and Ethics of Human Subject Research (13) Law of Reproduction (11,13) Legal Issues at the End of Life (11,13) Medical Malpractice and Health Care Quality (11,12,13) Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice (12,13) Mental Health Law (11,12,13) Moral Dimensions of Policymaking in the United States (11,13) New Frontiers in Clinical Ethics and Law (13) Psychiatry and Criminal Law (11,12,13) Themes in Biomedicine (11) CLINICS
Advocacy Clinic for the Elderly (11,12,13)
Mental Health Law Clinic (11,12,13)
Human Rights and Civil Liberties COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advanced Topics in the First Amendment (Religion Clauses) (11,13) Citizenship and Group Identity (12,13) Civil Liberties (11,12,13) Civil Liberties Survey (12,13) Civil Rights Litigation (11,12,13) Comparative Antiterrorism Law (11) Comparative Human Rights Law (12) Constitutional Law II: Freedom of Speech and Press (12) Death Penalty: An International Perspective (11) Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy (11) First Amendment Freedoms (11) Human Rights, Public International Law and the Scholarly Process (13) Immigration Law (11,12,13) International Human Rights Law (11,12,13) International Human Rights (JAG) (11) Law of War (11,12,13) Laws of War: Contemporary Debates (13) Lawyers and the Civil Rights Movement (11,13) Native American Law (12) Poverty, Inequity and Human Rights in Education (11) Privacy and Surveillance (12) Punishment in Law and Culture (11) Race and Law (11,12,13) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Rights and Revolutions in North Africa and the Arab Middle East (12)
Sexuality and the Law (13) What Lawyers Can Learn from the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King: Looking Back; Looking Forward (11) CLINICS
First Amendment Clinic (11,12,13) Immigration Law Clinic (11,12,13) International Human Rights Law Clinic (11,12,13) Intellectual Property COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advanced Patent Law (13) Bioethics and the Law (11,12,13) Communications Law (11,12) Copyright and Literary Culture in the Digital Age (11) Copyright Law (11,12,13) Cybercrime (12,13) Economic Foundations of Intellectual Property (11,12) Emerging Growth Companies and Venture Capital Financing: Principles and Practice (11,12,13) Intellectual Property: A Speakers’ Workshop (11) International Patent Law and Policy (11,12,13) Patent Law (11,12,13) Patent Prosecution (11) Patent Reform Act of 2011 (12) Privacy and Surveillance (12) Property II (12) Survey of Patent, Copyright, Trademark (12) Trademark Law (11,12) Trade Secrets: History, Theory and Practice (11,12,13) CLINICS
Patent and Licensing Clinic I (11,12,13) Patent and Licensing Clinic II (11,12,13)
International and National Security Law COURSES AND SEMINARS
Admiralty (11,12,13) Advanced Topics in the Law of War (JAG) (11,12) An American Half-Century (12,13) Antiterrorism, Law and the Role of Intelligence (11,12,13) Antitrust in the Global Economy (11,12,13) Citizenship and Group Identity (12,13) Climate Change: Science, Markets and Policy (12,13) Comparative Antiterrorism Law (11) Comparative Constitutional Design (12,13) Current Issues in International Financial Regulation (11) Death Penalty: An International Perspective (11) Developing Countries in International Economic Law (13) Dispute Settlement in International Trade and Investment (13) Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy (11) European Legal Systems (11,12) European Union Law (11,12,13) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Survey: History, Policy and Practice Behind U.S. Efforts (11) Foreign Relations Law (11,12,13) Foundations of Climate Change Law and Policy (11) French Public and Private Law (11,12,13) Global Health Law and Policy (11,12,13) Globalization and International Civil Litigation (11,12,13)
Israeli Health Law and Bioethics (12,13) Issues in International and Digital Media (11) Law and Ethics of Human Subject Research (13) Law of Sea, Air and Space Operations (JAG) (11,13) Law of War (11,12,13) Laws of War: Contemporary Debates (13) Legal and Policy Issues of the Indochina War (11,13) National Security Detention (11) National Security Law (11,12,13) Oceans Law and Policy (11,12,13) Presidential Powers (11,12,13) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Rights and Revolution in North Africa and the Arab Middle East (12) Sovereign Debt Crises (12) War and Peace (12) War Crimes (JAG) (11) CLINICS
Human Rights, Public International Law and the Scholarly Process (13) Immigration Law (11,12,13) Intelligence Law Reform (11,12,13) International Agreements (JAG) (11) International and Foreign Legal Research (11,12,13) International Banking Transactions (11,12,13) International Business Transactions (11,12,13) International Criminal Justice: Its Successes, Failures and Future Prospects (13) International Criminal Law (12,13) International Environmental Law (12) International Financial Crimes (11,12) International Human Rights Law (11,12,13) International Human Rights (JAG) (11) International Ifs in the Long 19th Century (11,12) International Ifs in the Mid20th Century (11) International Investment Law (11,12,13) International Law (11,12,13) International Law and Global Economy Colloquium (12) International Law and International Relations (11,12) International Law and the Use of Force (13) International Patent Law and Policy (11,12,13) International Taxation (11,12) International Tax Policy (12) International Trade Law and Policy (12) International Trade Regulation (13)
Immigration Law Clinic (11,12,13) International Human Rights Law Clinic (11,12,13) Jurisprudence and Comparative Law COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advanced Topics in the First Amendment (Religion Clauses) (11,13) American Legal Realism (13) Causation in the Law (11) Civil Rights Litigation (11,12,13) Common Law (13) Comparative Antiterrorism Law (11) Comparative Constitutional Design (12,13) Comparative Constitutional Law (11,12,13) Comparative Education Law and Policy (13) Comparative Human Rights Law (12) Constitutional Law II: Religious Liberty (11,12,13) Constitutional Law II: Freedom of Speech and Press (12) Constitutional Theory (12,13) Constitutionalism: History and Jurisprudence (11,12,13) Contemporary Political Theory (12,13) Duty to Obey (11) Economic Analysis of Public Law (13) European Legal Systems (11,12) Federal Judicial Process (13) First Amendment Freedoms (11) French Public and Private Law (11,12,13) Gender and Legal Theory (11,12) International Law and Global Economy Colloquium (12) Introduction to the Civil Law Tradition (13) Islamic Law (11,13) Israeli Health Law and
Bioethics (12,13) Issues in Criminal Law Theory (12) Judicial Decision-Making: Judicial Modesty (12,13) Judicial Philosophy in Theory and Practice (13) Jurisprudence (11,12,13) Law and Economics (11,13) Law and Economics Colloquium (11,12,13) Law and Game Theory (12,13) Law and Literature (11,13) Law and the Humanities (11,13) Legal Process: Basic Problems (13) Legal Theory (13) Legal Theory in Europe and the United States: A Comparative Analysis (11,13) Moral Dimensions of Policymaking in the United States (11,13) Public and Private Rights in American Law (11,12) Punishment in Law and Culture (11) Rescue, Charity and Justice (13) Rights (11) Rule of Law: Controlling Government (11,12) Rule of Law (JAG) (11) Seminar in Ethical Values (11,12,13) Social Science in Law (11,12,13) Tort Theory (11,12,13) Legal History COURSES AND SEMINARS
American Legal History (11,12) American Legal Realism (13) American Social and Legal History (12) An American Half-Century (12,13) Analysis of the Military Criminal Legal System (JAG) (11) Constitutional History I: American Revolution to 1865 (12,13) Constitutional History II: The 20th Century (12) Crime and Punishment in American History (13) Criminal Law and Regulation of Vice (11) European Legal Systems (11,12) Judicial Role in American History (11,12,13) Lawyers and the Civil Rights Movement (11,13) Legal History: Transnational and Imperial Contexts to 1850 (11,13) Legal History Colloquium (11) Lochner Era (11,13) Regulating Public Space in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (12) Virginia and the Constitution (11,12,13) Litigation and Procedure COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advanced Legal Research (11,12,13)
Advanced Verbal Persuasion (11,12,13) Alternative Dispute Resolution (11,12,13) Causation in the Law (11) Civil Rights Litigation (11,12,13) Class Actions and Aggregate Litigation (13) Class Actions and Complex Litigation (11,12) Conflict of Laws (11,12) Construction Law (11,12,13) Criminal Law in the Supreme Court (11,12,13) Drug Product Liability Litigation: Principles and Practice (11,12,13) Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients (11,12,13) Evidence (11,12,13) Evidence Law: Psychological Bases (12) Expertise, Science and the Law of Evidence (11) Federal Civil Litigation (12) Federal Courts (11,12,13) Federal Judicial Process (13) Federal Lawyer (11,12,13) Globalization and International Civil Litigation (11,12,13) Habeas Corpus (11,13) Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy (11,12,13) Judging (11,12,13) Legal Process: Basic Problems (13) Legislation (11,12,13) Medical Malpractice and Health Care Quality (11,12,13) Negotiation Institute (11,12,13) Oral Presentations Outside the Courtroom (11,12,13) Personal Injury Law (11,12) Persuasion for Advocates (11,12,13) Plea Bargaining (11,13) Practical Overview of Litigation in Federal District Courts (11,12) Practical Trial Evidence: Principles and Practice (11,12,13) Pretrial Litigation Skills (12) Professional Responsibility (11,12,13) Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice (11,12,13) Public Interest Law and Advocacy Skills (11,12,13) Quantitative Methods (11,12) Remedies (11,12,13) Remedies II (13) Restitution and Unjust Enrichment (11) Rhetoric (11,12,13) SEC and Class Action Enforcement of the Federal Securities Laws (13) Strategy in Civil Litigation: Pleading and Procedure (11,12) Tax Practice and Procedure (11,12,13) Torts II (11)
Virginia Law’s curriculum is complemented by academic conferences, lectures and a range of related events organized by students and faculty. Students meet and network with prominent attorneys in a variety of fields, including former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ’83, who has spoken at the Law School several times in recent years.
Charlottesville Police K-9 officer Lynn Childers and Leo, a 4-year-old Belgian malinois, visited Professor Anne Coughlin’s Criminal Investigation class recently to give students a firsthand look at police dog procedures. “To understand the value of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, it’s essential to pay close attention to how the police interpret and deploy it on a daily basis out there in the places where they work,” Coughlin said. “Officer Childers brings this body of law to life in the classroom, and she does so brilliantly.”
Public Policy and Regulation COURSES AND SEMINARS
Administrative Law (11,12,13) Advance Directives in Health Care: Innovation and Impediments (13) Advanced Campaign Finance (12) Advanced Topics in the First Amendment (Religion Clauses) (11,13) Advising the Board of Directors in a Mergers and Acquisitions World (11,12,13) Airline Industry and Aviation Law (12,13) Animal Law (11,12,13) Antitrust (11,12,13) Antitrust Practice (11,12,13) Antitrust Review of Mergers in a Global Environment (12,13) Applied Problem Solving (11,12,13) Banking and Financial Institutions (11,12,13) Baseball (11,12,13) Children and the Law (13) Citizenship and Group Identity (12,13) Class Actions and Complex Litigation (11,12) Climate Change: Science, Markets and Policy (12,13) Comparative Education Law and Policy (13) Constitutional Issues in Higher Education (12) Consumer Law (13) Criminal Law and Regulation of Vice (11) Criminology (11,12,13) Direct Democracy (11,12) Education Law, Policy and Inequality (11,12) Employment Law: Health and Safety (13) Energy Regulation and Policy (12,13) Environmental Law (11,12,13) Federal Income Tax (11,12,13) Federal Land, Energy and Natural Resource Law (11,13) Federal Lawyer (11,12,13) Food and Drug Law (11,12) Trade Secrets: History, Theory Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Survey: History, Policy and and Practice (11,12,13) Practice Behind U.S. Efforts Trial Advocacy (11,12,13) (11) Trial Advocacy College Foundations of Climate (11,12,13) Change Law and Policy (11) Trials of the Century: Literary and Legal Representations of Gender, Status and Economics (13) Great Criminal Trials (11) Virginia Practice and Procedure Government Ethics: Conflicts of Interest, Lobbying and (11,12,13) Campaign Finance (11,12,13) Wrongful Convictions (11) Government Finance: Debt, CLINICS Budgets and Power (12) Appellate Litigation Clinic Health Care Marketplace: (11,12,13) Competition, Regulation and Capital Post-Conviction Clinic Reform (12,13) (11,12,13) Health Care Structure and Family Mediation Clinic Financing (11) (11,12,13) Historic Preservation Law Innocence Project Clinic (11,12,13) (11,12,13) Immigration Law (11,12,13) Supreme Court Litigation International Environmental Clinic (11,12,13) Law (12)
International Trade Law and Policy (12) Issues in Poverty Law (11,12) Juvenile Justice Reform (13) Land Use Law (11,13) Law and Business Management in the Health Care Sector (12,13) Law and Education (11,13) Law and Ethics of Human Subject Research (13) Law and Policy of Watershed Management (12,13) Law and Public Service (11,12,13) Law of Politics (11,12,13) Law of Reproduction (11,13) Law of the Police (12,13) Legal Issues at the End of Life (11,13) Legislation (11,12,13) Legislative Drafting and Public Policy (11,12,13) Money and Rights (12) Monetary Constitution (13) Moral Dimensions of Policymaking in the United States (11,13) National Security Detention (11) Native American Law (12) New Frontiers in Clinical Ethics and Law (13) Poverty, Child Health and Medical-Legal Partnerships (13) Poverty, Inequity and Human Rights in Education (11) Property Theory (12,13) Public Interest Law and Advocacy Skills (11,12,13) Quantitative Methods (11,12) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Regulating Public Space in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (12) Regulation of U.S. Industries (11,12,13) Regulation of Hazardous Substances (13) Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste (11) Religion, Democracy and Law (11,12) Right to Education in U.S.: Real or Hollow? (12,13) Science and Policy of Biodiversity Conservation (12,13) Social Work of Law (12) Special Education Law (11,12) Tax Policy and Reform (11) Themes in Biomedicine (11) Topics in Law and Economics (11) Transactional Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions (11,12,13) Urban Law and Policy (11,13) Water Law (11)
Race and Law
Estates (11) International Taxation (11,12) International Tax Policy (12) African-American Lawyers Issues in State and Local from the Civil War to the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Present (11,12,13) (11,12,13) American Legal History (11,12) Nonprofit Organizations (11,13) American Social and Legal Partnership Tax (11,12,13) History (12) Civil Rights Litigation (11,12,13) Private Equity and Hedge Funds (13) Constitutional History I: American Revolution to 1865 Quantitative Methods (11,12) Real Estate Transactions: (12,13) Principles and Practice Constitutional History II: The (11,12,13) 20th Century (12) Retirement Security (11,12,13) Criminal Adjudication Tax Policy and Reform (11) (11,12,13) Tax Practice and Procedure Criminal Investigation (11,12,13) (11,12,13) Tax Shelters: Law and Policy Criminal Procedure Survey (11) (11,12,13) Taxation and Economic Education Law, Policy and Development (11,13) Inequality (11,12) Employment Discrimination CLINIC (11,12,13) Nonprofit Clinic (11,12,13) Family Law (11,12,13) Immigration Law (11,12,13) International Human Rights Law (11,12,13) Judicial Role in American History (11,12,13) Juvenile Justice Reform (13) Land Use Law (11,13) Law and Education (11,13) Lawyers and the Civil Rights Movement (11,13) Local Government Law (11,12,13) Native American Law (12) Profiling (13) Race and Law (11,12,13) Race and the Constitution in American History (11) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Rule of Law: Controlling Government (11,12) Social Science in Law (11,12,13) Special Education Law (11,12) Urban Law and Policy (11,13) What Lawyers Can Learn from the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King: Looking Back; Looking Forward (11) COURSES AND SEMINARS
Immigration Law Clinic (11,12,13) International Human Rights Law Clinic (11,12,13) Tax Law COURSES AND SEMINARS
Accounting: Understanding and Analyzing Financial Statements (11,12,13) Corporate Tax (11,12,13) Estate Planning: Principles and Practice (11,12,13) Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Taxation (JAG) (11) Federal Income Tax (11,12,13) Federal Income Tax: Advanced Topics (12,13) CLINICS Federal Taxation of Gratuitous Environmental Law and Transfers (11,12,13) Conservation Clinic (11,12,13) Gender, Status and Economics Immigration Law Clinic (13) (11,12,13) Government Finance: Debt, Litigation and Housing Law Budgets and Power (12) Clinic (11,12,13) Income Taxation of Trusts and
Through a new partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the University of Virginia, six interdisciplinary teams of UVA students — including law students — recently presented potential solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing conservation challenges. The partnership — which is a collaboration among the NFWF, the Law School and UVA’s Environmental Sciences and Biology departments — includes summer internships for UVA students at NFWF project sites, a new master’s degree program in conservation biology, and courses taught jointly by foundation staff and UVA faculty members. To mark the conclusion of the first course, students presented their research [above] to an audience that included professors and NFWF officials. “This class forces students in both fields to team up and communicate on real conservation issues,” said program participant Stacee Karras ’12. “It provides insight into what these types of relationships will be like in the real world. It also gives students the opportunity to make a real impact on the issues NFWF has identified as priority initiatives.”
virginia’s professors build relationships with students. They are leaders in the intellectual life of the community, organizing and speaking at lectures and other events, working with student organizations, volunteering for pro bono service and fostering new academic programs when they find student interest. They also join students in creating a community outside the classroom by contributing to efforts to raise money for public service grants or other student-run projects. Professor Richard Bonnie is a leading voice on issues relating to gun control, violence and the mentally ill. He recently met with Vice President Joe Biden and other top federal officials for a discussion on gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. Bonnie previously chaired the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform, which recommended changes to state laws following the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007. Bonnie said Virginia’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform was able to forge consensus across political parties in 2008 when the Virginia General Assembly moved to adopt recommendations from the commission’s report. “We formulated and enacted a very strong legal foundation for helping to transform a public mental health services system in ways that will get people the treatment they need when they need it, before things spiral out of control and terrible things happen,” he said.
Faculty commit to more than just leading classes. False confessions, invalid forensic analysis, eyewitness misidentifications and other flaws in the criminal justice system contributed to the wrongful conviction of the first 250 people exonerated by DNA tests, Professor Brandon Garrett writes in his book, “Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong.” “The goal was to see what patterns there are,” Garrett said. “The errors that repeated over and over again across the 250 cases were the result of bad barrels, and not a few bad apples. They resulted from unsound but systemic practices that allowed wellintentioned people to contribute to convicting the innocent.”
PROFESSOR MARGO BAGLEY takes students from her Patent and International Patent Law classes on a field trip each fall to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where they meet Chief Judge Randall Rader in his chambers. Rader and his clerks brief the students on the morning’s cases, after which they hear the oral arguments. Finally, Rader debriefs the class. “This is something that I would have loved to be able to do as a student, so I’m glad to be able to arrange it for my students,” Bagley said.
Dean Paul G. Mahoney has lunch with first-year students throughout the fall semester.
Professor Mila Versteeg and professor deena hurwitz [far left] helped arrange an informal meeting between students and Richard Goldstone, a former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, at a local coffee shop.
Students have the opportunity to take one-credit SeminarS in Ethical Values, which are usually taught from the professors’ homes and resemble a book or film club. Eve Aguilar ’13 [below] and Priscilla Arthus ’13 took a seminar offered by Professors Risa Goluboff and Rich Schragger, who are married. The course included material on being a lawyer and balancing work-life issues. “Taking a Seminar in Ethical Values was a great way to connect with professors outside of the classroom,” Aguilar said. Arthus added, “The literature provided for eye-opening discussions covering a wide spectrum of challenges that women (and to some extent men) still face in the workplace, the type of lives we would like to have, and some strategies we could implement on the homefront to facilitate a successful, balanced work life.” Holding sessions at the professors’ home, where dinner was provided “created a congenial atmosphere and made the class all that more enjoyable,” Arthus said.
Reading List: “I Don’t Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson “Get to Work” by Linda Hirschman “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg “Striking a Balance: Work, Family, Life” by Robert Drago “The End of Men and the Rise of Women” by Hannah Rosin
Alex Krueger-Wyman ’13 [below] worked as a research assistant to Professor Saikrishna Prakash [left], focusing primarily on editing his forthcoming book on presidential powers. “Not only did I learn more about a fascinating area of the law, but I had the opportunity to do so by working privately with one of the foremost luminaries in the field,” Krueger-Wyman said. “More importantly, however, working as a research assistant to Professor Prakash was a terrific personal experience. Professor Prakash has become a wonderful mentor and friend to me, and he went above and beyond in helping me secure my federal clerkship. I have no doubt we will remain in touch.” Krueger-Wyman also assisted Professor A. E. Dick Howard with a law review article and helped prepare him to moderate the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. “Not only did I learn a great deal about Supreme Court jurisprudence, I actually visited the Supreme Court twice with Professor Howard to hear oral argument and personally meet Justice [Samuel] Alito and Justice [Anthony] Kennedy.”
Graduates are ready for their careers After law school, Virginia graduates join law firms across the country, clerk for federal and state courts and work in a range of public interest jobs, from government to legal aid. Our alumni are leaders in their fields: Virginia ranked second in the number of associates promoted to partner among the National Law Journal’s top 250 firms in 2011, and in a recent study by Stanford Graduate School of Business professors, Virginia ranked fifth in the number of lawyers at the top 300 U.S. law firms. Lauren Willard ’11 [left] and Rebecca Gantt ’11 clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2012-13 term. Virginia is fourth among law schools in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2005-12. Thirteen alumni from the classes of 2008-11 have clerked for the court.
Ravi Agarwal ’09 works in the mergers and acquisitions group at the law firm Simpson Thacher, and Anna Shearer ’07 is a vice president at Barclays Capital in New York City.
on day one. Virginia ranks second after Harvard in the number of chief legal officers at the nation’s top 500 companies, according to a 2010 report in Corporate Counsel magazine. Virginia is fourth in the number of partners in the National Law Journal’s top 100 firms, according to a paper published in the Journal of Legal Education in 2011. Virginia has graduates in 99 of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (as of May 2013).
Philip Williamson ’13, a Batesville, Ark., native, studied philosophy, theology and political science as an undergraduate. After law school he will clerk for Judge Lavenski R. Smith on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge Ray Kethledge on the 6th Circuit, with a long-term goal of entering politics. “Virginia is a great place to go to law school. The environment is open and supportive. Professors mean it when they say, ‘My door is always open,’” Williamson said. “UVA has given me a broader perspective on the world, and the tools to make it a better place.”
joy guo ’14 worked for Davis Polk in New York during her second summer. TOP JOB LOCATIONS, CLASSES OF 2010-12 District of Columbia (253) Virginia (172) New York (171) California (60) Texas (55) Georgia (35) Massachusetts (30) Pennsylvania (28) Florida (27) Maryland (26) North Carolina (25) Illinois (23) LAW FIRMS 64% with firms in American Lawyer’s top 100 by gross revenue 12% with firms ranked between 101-200 23% with smaller firms CLERKSHIPS (including alumni clerkships 2010-12) 5 U.S. Supreme Court 60 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal 100 U.S. District Courts and other federal courts 60 state courts PUBLIC INTEREST JOBS (including 159 postgraduate fellowships) 64 federal government 50 state and local government 21 military 105 public interest groups CAMPUS RECRUITING FALL 2012 More than 650 offices Over 6,000 on-campus interviews of secondyear students Averaged more than 18 interviews per participating secondyear student
WHERE GRADUATES GO, 2010-12 FIRM: 57% (625) PUBLIC INTEREST: 22% (244) POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS (159)
FIRST-YEAR SUMMER JOBS Class of 2014 (summer 2012) 34% public sector 22% judicial 22% law firm 19% academic 4% corporate CONTACT: (434) 924-7349 email@example.com www.law.virginia.edu/ career
CLERKSHIP: 16% (180) CORPORATE: 3% (36) ACADEMIC: 1% (8)
We believe lawyers have an obligation to serve. Virginia upholds Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s conviction that lawyers have a special obligation to serve the public interest. Many students at Virginia volunteer their legal services, work in public service jobs over the summer and pursue public interest careers after graduating. Virginia supports these students through the Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program, the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center, the Pro Bono Program, fellowships and the Program in Law and Public Service.
THE VIRGINIA LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM helps repay the loans of graduates earning less than $75,000 annually in public service jobs. Those earning less than $55,000 receive benefits covering 100 percent of their qualifying law school loans. The Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center provides individual counseling and sponsors events focused on educating students about working in the public sector. THE PRO BONO PROGRAM is a voluntary program encouraging all students to complete at least 75 hours of pro bono service during their three years of law school. Opportunities are available locally and nationwide. The program also organizes pro bono projects that focus on areas such as child advocacy, immigration law and veteransâ€™ disability claims.
The Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center helps students applying for internships and postgraduate fellowships, and provides a number of awards to students. The Law School’s own Powell Fellowship and Robert F. Kennedy ’51 Public Service Fellowships provide salaries to graduating PUBLIC SERVICE 2012-13 More than $484,000 awarded to 109 students working in public interest jobs over the summer 16,615 pro bono hours logged by law students 93 Class of 2013 graduates completed at least 75 hours of pro bono while in law school 30 students participated in the Alternative Spring Break Pro Bono Program with eight different organizations
students working in public service positions. The Public Interest Law Association distributed more than $484,000 in 2013 to law students who accepted low-paying or unpaid public service internships during the summer.
during tax season, University of Virginia law students help qualifying community members file their federal and state tax returns for free.
CONTACT: (434) 924-3883 publicservicelaw@ virginia.edu www.law.virginia.edu/ publicservice
PROGRAM IN LAW AND PUBLIC SERVICE The Program in Law and Public Service offers a select group of students the chance to receive specialized training that will prepare them for careers in public service, including in
prosecution, public defense, government, legal aid, international human rights and other nonprofit organizations. Each year, up to 20 first-year students are admitted to the program, along with up to five second-year students. The program aims to
prepare students for a career in public service that they can start on day one after they graduate or finish a clerkship. Aditi Goel ’12, a member of the first class in the program, said it helped her obtain a summer position with The Defender Association in
Seattle. “I got to do three jury trials that summer, all misdemeanor cases — assault, [a] minor in possession of alcohol, and property destruction,” she said. “This experience was necessary when it came to finding a job post-graduation.”
Gabriel Hippolyte ’13, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University who was born in Haiti, will work as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office after law school. “My passion for prosecution and public service comes from a desire to be an advocate for my community. Virginia Law assisted me in fulfilling that desire through their Prosecution Clinic and Pro Bono Program, which provided me with opportunities to work on a diverse array of legal issues that have a direct impact on people’s lives,” Hippolyte said. “Through Virginia Law’s Prosecution Clinic, I gained invaluable field experience by prosecuting petty offense cases on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. These opportunities, coupled with the guidance of the Public Service Center, prepared me for a career in prosecution and helped me gain my current job as a prosecutor.”
The Law School and the student-run Public Interest Law Association provided more than $484,000 to 109 students working nationwide and internationally in public service jobs during the summer of 2013. The grant helped fund the internship of Shannon Parker ’14, who worked at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, an organization that helps children in the foster care system by pairing attorneys and social workers together to provide the child with a holistic approach to representation. Parker, who majored in elementary education in college, said the PILA grant will help her take a key step toward her longstanding goal of working with children. “During my time as a student teacher, I realized that the children that I really wanted to work with were those children who didn’t have anyone in their corner — particularly children with difficult issues at home,” she said. “When I came to law school, this quickly evolved into a desire to work with children in the foster care system.”
Law students volunteer for a week each year to help legal aid clients and in government offices across the country through an alternative spring break program, a tradition begun in 2009 by the Public Interest Law Association.
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Access to 10 academic journals and 67 student organizations, from social clubs to legal aid groups, ensures that students explore the world outside law school and expand their legal experiences while leading well-rounded lives.
members of the Black Law Students Association recently traveled to Sierra Leone to volunteer with Timap for Justice. The students taught paralegals contracts, torts and criminal law, and also studied how foreign companies mine the nationâ€™s abundant natural resources.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS A Cappellate Opinions Action for a Better Living Environment Advocates for Life at Virginia Law American Constitution Society for Law and Policy The Aristotle Society Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Black Law Students Association Child Advocacy Research & Education
Conference on Public Service and the Law Domestic Violence Project Extramural Moot Court Federalist Society Feminist Legal Forum First Year Council Graduate Law Students Association Health Law Association Human Rights Study Project, Cowan Fellows JD/MBA Society Jewish Law Students Association John Bassett Moore Society
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An Indiana University graduate, Chase Cooper ’13 will be working at Jones Day in Dallas after law school. “I was the editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology and the president of the Lambda Law Alliance. I also did pro bono work for the Legal Aid Justice Center and the UVA Law Human Rights Program. But the highlight of my extracurricular involvement was probably being the problem author for the semifinal and final rounds of the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition,” he said. “I wrote a fictional state Supreme Court opinion involving the extent of constitutional religious protections, and the Moot Court competitors argued the case in front of real federal judges as if it were on appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court. It was a lot of fun to hear my problem argued by very skilled advocates and to meet some really cool federal judges.”
Assistance Project Public Interest Law Association Rex E. Lee Law Society Rivanna Investments Secular Legal Society St. Thomas More Society Street Law Student Bar Association Student Legal Forum Students for Sensible Drug Policy Virginia Animal Law Society Virginia Employment and Labor Law Association Virginia Entrepreneurial
Society Virginia Environmental Law Forum Virginia Law & Business Society Virginia Law Democrats Virginia Law Families Virginia Law and Graduate Republicans Virginia Law Rod & Gun Club Virginia Law Students for Reproductive Justice Virginia Law Veterans Virginia Law Weekly Virginia Law Women
Virginia Society of Law & Technology Virginia Sports Law Society Volunteer Income Tax Association West Coast Wahoos Women of Color
ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS 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
living in Charlottesville
Charlottesville’s pleasures abound. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., Charlottesville is a picturesque and thriving metropolitan area of more than 200,000. Charlottesville’s nightclubs, music venues and festivals create an exceptionally vibrant live music scene. Area restaurants are featured in publications such as Gourmet magazine and The New York Times. Theater, opera and music are community fixtures; each year the city hosts the nationally acclaimed Virginia Film Festival and gathers literary luminaries for the Virginia Festival of the Book. Law students seeking a community in which they can relax, find plentiful entertainment and appreciate abundant natural beauty to balance the rigors of law study will find a home in Charlottesville.
NO. 1 CITY IN AMERICA —Frommer’s “Cities Ranked and Rated,” 2004
NO. 4 CITY IN AMERICA —Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2009
UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena: Named Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue of 2006,” the arena has already featured such acts as Lady Gaga, Muse, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, the Blue Man Group, Eric Clapton and Carrie Underwood. In addition to hosting UVA basketball games, the arena has become the area’s premier venue for concerts, comedy acts (including “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart) and family fare, such as Cirque du Soleil and Sesame Street Live.
Scott stadium: Home to UVA’s football games, Scott Stadium has also hosted The Rolling Stones, U2 and Dave Matthews Band.
Law students can take advantage of the Universityâ€™s arts and entertainment scene, from sporting events to concerts and theatrical performances.
The Paramount: Reopened in 2004, Charlottesvilleâ€™s historic Paramount Theater offers an intimate environment for concerts, theater and classic movies.
Virginia Film Festival: Recent featured guests have included Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber, Sandra Bullock, director Curtis Hanson, Nicolas Cage and Anthony Hopkins.
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