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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 2009, Kiplinger’s Magazine named it among the top five places to live in the United States.

No. 1 Best Place to Live in America —Frommer’s “Cities Ranked and Rated,” 2004

No. 1 Best Climate on the East Coast —American Association of State Climatologists

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No. 6 Top 10 Cities That Have It All —Arts & Entertainment TV

No. 7 Best Place to Raise a Family —Reader’s Digest

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[Page 4-5] [photos; school and C-ville] 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. Located just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. and featuring a regional population of more than 200,000, Charlottesville has attracted national accolades for its ideal marriage of urban amenities and gorgeous natural setting. Sidebar (here or later?): #1 City in America In 2004, the Charlottesville metropolitan area, encompassing the city and Albemarle, Fluvanna and Greene counties, beat out 402 other metro areas in the United States and Canada to claim the title as “Best Place to Live in America” in Frommer’s “Cities Ranked and Rated.” Charlottesville was commended for its low unemployment and crime rates, good health care, temperate climate and cultural amenities. Rankings fluctuate year to year, but Charlottesville remains among the most desirable places to live, according to many experts. • #1 - Best Climate on East Coast, American Association of State Climatologists • #2 - Healthiest Place to Live, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine • #6 - Top Ten Cities That Have It All, Arts & Entertainment TV 2007 the National Raise a Family, Reader’s Digest Trust for Preservation • #7 - Best Place to In “A perfect university town. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What more could one ask for?” named the area as a — Professor Elizabeth Magill

“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 1,078 students 11:1 studentfaculty ratio 20 clinics 67 student organizations The Class of 2015 attended 150 undergraduate institutions and came from 43 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries.

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

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the

University of Virginia School of Law is a worldrenowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. A faculty of nationally acclaimed experts and outstanding teachers lead Virginia’s 1,100 students to appreciate the power of law to 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 studentrun honor system to maintain the highest ethical standards.

“I really doubt there is any law school that provides more support for its students. I’m very grateful for the excellent legal education I received, as well as the opportunities for personal and professional development and for building a network of really great people. If I had it to do over again, I would.” —Chase Cooper ’13


The University With a total student body of approximately

21,000 and a faculty of more than 2,700, 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

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.

“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

Faculty Life The faculty represents an exceptional diversity

of interests and includes leading scholars and acknowledged experts in all aspects In any given year of public and private law. Reflecting the Law School includes about 80 the Law School’s emphasis on the resident full-time interdisciplinary study of law, a number faculty members, about 15 faculty who of faculty also hold doctoral degrees teach a course at the in a variety of related fields, including Law School but who focus on disciplines economics, history, philosophy, other than law, more psychology and medicine. than 15 visiting professors, and more The faculty is enriched each than 100 lecturers, year by visitors from other leading adjuncts or part-time instructors. law schools here and abroad, as 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.

“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

Supporting Scholarship

Building a better Community

Virginia is known for its collegial atmosphere. 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 the humanities 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 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, 67 interest-centered 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

The City

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 awardwinning vintages. The city’s proximity to Washington, D.C., as well as its reputation as one of the nation’s best

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

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.


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 Office of Dual Career Recruitment 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.

Careers As a $2.6 billion a year

business, the University is the area’s top employer, with more than 8,000 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 12 graduate schools, featuring more than 80 graduate degrees and 57 doctoral degrees. Other area schools, such as Piedmont Virginia Community College and Mary Baldwin College, offer programs designed for working adults, including night classes. 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

The University of Virginia Medical Center has 189 doctors named to the national Best Doctors in America list.

(offering services for victims of domestic violence) and Children, Youth & Family Services. 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 many others. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Health Care UVA’s Medical Center is

neighboring counties. consistently ranked among the Martha Jefferson Hospital nation’s top hospitals. The University provides full medical and emergency of Virginia Health Sciences Center care with 180 beds. With two has four components: patient care, major campuses, the not-for-profit schools of medicine and nursing, and community hospital has more than a health science library. Patient care 450 affiliated physicians representing is provided through an integrated more than 40 medical specialties. network of primary and specialty care, Martha Jefferson also is well-regarded ranging from wellness programs to for its comprehensive approach to the most technologically advanced obstetrical and prenatal care. care. The Health System includes a 604-bed hospital, a level-one trauma center and outpatient clinics throughout Charlottesville and

Schools 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.

Charlottesville is

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 55 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 13,122 students 16 elementary schools 5 middle schools 3 high schools 1 charter high school 1 charter middle school 1 STEM Magnet Program (9-12) Charlottesville 3,945 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)

AND Family 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. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

“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, New York Times

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Charlottesville’s diverse

culinary treasures appeal to residents seeking gourmet experiences, ethnic variety or a family-friendly atmosphere. Upscale dining choices include American- and Frenchthemed restaurants Petit Pois, C&O,

Fleurie fine French cuisine Aromas Greek and Middle Eastern fare Bang! Asian Fusion tapas The Flat French crêperie Ten Japanese food hotspot Hamilton’s gourmet American dishes Himalayan Fusion Indian and Tibetan dishes Tavola local, seasonal Italian cuisine – Zocolo Spanishand Latininspired dishes Bodo’s Bagels family-friendly fast food Mas Spanish tapas

and L’Etoile, among others. More restaurants. The city boasts a number exotic ethnic choices include Spanish, of fine dessert specialty shops South African, Caribbean and — Chandler’s Bakery, Hotcakes, Ethiopian food, along with the area’s Gearhart’s Chocolates, Splendora’s numerous authentic Italian, Asian Gelato and SweetHaus have avid (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, followings. Vietnamese), Indian and Mexican

“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

Outings 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, 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 CharlottesvilleAlbemarle 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 Keith Urban Carrie Underwood Blue Man Group Taylor Swift

Culture and The hometown of the Dave

Matthews Band, Charlottesville has several theaters, nightclubs and music venues that create a thriving entertainment scene. Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Cosby, 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 (above left) 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 Eric Clapton 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 American Shakespeare Center at Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only recreation 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

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 Arts 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).

Charlottesville was named “Healthiest Place to Live” by Men’s Journal magazine in 2010.

recreation 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 crosscountry skiing. Indoor recreation is also available through the University’s four Intramural-Recreational Sports facilities, which include an Olympic-

sized 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,

Virginia’s strong overall sports program is recognized nationally — UVA is one of 14 schools to rank in the top 30 of the final Director’s Cup standings in all 20 years of the program’s existence.

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

Key Resources MLS listings of area homes for sale can be searched by price, home size and region at Find links and information on rental and student housing, both on- and off-Grounds at .edu/housing C-ville Weekly, The Hook, and the Charlottesville Daily Progress also run ads and features on local real estate.

Housing 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.


Charlottesville hosts

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