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 more than 2,100 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 about 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.
1,106 students 11:1 student-faculty ratio 10 academic journals 72 student organizations Students from the Class of 2014 attended 172 undergraduate institutions and come from 41 states, the District of Columbia and four foreign countries 25 percent of the Class of 2014 identify themselves as minority students 14 percent have graduate degrees and 70 percent have work experience after college
STUDENTS PUT LEGAL THEORY
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.
In the past year the INNOCENCE PROJECT CLINIC [left] helped overturn the convictions of two Virginia men, including one who was on death row, and helped exonerate a man proven innocent of rape by DNA testing.
Bennett Barbour was convicted in 1978 of the rape of a college
student who had incorrectly identified him as her attacker. In 2010, DNA testing of evidence from the crime scene conclusively indicated that Barbour was not the perpetrator, and pointed instead to a convicted rapist who is now awaiting trial in connection with the crime. The test results did not come to light until 2012, and with the clinic’s help, the Virginia Supreme Court exonerated Barbour in May that same year.
Innocence Project Clinic participant ASHLEY BROWN ’12 wrote Bennett Barbour’s petition for a writ of actual innocence. “Of everything I did in law school, writing that petition is undeniably the thing I’m most proud of,” she said. “I can only imagine how relieved and vindicated Mr. Barbour must have felt when he read the Virginia Supreme Court’s decision. I’m just glad that we were able to achieve a just result for him.”
CLINICS Advocacy for the Elderly Appellate Litigation Capital PostConviction Child Advocacy Criminal Defense Employment Law Environmental Law and Conservation Family Mediation First Amendment Law Housing Law Immigration Law Innocence Project International Human Rights Mental Health Law Nonprofit Law Patent and Licensing I Patent and Licensing II Prosecution Supreme Court Litigation Transactional Law CURRICULAR PROGRAMS Program in Law & Business Program in Law and Public Service International Law Legal and Constitutional History Criminal Justice 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 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
Students from the Law School’s INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CLINIC traveled to the United Nations in New York City in October 2011 to distribute a series of briefing papers they had prepared for a U.N. official. The series of papers, titled “Violence Against Women in the United States and the State’s Obligation to Protect,” was submitted to U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo in support of her mission. “One of the main points of our briefing papers is to remind people, especially government actors, that human rights abuses happen here in the U.S. too,” CALLEIGH MCRAITH ’12 said. “Violence against women isn’t just a problem of less developed countries — even with our strong legal system, there are still a lot of terrible things happening right in our backyard.”
Three Virginia Law students had a chance to step outside of traditional legal study and compete in a university-wide competition to develop a start-up business plan. The students earned an honorable mention and $5,000 in the UVA ENTREPRENEURSHIP CUP for their proposal for a system providing clean drinking water in developing countries. They competed against UVA business, graduate and undergraduate students. The Law School’s chapter of the VIRGINIA ENTREPRENEURIAL SOCIETY sponsored the initial Law School round of the competition. “Water is going to be the conflict resource of the 21st century,” said JUSTIN KANTER ’14, one of the team’s members. “This is going to be something that is a solution looking forward.”
In response to a motion prepared by students in the Law School’s FIRST AMENDMENT CLINIC, a federal judge in April 2012 ordered American International Group Inc. and the Securities and Exchange Commission to publicly release corporate monitor reports on AIG leading up to the 2008 financial meltdown. The clinic’s involvement began after American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel magazine reporter Sue Reisinger sought to examine the monitor reports from a $126 million securities violations settlement between the SEC and AIG. When the government declined, she contacted the clinic’s co-director, BRUCE BROWN, a Washington, D.C., media attorney at Baker Hostetler. “I definitely expect my involvement in the clinic and this case to be useful in my career path,” said TIFFANY PARRISH RAINBOLT ’13, who helped write the motion on Reisinger’s behalf. “I have learned huge amounts about every little detail that goes into researching, writing, filing and defending these briefs.”
FIRST AMENDMENT CLINIC co-director JOSH WHEELER and [from left] clinic students KELSEY HAZZARD ’12, HALLEE MORGAN ’12 and TIFFANY PARRISH RAINBOLT ’13.
AT VIRGINIA LAW, STUDENTS DESIGN THEIR LEGAL EDUCATION AND THEIR INTELLECTUAL LIFE.
Brooklyn native LAURA PALIANI ’12 said the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic offered her a unique and valuable experience. “We worked in small teams with professors and attorneys from New York and D.C. — all with abundant appellate litigation experience — on cases for real clients appealing to the Supreme Court,” she said. “My first group filed a cert petition on a case about the penal exception to the full faith and credit clause. I also worked on a cert petition on the scope of the routine booking exception to Miranda, and a brief in opposition to a cert petition on a preemption question, among other cases. Working with the directors and other students in the clinic on litigation strategy and seeing each brief through from the very first stages of research and drafting, through editing and production, to filing it with the court has been invaluable.” After law school, Paliani plans to join the litigation
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
group at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City.
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 Torts Legal Writing 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 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 Third-year students may obtain a combined degree from Sciences Po/Paris. 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.
Clauses) (10,11,12) Advertising Law (10) American Social and Legal History (10,12) Analysis of the Military VIRGINIA LAW OFFERED THE FOLLOWING COURSES during the past three Criminal Legal System (JAG) academic years. Several courses appear in more than one concentration. (10,11) Citizenship and Group Identity Numbers in parentheses indicate which year: 2009-10 is coded (10), 2010-11 is (12) (11) and 2011-12 is (12). Courses marked (JAG) are offered by the Judge Advocate Civil Liberties (10,11,12) Civil Liberties Survey (12) General’s Legal Center and School, located next door to the Law School. Civil Rights History from Plessy to Brown (10) Franchise Law (10,11,12) Colloquium (10,11,12) Civil Rights Litigation BUSINESS Insurance (10,11,12) Law and Game Theory (12) (10,11,12) ORGANIZATION International Investment Law Comparative Constitutional Law Firm as a Business AND FINANCE (10,11,12) Organization (10,11,12) Design (12) COURSES AND SEMINARS International Patent Law and Leadership and Team Comparative Constitutional A Brief Introduction to the Policy (10,11,12) Management (11,12) Law (10,11,12) Capital Markets (11) Law and Game Theory (12) Managing the Global Comparative Democratic Accounting: Understanding Managing the Global Economic Crisis (10) Constitutionalism (10) and Analyzing Financial Economic Crisis (10) Mergers and Acquisitions (10,11) Constitutional History I: Statements (10,11,12) Nonprofit Organizations (10,11) Patent Law (10,11,12) American Revolution to 1896 Advising the Board of Private Equity Deals and Firms Real Estate Finance Law (12) (10,12) Directors in a Mergers and Real Estate Transactions: (10,11,12) Constitutional History II: The Acquisitions World (10,11,12) Principles and Practice Pro Bono at Large Law Firms 20th Century (10,12) Agency and Partnership (10,11,12) (10,11,12) Constitutional Issues in Higher (10,11,12) Real-World Challenges and Quantitative Methods Education (12) Airline Industry and Aviation Pitfalls of the Lawyer for the Constitutional Law II: Law and (10,11,12) Law (12) Corporation (10) Real Estate Transactions: Theory of Equal Protection Antitrust (10,11,12) Secured Transactions (10,11,12) Principles and Practice (12) Antitrust in the Global Secured Transactions (Law & (10,11,12) Constitutional Law II: Economy (10,11,12) Business) (10,11,12) Real-World Challenges and Religious Liberty (10,11,12) Antitrust Practice (10,11,12) Pitfalls of the Lawyer for the Selected Topics in Consumer Constitutional Law II: Freedom Antitrust Review of Mergers in Bankruptcy (10,11) Corporation (10) of Speech and Press (10,12) a Global Environment (10,12) Sovereign Debt Crises (12) Regulatory and Legislative Constitutional Structure (12) Applied Problem Solving Survey of Patent, Copyright, Responses to the Financial Constitutional Theory (12) (10,11,12) Trademark (10,12) Crisis (11,12) Constitutionalism: History and Bankruptcy (10,11,12) Secured Transactions (10,11,12) Trade Secrets: History, Theory Jurisprudence (10,11,12) Bankruptcy (Law & Business) and Practice (10,11,12) Secured Transactions (Law & Criminal Law in the Supreme (10,11,12) Business) (10,11,12) Court (10,11,12) Business Reorganization Under Securities Regulation (10,11,12) COMMUNICATIONS Criminal Procedure Survey Chapter 11 (10,11,12) Start-up of a Biotech Company AND MEDIA LAW (11,12) Chapter 11 (10) (10,11,12) Defamation (11,12) Class Actions and Complex COURSES AND SEMINARS Thinking Strategically in Law, Advertising Law (10) Direct Democracy (11,12) Litigation (10,11,12) Business, Poker and War (11) Antitrust in the Global Disability Law (10,12) Corporate Finance (10,11,12) Topics in Corporate Education Law and Policy (10) Corporate Law Policy (10, 12) Economy (10,11,12) Governance (11) Education Law, Policy and Corporate Strategy (10,11,12) Communications Law Transactional Approach to Inequality (11,12) Corporations (10,11,12) (10,11,12) Mergers and Acquisitions Corporations (Law & Business) Constitutional Law II: Freedom Emerging Growth Companies (10,11,12) and Venture Capital (10,11,12) of Speech and Press (10,12) Financing: Principles and Current Issues in Corporate Copyright and Literary Culture CLINICS Law and Governance (10,12) Transactional Law Clinic (12) in the Digital Age (11) Practice (10,11,12) Current Issues in International Nonprofit Clinic (10,11,12) Copyright Law (10,11,12) Environmental Law and Financial Regulation (11) Emerging Growth Companies Federalism (10,11,12) Economic Crisis: Causes and and Venture Capital Federal Lawyer (10,11,12) COMMERCIAL LAW Cures (10) Financing: Principles and Federal Sentencing (11,12) COURSES AND SEMINARS Emerging Growth Companies Banking and Financial First Amendment Freedoms Practice (10,11,12) and Venture Capital (11) Institutions (10,11,12) First Amendment Freedoms (11) Financing: Principles and First Amendment Theory Bankruptcy (10,11,12) International Patent Law and (10,11,12) Bankruptcy (Law & Business) Policy (10,11,12) Practice (10,11,12) Government Finance: Debt, (10,11,12) Issues in International and Emerging Markets: Principles Budgets and Power (12) Business Reorganization Under Digital Media (11) and Practice (10,11,12) Habeas Corpus (11) Chapter 11 (10,11,12) Media and the Court (12) Ethics, Integrity and Avoiding International Agreements Chapter 11 (10) Search Engines (10) “Club Fed” (10,11,12) (JAG) (10,11) Class Actions and Complex Survey of Patent, Copyright, Finance of Small Enterprises Issues in Poverty Law (10,11,12) Litigation (10,11,12) Trademark (10,12) (10,11,12) Judicial Decision-Making: Commercial Real Estate Franchise Law (10,11,12) CLINIC Judicial Modesty (12) Transactions (10,11,12) Governance and Control of First Amendment Clinic Judicial Role in American Construction Law (10,11,12) the Multinational Business (10,11,12) History (11,12) Contracts II: A CaseFile Course Enterprise (10,11) Law and Education (11) (11,12) Hedge Funds: Contract and CONSTITUTIONAL Law and Higher Education Copyright Law (10,11,12) Regulation (12) LAW (10,11,12) Current Issues in International International Business COURSES AND SEMINARS Law of Politics (10,11,12) Financial Regulation (11) Transactions (10,11,12) Advanced Campaign Finance Law of War (10,11,12) Law and Business Management Current Issues in Patent Law (10) (12) Law of the Police (12) in the Healthcare Sector (12) Finance of Small Enterprises Advanced Topics in the First Lawyers and the Civil Rights (10,11,12) Law and Economics Amendment (Religion
Movement (11) Local Government Law (10,11,12) Lochner Era (10,11) Media and the Courts (12) Money and Rights (12) Police Misconduct (10) Poverty and the Constitution (12) Presidential Powers (10,11,12) Privacy and Surveillance (12) Property, Economic Rights and the Constitution (11) Punishment in Law and Culture (10,11) Race and Law (10,11,12) Race and the Constitution in American History (11) Regulating Public Space in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (12) Regulation of the Political Process (10,11) Religion, Democracy and Law (10,11,12) Religious Liberty (11) Right to Education in U.S.: Real or Hollow? (12) Rights of Indigenous Peoples (10) Rights, Bills of Rights and Constitutions: Britain Begins to Emulate the United States (10) Rule of Law: Controlling Government (10,11,12) Sovereign Debt Crises (12) Special Education Law (10,11,12) Supreme Court from Warren to Roberts (10,11,12) Supreme Court Justices and the Art of Judging (10,11,12) Supreme Court: October Term (10,11) Textualism and Its Critics (10,11,12) Virginia and the Constitution (10,11,12) What Lawyers Can Learn from the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King: Looking Back; Looking Forward (11) Wrongful Convictions (10,11)
First Amendment Clinic (10,11,12) Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (10,11,12)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES AND SEMINARS
Analysis of the Military Criminal Legal System (JAG) (10,11) Causation in the Law (11) Contemporary Debates in Criminal Law (11) Criminal Adjudication (10,11,12) Criminal Investigation (10,11,12) Criminal Law and Regulation of Vice (10,11) Criminal Law in the Supreme Court (10,11,12) Criminal Procedure (10,11,12) Criminal Procedure Survey (11,12) Criminology (10,11,12) Cybercrime (10,12) Death Penalty: An International Perspective (10,11) Federal Criminal Law (12) Federal Sentencing (11,12) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Survey: History, Policy and Practice Behind U.S. Efforts (11) Habeas Corpus (11) Innocence Cases: The West Memphis 3 (12) International Criminal Law (10,12) International Financial Crimes (10,11,12) Issues in Criminal Law Theory (12) Law of the Police (12) Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice (10,12) Plea Bargaining (10,11) Police Misconduct (10) Psychiatry and Criminal Law (10,11,12) Punishment in Law and Culture (10,11)
Social Science in Law (10,11,12) Topics in Federal Criminal Law: Fraud, Corruption, Group Criminality Trials of the Century: Literary and Legal Representations of Great Criminal Trials (11) War Crimes (JAG) (11) White Collar Crime (10,11,12) Wrongful Convictions (10,11) CLINICS
Capital Post-Conviction Clinic (10,11,12) Criminal Defense Clinic (10,11,12) Innocence Project Clinic (10,11,12) Prosecution Clinic (10,11,12) EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW COURSES AND SEMINARS
Class Actions and Complex Litigation (10,11,12) Disability Law (10,12) Employment Discrimination (10,11,12) Employment Law: Contracts, Torts and Statutes (10,11,12) Employment Law: Health and Safety (10) Employment Law: Principles and Practice (10,11,12) Law of Work: A CaseFile Course (10,11,12) Law of the Police (12) Professional Sports and the Law (10,11,12) Retirement Security (10,11,12) Sports Law (11) CLINIC
Employment Law Clinic (10,11,12)
ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND USE LAW COURSES AND SEMINARS
Climate Change: Science, Policy and Law (10,12) Energy Regulation and Policy (12) Environmental Law (10,11,12) Environmental Law and Federalism (10,11,12)
Environmental Law, Environmental Ethics (12) Federal Land and Natural Resource Law (10,11) Foundations of Climate Change Law and Policy (11) International Environmental Law (10,12) Land Use Law (10,11) Law and Policy of Watershed Management (10,12) Legislation (10,11,12) Literature, Law and the Environment (12) Local Government Law (10,11,12) Natural Resource Law and Policy (11) Property II: A CaseFile Course (12) Property Theory (12) Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste (11) Science and Policy of Biodiversity Conservation (12) Sites and Systems: Science, Planning and Law (11) Urban Law and Policy (10,11) Water Law (11) CLINIC
Environmental Law and Conservation Clinic (10,11,12) FAMILY LAW
COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advanced Trusts and Estates (10) Aging and the Law (10,11,12) Children and the Law (10) Colloquium: Marriage in Law, Culture, and the Imagination (10) Estate Planning: Principles and Practice (10,11,12) Estate Planning, Will Drafting, and Taxation (JAG) (11) Family Law (10,11,12) Federal Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers (10,11,12) Health Care for Children: Law, Economics and Health Policy (10)
Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates (10,11) Law, Literature and the Family (11) Mental Health, Juvenile Justice and Family Law (10,12) Trusts and Estates (10,11,12) CLINICS
Advocacy Clinic for the Elderly (10,11,12) Child Advocacy Clinic (10,11,12) Family Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic (10,11) Family Mediation Clinic (12) HEALTH LAW
COURSES AND SEMINARS
Aging and the Law (10,11,12) Bioethics and the Law (10,11,12) Drug Product Liability Litigation: Principles and Practice (10,11,12) Food and Drug Law (10,11,12) Genetics and the Law (10,11,12) Germs, Guns and Lead: Public Health Law and Policy (10,11) Global Health Law and Policy (11,12) Health Care for Children: Law, Economics and Health Policy (10) Health Care Marketplace: Competition, Regulation and Reform (12) Health Care Reform (10) Health Care Structure and Financing (10,11) Health Law Survey (10,11,12) Israeli Health Law and Bioethics (12) Law and Business Management in the Healthcare Sector (12) Law and Ethics of Human Subject Research (10) Law of Reproduction (11) Legal Issues at the End of Life (11) Medical Malpractice and Health Care Quality
(10,11,12) Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice (10,12) Mental Health Law (10,11,12) Moral Dimensions of Policymaking in the United States (10,11) Psychiatry and Criminal Law (10,11,12) Themes in Biomedicine (11) CLINICS
Advocacy Clinic for the Elderly (10,11,12) Mental Health Law Clinic (10,11,12) HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advanced Topics in the First Amendment (Religion Clauses) (10,11) Citizenship and Group Identity (12) Civil Liberties (10,11,12) Civil Liberties Survey (12) Civil Rights Litigation (10,11,12) Comparative Antiterrorism Law (11) Comparative Human Rights Law (12) Constitutional Law II: Freedom of Speech and Press (10,12) Death Penalty: An International Perspective (10,11) Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy (10,11) First Amendment Freedoms (11) Immigration Law (10,11,12) Native American Law (10,12) International Human Rights Law (10,11,12) International Human Rights (JAG) (11) Law of War (10,11,12) Lawyers and the Civil Rights Movement (11) Poverty, Inequity and Human
Rights in Education (11) Privacy and Surveillance (12) Punishment in Law and Culture (10,11) Race and Law (10,11,12) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Rights and Revolutions in North Africa and the Arab Middle East (12) Rights of Indigenous Peoples (10) Rights, Bills of Rights and Constitutions: Britain Begins to Emulate the United States (10) Sexuality and the Law (10) What Lawyers Can Learn from the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King: Looking Back; Looking Forward (11) CLINICS
First Amendment Clinic (10,11,12) Immigration Law Clinic (10,11,12) International Human Rights Law Clinic (10,11,12) INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COURSES AND SEMINARS
Advertising Law (10) Bioethics and the Law (10,11,12) Communications Law (10,11,12) Copyright and Literary Culture in the Digital Age (11) Copyright Law (10,11,12) Current Issues in Copyright Litigation (10) Current Issues in Patent Law (10) Cybercrime (10,12) Economic Foundations of Intellectual Property (10,11,12) Emerging Growth Companies and Venture Capital Financing: Principles and Practice (10,11,12)
Global Intellectual Property: History and Theory (10) Intellectual Production Without Intellectual Property (10) Intellectual Property: A Speakers’ Workshop (11) International Patent Law and Policy (10,11,12) Patent Reform Act of 2011 (12) Patent Law (10,11,12) Patent Prosecution (11) Privacy and Surveillance (12) Property II: A CaseFile Course (12) Search Engines (10) Secondary Liability for Copyright Infringement (10) Survey of Patent, Copyright, Trademark (10,12) Trademark Law (11,12) Trade Secrets: History, Theory and Practice (10,11,12) CLINICS
Patent and Licensing Clinic I (10,11,12) Patent and Licensing Clinic II (10,11,12) INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL SECURITY LAW COURSES AND SEMINARS
Admiralty (10,11,12) Advanced Topics in the Law of War (JAG) (10,11) An American Half-Century (10,12) Antiterrorism, Law and the Role of Intelligence (10,11,12) Antitrust in the Global Economy (10,11,12) Citizenship and Group Identity (12) Climate Change: Science, Markets and Policy (10,12) Comparative Antiterrorism Law (11) Comparative Constitutional Design (12) Current Issues in International
Financial Regulation (11) Death Penalty: An International Perspective (10,11) Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy (10,11) European Legal Systems (10,11,12) European Union Law (10,11,12) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Survey: History, Policy and Practice Behind U.S. Efforts (11) Foreign Relations Law (10,11,12) Foundations of Climate Change Law and Policy (11) French Public and Private Law (10,11,12) Global Health Law and Policy (11,12) Global Intellectual Property: History and Theory (10) Globalization and International Civil Litigation (10,11,12) Immigration Law (10,11,12) Indochina War: Legal and Policy Issues (11) Intelligence Law Reform (10,11,12) International Agreements (JAG) (10,11) International and Foreign Legal Research (10,11,12) International Banking Transactions (10,11,12) International Business Transactions (10,11,12) International Criminal Law (10,12) International Deal-Making: Legal and Business Aspects (10) International Environmental Law (10,12) International Financial Crimes (10,11,12) International Human Rights (JAG) (11) International Human Rights Law (10,11,12) International Ifs in the Long 19th Century (11,12) International Ifs in the Mid20th Century (11) International Investment Law (10,11,12) International Law (10,11,12) International Law and Global Economy Colloquium (12) International Law and International Relations (11,12) International Patent Law and Policy (10,11,12) International Taxation (10,11) International Tax Policy (12) International Trade Law and Policy (10,12) Israeli Health Law and Bioethics (12) Issues in International and Digital Media (11) Law and Ethics of Human Subject Research (10) Law of Sea, Air and Space Operations (JAG) (11)
Law of War (10,11,12) National Security Detention (11) National Security Law (10,11,12) Oceans Law and Policy (10,11,12) Presidential Powers (10,11,12) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Rights and Revolution in North Africa and the Arab Middle East (12) Rights of Indigenous Peoples (10) Sovereign Debt Crises (12) War and Peace (10,12) War Crimes (JAG) (11)
Comparative Analysis (10, 11) Modern American Legal Thought: A Historical Introduction (10) Moral Dimensions of Policymaking in the United States (10,11) Psychology and Law (10) Public and Private Rights in American Law (11,12) Punishment in Law and Culture (10,11) Rescue, Charity and Justice (10) Rights (11) Rights, Bills of Rights and Constitutions: Britain Begins to Emulate the United States (10) Rule of Law: Controlling Government (10,11,12) Rule of Law (JAG) (11) Seminar in Ethical Values (10,11,12) Social Science in Law (10,11,12) Tort Theory (10,11,12)
Civil Rights Litigation (10,11,12) Class Actions and Complex Litigation (10,11,12) Conflict of Laws (11,12) Construction Law (10,11,12) Criminal Law in the Supreme Court (10,11,12) Current Issues in Copyright Litigation (10) Disputes and Remedies (JAG) (10) Drug Product Liability Litigation: Principles and Practice (10,11,12) Ethics, Integrity and Avoiding “Club Fed” (10,11,12) CLINICS Evidence (10,11,12) Immigration Law Clinic Evidence Law: Psychological (10,11,12) Bases (12) International Human Rights Evidence Theory (10) Law Clinic (10,11,12) Expertise, Science and the Law of Evidence (10,11) JURISPRUDENCE AND Federal Civil Litigation (12) COMPARATIVE LAW Federal Courts (10,11,12) COURSES AND SEMINARS Federal Lawyer (10,11,12) Advanced Topics in the First Globalization and Amendment (Religion LEGAL HISTORY International Civil Litigation Clauses) (10,11) COURSES AND SEMINARS (10,11,12) Causation in the Law (11) American Legal History Habeas Corpus (11) Civil Rights Litigation (10,11,12) Hallmarks of Distinguished (10,11,12) American Social and Legal Advocacy (10,11,12) Comparative Antiterrorism History (10,12) Judging (10,11,12) Law (11) An American Half-Century Legal Process: Basic Problems Comparative Constitutional (10,12) (10) Design (12) Analysis of the Military Comparative Constitutional Criminal Legal System (JAG) Legislation (10,11,12) Medical Malpractice and Law (10,11,12) (10,11) Health Care Quality Comparative Democratic Civil Rights History from Plessy (10,11,12) Constitutionalism (10) to Brown (10) Negotiation Institute (10,11,12) Comparative Human Rights Constitutional History I: Law (12) American Revolution to 1896 Oral Presentations Outside the Courtroom (10,11,12) Constitutional Law II: (10,12) Religious Liberty (10,11,12) Constitutional History II: The Personal Injury Law (10,11,12) Persuasion for Advocates Constitutional Law II: Freedom 20th Century (10,12) (10,11,12) of Speech and Press (10,12) Criminal Law and Regulation Plea Bargaining (10,11) Constitutional Theory (12) of Vice (10,11) Practical Overview of Constitutionalism: History and European Legal Systems Litigation in Federal District Jurisprudence (10,11,12) (10,11,12) Courts (11,12) Contemporary Political Theory Judicial Role in American Practical Trial Evidence: (10,12) History (11,12) Principles and Practice Duty to Obey (11) Lawyers and the Civil Rights (10,11,12) European Legal Systems Movement (11) Pretrial Litigation Skills (12) (10,11,12) Legal History: Transnational Professional Responsibility First Amendment Freedoms (11) and Imperial Contexts to (10,11,12) French Public and Private Law 1850 (11) Professional Responsibility in (10,11,12) Legal History Colloquium (11) Public Interest Law Practice Gender and Legal Theory Lochner Era (10,11) (10,11,12) Modern American Legal (11,12) Public Interest Law and Thought: A Historical International Law and Global Advocacy Skills (11,12) Introduction (10) Economy Colloquium (12) Quantitative Methods Regulating Public Space in Islamic Law (11) (10,11,12) Historical and Theoretical Israeli Health Law and Remedies (10,11,12) Perspective (12) Bioethics (12) Restitution and Unjust Issues in Criminal Law Theory Virginia and the Constitution Enrichment (11) (10,11,12) (12) Rhetoric (10,11,12) Judicial Decision-Making: Strategy in Civil Litigation: Judicial Modesty (12) LITIGATION Pleading and Procedure Jurisprudence (10,11,12) AND PROCEDURE (10,11,12) Law and Economics (11) COURSES AND SEMINARS Tax Practice and Procedure Law and Economics Advanced Legal Research (11,12) Colloquium (10,11,12) (10,11,12) Law and Game Theory (12) Advanced Verbal Persuasion Torts II (11) Law and Literature (10,11) (10,11,12) Trade Secrets: History, Theory Law and the Humanities (11) Alternative Dispute Resolution and Practice (10,11,12) Legal Process: Basic Problems (10,11,12) Trial Advocacy (10,11,12) (10) Alternative Dispute Resolution: Trial Advocacy College (10,11,12) Legal Theory in Europe Negotiation/Mediation (10) Trials of the Century: Literary and the United States: A Causation in the Law (11) and Legal Representations
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 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.”
Advanced Topics in the First Amendment (Religion Clauses) (10,11) Advertising Law (10) Advising the Board of Directors in a Mergers and Acquisitions World (10,11,12) Airline Industry and Aviation Law (12) Animal Law (10,11,12) Antitrust (10,11,12) Antitrust Practice (10,11,12) Antitrust Review of Mergers in a Global Environment (10,12) Applied Problem Solving (10,11,12) Banking and Financial Institutions (10,11,12) Baseball (10,11,12) Children and the Law (10) Citizenship and Group Identity (12) Class Actions and Complex Litigation (10,11,12) Climate Change: Science, Markets and Policy (10,12) Constitutional Issues in Higher Education (12) Criminal Law and Regulation of Vice (10,11) Criminology (10,11,12) Direct Democracy (11,12) Education Law and Policy (10) Education Law, Policy and Inequality (11,12) Employment Law: Health and Safety (10) Energy Regulation and Policy (12) Environmental Law (10,11,12) Federal Income Tax (10,11,12) Federal Land and Natural Resource Law (10,11) Federal Lawyer (10,11,12) Food and Drug Law (10,11,12) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Survey: History, Policy and Practice Behind U.S. Efforts (11) Foundations of Climate Change Law and Policy (11) Government Ethics: Conflicts of Interest, Lobbying and Campaign Finance (10,11,12) Government Finance: Debt, Criminal Trials (11) Budgets and Power (12) Virginia Practice and Procedure Health Care Marketplace: (10,11,12) Competition, Regulation, Wrongful Convictions (10,11) and Reform (12) CLINICS Health Care Reform (10) Appellate Litigation Clinic Health Care Structure and (10,11,12) Financing (10,11) Capital Post-Conviction Clinic Historic Preservation Law (10,11,12) (10,11,12) Family Alternative Dispute Immigration Law (10,11,12) Resolution Clinic (10,11) International Environmental Family Mediation Clinic (12) Law (10,12) Innocence Project Clinic International Trade Law and (10,11,12) Policy (10,12) Supreme Court Litigation Issues in Poverty Law (10,11,12) Clinic (10,11,12) Land Use Law (10,11) Law and Business Management PUBLIC POLICY in the Healthcare Sector (12) AND REGULATION Law and Education (11) COURSES AND SEMINARS Addressing the Fiscal Crisis (10) Law and Ethics of Human Subject Research (10) Administrative Law (10,11,12) Law and Policy of Watershed Advanced Campaign Finance Management (10,12) (12)
Law and Public Service (10,11,12) Law of Politics (10,11,12) Law of Reproduction (11) Law of the Police (12) Legal Issues at the End of Life (11) Legislation (10,11,12) Legislative Drafting and Public Policy (10,11,12) Managing the Global Economic Crisis (10) Money and Rights (12) Moral Dimensions of Policymaking in the United States (10,11) National Security Detention (11) Native American Law (10,12) Poverty, Inequity and Human Rights in Education (11) Property Theory (12) Public Interest Law and Advocacy Skills (11,12) Quantitative Methods (10,11,12) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Regulating Public Space in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (12) Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste (11) Regulation of U.S. Industries (10,11,12) Religion, Democracy and Law (10,11,12) Right to Education in U.S.: Real or Hollow? (12) Rights of Indigenous Peoples (10) Science and Policy of Biodiversity Conservation (12) Social Work of Law (12) Special Education Law (10,11,12) Tax Policy and Reform (11) Themes in Biomedicine (11) Topics in Law and Economics (11) Transactional Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions (10,11,12) Urban Law and Policy (10,11) Water Law (11) CLINICS
Environmental Law and Conservation Clinic (10,11,12) Housing Law Clinic (10,11,12) Immigration Law Clinic (10,11,12) Native American Law (10,12) RACE AND LAW COURSES AND SEMINARS
African-American Lawyers from the Civil War to the Present (11) American Legal History (10,11,12) American Social and Legal History (10,12) Civil Rights History from Plessy to Brown (10) Civil Rights Litigation (10,11,12) Constitutional History I:
American Revolution to 1896 (10,12) Constitutional History II: The 20th Century (10,12) Criminal Adjudication (10,11,12) Criminal Investigation (10,11,12) Criminal Procedure Survey (11,12) Education Law and Policy (10) Education Law, Policy and Inequality (11,12) Employment Discrimination (10,11,12) Family Law (10,11,12) Immigration Law (10,11,12) International Human Rights Law (10,11,12) Judicial Role in American History (11,12) Land Use Law (10,11) Law and Education (11) Lawyers and the Civil Rights Movement (11) Local Government Law (10,11,12) Native American Law (10,12) Race and Law (10,11,12) Race and the Constitution in American History (11) Refugee Law and Policy (12) Rule of Law: Controlling Government (10,11,12) Social Science in Law (10,11,12) Special Education Law (10,11,12) Urban Law and Policy (10,11) What Lawyers Can Learn from the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King: Looking Back; Looking Forward (11)
Real Estate Transactions: Principles and Practice (10,11,12) Retirement Security (10,11,12) Tax Policy (10) Tax Policy and Reform (11) Tax Practice and Procedure (11,12) Tax Shelters: Law and Policy (11) Taxation and Economic Development (10,11) Taxation of Financial Products and Investment Vehicles (10) CLINIC
Nonprofit Clinic (10,11,12)
Immigration Law Clinic (10,11,12) International Human Rights Law Clinic (10,11,12) TAX LAW COURSES AND SEMINARS
Accounting: Understanding and Analyzing Financial Statements (10,11,12) Addressing the Fiscal Crisis (10) Corporate Tax (10,11,12) Estate Planning: Principles and Practice (10,11,12) Estate Planning, Will Drafting, and Taxation (JAG) (11) Federal Income Tax (10,11,12) Federal Income Tax: Advanced Topics (12) Federal Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers (10,11,12) Government Finance: Debt, Budgets and Power (12) Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates (10,11) International Taxation (10,11) International Tax Policy (12) Issues in State and Local Taxation and Fiscal Policy (11,12) Nonprofit Organizations (10,11) Partnership Tax (10,11,12) Quantitative Methods (10,11,12)
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 in April 2012 [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.
A group of students and Professor Anne Coughlin worked together to help bring a federal lawsuit seeking the reversal of military policies banning women from serving in combat roles. The suit alleges that the Defense Department and U.S. Army are violating the law and infringing upon the constitutional rights of military servicewomen by excluding them from certain ground combat units and other positions solely on the basis of their sex. “We want to eliminate this last vestige of formal discrimination against women by the federal government, and ensure that women in the military have the same opportunities and the same obligations as men,” Coughlin said. “No other employer in the country may tell a woman that she is barred from the job merely because she is a woman. It is time for the Pentagon to stop relying on sex as a proxy for fitness to serve.”
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 [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. REBECCA GANTT ’11 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. “It’s practical in that we discuss what type of life we hope to have, and think about how to balance all of the different things that we might want to do after law school. But it’s also been very interesting on a more theoretical level to read a bit of social science literature that gives some fairly surprising statistics about women in the workplace, including graduates of this law school,” Gantt said. “It was also really special being able to have the class at Professors Goluboff and Schragger’s home. Not only was dinner provided, but it created a wonderful atmosphere.” READING LIST: “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” BY ALLISON PEARSON “Get to Work,” BY LINDA HIRSCHMAN “Lawyers at Mid-Career,” BY Virginia Law Professor JOHN MONAHAN AVAILABLE AT: http://bit.ly/mpCbF6 “Rethinking the New Maternalism,” BY NAOMI MEZEY and CORNELIA T.L. PILLARD AVAILABLE AT: http://bit.ly/l42LZE “Manhood for Amateurs,” BY MICHAEL CHABON “Reshaping the Work-Family Debate,” BY JOAN WILLIAMS
“The summer after my 1L year, I worked as a research assistant for GEORGE GEIS, a fantastic professor here at the Law School,” said SARAH CHASE-LEVENSON ’12. “It was such a great experience because it’s an opportunity to build a close working relationship with a professor, and to engage firsthand with the creation of legal academic scholarship. I did research for an article he was writing on third-party beneficiaries in contract law, and it was so rewarding to gain extensive knowledge in a niche area of the law, and to view the process of legal research and academic writing firsthand.” Chase-Levenson, who served as editor-inchief of the Virginia Law & Business Review, plans to work for Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington, D.C., after law school.
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 Journalâ€™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. FOUR ALUMNI CLERKED FOR THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DURING THE 2011-12 TERM, which tied Virginia for second among law schools nationwide in the number of alumni clerking for sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices. This was the third time since the 2006-07 term that Virginia has had four clerks at the Supreme Court.
GRADUATES ARE READY FOR THEIR CAREERS 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 EACH of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (as of March 2012).
DAVID PEREZ ’12, a New Jersey native, plans to work for Jones Day’s Los Angeles office after graduation. “After three years at Virginia Law, I feel prepared and confident as I move on to the next step in my life,” he said. “I am fortunate to have had a positive law school experience that was not only fun but that has put me in the best position I could hope for to start my career as an attorney. It’s a credit to the school’s faculty and student body, as they both facilitate a respectful and friendly learning environment.”
“The employment law courses I took at Virginia were great preparation for my current job. And now that I live in New York, I really appreciate the opportunity I had to live in Charlottesville for three years. Virginia was a fantastic place to go to school.” —STEPHEN J. MALONE ’97, vice president, employment law, NBCUniversal
KATHLEEN HO ’10 is an associate with Latham & Watkins in New York. TOP JOB LOCATIONS, CLASSES OF 2008-11 Washington, D.C. 341 New York 277 California 89 Atlanta 51 Richmond, Va. 46 Boston 44 Charlottesville, Va. 42 Chicago 37 Dallas 31 Houston 26 Philadelphia 26 Alexandria, Va. 23 FIRMS 71% with firms in American Lawyer’s top 100 by gross revenue 10% with firms ranked between 100 and 200 19% smaller firms CLERKSHIPS 13 U.S. Supreme Court (alumni clerkships, 2008-11) 53 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal 106 U.S. District Courts and other federal courts 42 state courts 1 international court PUBLIC INTEREST JOBS 124 postgraduate fellowships 60 federal government 32 state and local government 26 military 19 public interest groups CAMPUS RECRUITING FALL 2011 More than 630 employers 5,550 on-campus interviews of secondyear students More than 14 interviews each (second-year students) FIRST-YEAR SUMMER JOBS More than 97% of the Class of 2013 found lawrelated jobs following their first year. 32% public sector 23% judicial 23% firms 18% academic 5% corporate CONTACT: (434) 924-7349 email@example.com www.law.virginia.edu/ career
WHERE GRADUATES GO, 2008-11
FIRM: 65% (1,007) PUBLIC INTEREST: 17% (265)
POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS (124)
CLERKSHIP: 14% (209) CORPORATE: 2% (30) ACADEMIC: 1% (17) OTHER: 1% (13)
WE BELIEVE LAWYERS HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SERVE. VIRGINIA UPHOLDS THOMAS JEFFERSON’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 center also organizes pro bono projects that focus on areas such as child advocacy, immigration law and veterans’ 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 provides a salary to a graduating student or judicial clerk working in public service for two years. PUBLIC SERVICE 2011-12 $483,074 in grants awarded to 109 students working in public interest jobs over the summer 17,681 pro bono hours logged by Virginia Law students 91 Class of 2012 graduates completed at least 75 hours of pro bono while in law school 60 students participated in the Alternative Spring Break Pro Bono Program
The Public Interest Law Association distributed more than $480,000 in 2012 to law students who accepted low-paying or unpaid public service internships during the summer.
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
DURING TAX SEASON, University of Virginia law students helped qualifying community members file their federal and state tax returns for free.
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,” said program director Professor JAMES RYAN. SARAH JOHNS ’12 said the program helped her decide to pursue a career in
higher education law. “That’s a strength of [Ryan] as a mentor, and really of the program as well, in that it gave me the opportunity to determine what I want to do after law school,” Johns said.
ADITI GOEL ’12 will work as a public defender in Boston at the Committee for Public Counsel Services after law school. “During my 2L summer, I worked for the Defender Association in Seattle,” she said. “It was there that I met my first client, did my first jury trial and experienced my first loss. Developing relationships with my clients and being responsible for their cases was truly a remarkable experience that I will never forget.” Goel interned at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and for the JustChildren program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. She also participated in the Capital Post-Conviction Clinic and the Innocence Project Clinic.
THE LAW SCHOOL and the student-run Public Interest Law Association provided more than $480,000 to 109 students working nationwide and internationally in public service jobs during the summer of 2012. The grant helped fund the internship of THORNE MAGINNIS ’14, who worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In his work with the Federal Tort Act Claims Division, Maginnis assisted attorneys who defend the government against lawsuits. The division has handled highprofile cases such as lawsuits resulting from the Army Corps of Engineers’ management of the levy system in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. “Working [over] the summer helps you get a foot in the door and shows employers that it’s where you want to be long-term,” Maginnis said. “Plus, it’s helping me try out the idea of being a lawyer for the government, which is something I’m interested in.”
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 three years ago by the Public Interest Law Association.
YOU’LL FIND A HOME HERE.
ACCESS TO 10 ACADEMIC JOURNALS and 72 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.
EIGHT MEMBERS OF THE BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION recently traveled to Port-au-Prince to speak to Haitian government officials, the United Nations, international NGOs and grassroots organizations about efforts to address the high rates of sexual assault in the internally displaced persons camps. The students summarized their findings in a report in April.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Aâ€™Cappellate Opinions ACLU-UVA Law 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 Advocacy Team Extramural Moot Court Federalist Society Feminist Legal Forum First Year Council Graduate Law Students Health Law Association Human Rights Study Project, Cowan Fellows JD/MBA Society Jewish Law Students Association John Bassett Moore Society of International Law
Lambda Law Alliance Latin American Law Organization Law Christian Fellowship Law School Football League Law Student Advocacy Project (LSAP) Legal Advisory Workshops for Undergraduate Students Legal Assistance Society Legal Education Project The Libel Show Migrant Farmworker Project Moot Court Board Muslim Law Students
Association National Trial Advocacy Team Native American Law Students Association North Grounds Softball League Outdoors at VA Law Peer Advisor Program Phi Alpha Delta Pro Bono Criminal Assistance Project Public Interest Law Association Rape Crisis Advocacy Project Rappahannock Legal Services Clinic
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be editor-inchief of the Virginia Law Review and vice president of Lambda Law Alliance,” said KENT PIACENTI ’12. “I learned so much from working in each of those positions, and I value all the friendships that I made. After three years of law school, I have a much better awareness of different points of view on various subjects. No matter how passionately I feel about a contentious issue, there is always a good argument on the other side. I have enjoyed listening to classmates articulate their positions.” After law school, Piacenti plans to clerk for Judge Susan P. Graber of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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 Students United to Promote Racial Awareness Virginia Animal Law Society Virginia Employment and Labor Law Association Virginia Entrepreneurial Society Virginia Environmental
Law Forum Virginia Innocence Project Student Group Virginia Law and 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 Wine Society Virginia Law Women Virginia Society of
Law & Technology Virginia Sports Law Society Volunteer Income Tax Association 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 Review Virginia Law & Business 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 145,000. 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 the circus 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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