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 OVER 20,000 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 DUPONT 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.
1,122 students 12.6:1 student-faculty ratio 10 academic journals More than 99 percent of the Class of 2008 reported employment nine months after graduation 70 student organizations Students from the classes of 2012 come from 40 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and 10 foreign countries
STUDENTS PUT LEGAL THEORY
VIRGINIA OFFERS 20 CLINICS that give students access to real-world cases, contact with clients and the 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 studies come to life. Students also benefit from skill-building courses in public speaking, professional ethics and legal writing.
THE SUPREME COURT LITIGATION CLINIC [left] has won three out of four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court since the class began in 2006. Professor Jim Ryan will argue the clinic’s fifth case before the court in the fall of 2010. “Since I started law school, I’ve been interested in moot court and appellate advocacy, so this is like a dream class for me,” said LANORA PETTIT ’10. “This could be the only opportunity most of us will ever have to work on a case at this high level. It’s a lot of research and a lot of writing, which can be kind of daunting, but it is completely worth it.”
LAW STUDENTS practice their trial advocacy skills in a mock courtroom.
CLINICS Advocacy for the Elderly Appellate Litigation Capital PostConviction Child Advocacy Criminal Defense Employment Law Environmental Law and Conservation Family Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Resource 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 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
CHRIS BROWN ’10 interned with a federal district court judge in Alexandria, Virginia, the summer after his first year in law school. “Watching cases being argued by real attorneys, day after day, brought to life everything I had learned in the basic 1L curriculum, from Civil Procedure to Contracts,” Brown said. “On top of that, the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by a federal judge was invaluable beyond description.” Brown will clerk for Judge Karen Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after law school.
DIANA WIELOCHA ’10 helps demonstrate a polygraph exam during class for the Innocence Project Clinic, launched in 2008. The clinic has already helped free a juvenile from a detention center.
STUDENTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC contributed to a Supreme Court amicus brief submitted by several congressional leaders that supports the right to sue former government officials for acts of torture. The case, Samantar v. Yousef, centered on whether a former Somali official living in the United States could be sued if the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA) shielded him. The court recently ruled unanimously that FSIA does not protect “natural persons” against lawsuits. The clinic consulted on the brief, authored by Sen. Arlen Specter and joined by Sen. Russell Feingold and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee ’75. “Sovereign immunity applies to states and their agents and instrumentalities, but is not meant to reach individuals. So individuals can still be held liable under the Torture Victim Protection Act,” said ALEXA TAYLOR ’11, a student who worked on the issue.
AT VIRGINIA LAW, STUDENTS DESIGN THEIR LEGAL EDUCATION AND THEIR INTELLECTUAL LIFE.
JESSICA CHILDRESS ’10 will clerk for federal district Judge Alexander Williams Jr. in Greenbelt, Maryland. “Virginia Law is the most fantastic place that you could consider studying the law,” she said. “Any UVA Law School student or alumnus can attest to the inviting and intellectually stimulating environment that this law school offers. One rarely finds such a combination, and I have been fortunate to have spent three great years in a place where the students and faculty work hard to maintain a collegial community.”
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
VIRGINIA OFFERS MORE THAN 200 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 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 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 Melbourne Law School, Australia University of Auckland, New Zealand University of Nottingham, England Tel Aviv University Law School, Israel Waseda University, Tokyo Third-year students may obtain a combined degree from University Paris 1 PantheonSorbonne Law School and 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 a January term (one-credit) course abroad.
AN INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITY Virginia gives students the opportunity to network with practicing attorneys and learn about cutting-edge legal issues by hosting a variety of conferences, symposia, lectures and panels. The Conference on Public Service and the Law each year attracts lawyers and students from across the country. Keynote speakers in recent years have included ACLU President Nadine Strossen, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
INVESTIGATING HUMAN RIGHTS ON THE GROUND IN EGYPT Students who participate in the Human Rights Study Project (HRSP) journey abroad to study human rights
issues in foreign countries. This year’s team spent three weeks in Egypt, where members studied issues such as torture and corruption. “Like its neighbors, Egypt faces significant human rights
challenges, ranging from the thousands of Africans fleeing poverty and war to enter Egypt every day, to ensuring its policies comport both with international human rights standards and with Muslim law,”
said HRSP President Daniel Perell ’10. Now in its eighth year, HRSP has sent past members to Cuba, China, Sierra Leone, Syria and Lebanon, India, Uganda and Cambodia.
FACULTY COMMIT TO MORE THAN JUST LEADING CLASSES.
VIRGINIA’S PROFESSORS BUILD INTELLECTUAL AND PERSONAL 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 building 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.
PROFESSORS from Virginia’s undergraduate and graduate business programs [Darden School of Business, right] teach an accounting and corporate finance course that provides a foundation for students participating in the Law & Business Program.
PROFESSOR BRANDON GARRETT’S recent scholarship on postconviction DNA exonerations and the reliability of forensic science has shown fundamental flaws in the criminal justice system and has garnered the attention of Supreme Court justices, who have cited his work several times in the past two years. “We need to embrace changes to our criminal system to facilitate the accurate development of factual evidence at all stages of the process — not just in DNA cases, but in the vast majority of cases in which DNA testing cannot be conducted,” Garrett said. PROFESSOR MARGO BAGLEY is examining whether governments should consider an inventor’s illegal or immoral activities during the creation of an invention before granting a patent or when enforcing a patent. For example, the European Union Biotechnology Directive prohibits patents on industrial uses of human embryos as morally wrong. “We in the United States should care more about these developments abroad because many U.S. applicants seek patents in other countries and global patent harmonization efforts are increasing,” Bagley said. “Considering the legality or moral soundness of invention creation activity may be the right thing to do, but it raises a whole host of concerns.”
SERVING THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Professor Anne Coughlin [above] hosts a graduation party for
several students and their families, one of several prizes offered at the annual public interest auction. Itâ€™s just one of
the many ways students and faculty members work together to advance the goals of the Law School community.
The auction [below] raises about $50,000 each year for students working in public interest jobs over the summer.
PROFESSOR DOUG FORD, Immigration Clinic director, and clinic student JEREMY BLOOR ’09 helped a Columbian immigrant receive legal permanent status in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act.
PROFESSOR FREDERICK SCHAUER was named by National Jurist magazine as one of the three most influential people in legal education. Schauer was cited for his work in the areas of rules and the First Amendment. “A fair amount of my work over the years has been somewhat skeptical about the unqualified celebration and advocacy of free speech,” Schauer said. “Freedom of speech and freedom of the press have important virtues, but they also bring costs, and some of the standard slogans and advocacy deserve a little closer analysis than we have traditionally gotten from much of the free speech culture.”
AFTER LAW SCHOOL, Virginia graduates join the nationâ€™s leading law firms, clerk for federal and state courts and serve in and even establish nationally recognized public interest organizations. Our alumni are leaders in their fields: Virginia is third among national law schools in the number of graduates who are law firm chairpersons and managing partners, according to a survey of 850 U.S. law firms.
GRADUATES ARE READY FOR THEIR CAREERS ON DAY ONE.
“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, NBC Universal Inc.
A NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL SURVEY OF THE TOP 250 NATIONAL law firms’ recent hiring decisions found that Virginia Law ranked fifth in the number of graduates hired in 2009. VIRGINIA IS SECOND ONLY TO HARVARD LAW SCHOOL in the number of alumni serving as general counsel at leading companies. VIRGINIA RANKS SIXTH AMONG LAW SCHOOLS for producing newly hired law teachers, according to the Leiter Report. SERGE MARTYN ’10 will be clerking for Judge Carlos T. Bea on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, after which he plans to work for Davis Polk in New York City. “Virginia Law is an incredible law school that can open numerous career opportunities for you. Before coming to Virginia Law, I never expected to have such an incredible job with one of the best law firms in New York or to have a clerkship in one of the most sought-after courts in the country. Virginia Law has helped me achieve all of my career goals and I will be forever grateful to the Law School for this.”
KATHLEEN HO ’10 secured a job with Latham & Watkins in New York.
TOP JOB LOCATIONS, CLASSES OF 2007-09 Washington, D.C.: 253 New York: 235 California: 77 Atlanta: 49 Chicago: 37 Boston: 36 Richmond: 28 Dallas: 25 Houston: 24 Philadelphia: 24 Charlotte: 18 FIRMS 73% with firms in American Lawyer’s top 100 by gross revenue 11% with firms ranked between 100 and 200 16% smaller firms PUBLIC INTEREST JOBS 31 public interest groups 22 federal government 14 state and local government 16 military CLERKSHIPS 9 U.S. Supreme Court (alumni clerkships, 2006-08) 44 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals 93 U.S. District Courts and other federal courts 12 state courts 1 international court
WHERE GRADUATES GO, 2007-09
CAMPUS RECRUITING FALL 2010 More than 620 employers 6,000 on-campus interviews of secondyear students More than 17 interviews each (secondyear students) FIRST-YEAR SUMMER JOBS More than 97% of the Class of 2011 found lawrelated summer jobs following first year. 19% firms 33% public sector 24% academic 19% judicial 4% corporate 1% other CONTACT: (434) 924-7349 firstname.lastname@example.org www.law.virginia.edu/ career
FIRM: 77% (861) CLERKSHIP: 13% (150) PUBLIC INTEREST: 7% (83) ACADEMIC: 1% (14) CORPORATE: 1% (11)
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 Project, 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 PROJECT 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 PUBLIC SERVICE 2009-10 clerk working in public service for two years. 293 students logged public service hours The Public Interest Law Association provides 13,832 hours logged 8,387 first-year student more than $350,000 annually to law students pro bono hours logged (a record) who accept low-paying or unpaid public 43 third-year law students completed 75 hours service internships during the summer. of pro bono service 27 Class of 2010 graduates employed in public service (as of May 2010) $361,500 in fellowships awarded to 85 students working in public service over the summer 34 students participated in the alternative spring break trip in five cities
SEVERAL members of the Class of 2012 volunteered for community service projects the weekend before orientation.
CONTACT: (434) 924-3883 publicservicelaw@ virginia.edu www.law.virginia.edu/ publicservice
PROGRAM IN LAW AND PUBLIC SERVICE The Law School’s new Program in Law and Public Service offers students faculty mentors, guaranteed funding for summer public service jobs and access to seminars
relating to public service law. Each year 20 first-year students and five second-year students are accepted into the program. The program’s first participants [above] have worked at home and abroad on five
continents, are fluent in numerous foreign languages and have long resumes in volunteer and paid public service positions, including many related to law. “Everyone in the program is just outstanding — I can’t
believe what kind of company I’m in,” said program participant Kate Reynolds ’12. “I feel like we’re going to take over the world and make it better.”
SARA WOOD ’10 was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to advocate for caregivers who take in young relatives who might otherwise end up in foster care. Low-income caregivers are often entitled to public benefits. “A lot of these caregivers are eligible, but there’s not a lot of accurate information available and many are either being improperly denied these benefits or aren’t aware that they are eligible,” Wood said. The fellowship will fund her efforts for two years. “This fellowship will be a launching pad for a career working with disadvantaged children and families,” she said. THE LAW SCHOOL provided more than $361,000 to 85 students working nationwide and internationally in public service jobs during the summer of 2010. NEEPA MEHTA ’11 received a grant from the Law School to work in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Domestic Security Section, where she assisted in the trial of a participant in an international alien smuggling ring. “Alien smuggling prosecution is fascinating because successful prosecution of these criminal travel networks helps safeguard our national security,” Mehta said. “Successful prosecution of the perpetrators of alien smuggling schemes also helps illegal aliens, who often find themselves working in exploitative conditions in order to pay off their debts. In these cases, the line between alien smuggling and human trafficking blurs, and it makes the Domestic Security Section’s work even more essential.”
LAW STUDENTS worked with legal aid clients and immersed themselves in social justice issues in New Orleans, North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia during an alternative spring break program run by the Public Interest Law Association.
YOU’LL FIND A HOME HERE.
ACCESS TO 10 ACADEMIC JOURNALS and 70 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.
A RECORD FIVE Virginia Law students will serve on the National Black Law Students Association board during the 2010-11 school year. Melinda Hightower ’11 [right] will serve as national chair, the organization’s highest position.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS A’Cappellate Opinions ACLU-UVA Law Action for a Better Living Environment American Constitution Society for Law and Policy 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 The Fowler Society First Year Council Feminist Legal Forum 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 Just Democracy Lambda Law Alliance Latin American Law Organization Law Christian Fellowship Law Partners 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 NeW at UVA Law North Grounds Softball League Peer Advisor Program Phi Alpha Delta Pro Bono Criminal Assistance Project Public Interest Law Association
As a law student, JOSE MASINI ’10, a Puerto Rico native, led the Latin American Law Organization and was a team captain on the Extramural Moot Court Team. “You never imagined law school could be so much work, and so much fun,” Masini said of his time at Virginia. Masini secured a job as a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Baltimore.
Rape Crisis Advocacy Project Rappahannock Legal Services Clinic Rex E. Lee Law Society St. Thomas More Society Street Law Student Bar Association Student Legal Forum Students United to Promote Racial Awareness Virginia Animal Law Society Virginia Employment and Labor Law Association
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 Grilling Society Virginia Law Libertarians Virginia Law Rod & Gun Club 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 135,000. 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 Billy Joel, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 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 also features acts such as the Rolling Stones, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band
LAW STUDENTS can take advantage of the Universityâ€™s arts and entertainment scene, from sporting events to concerts and theater venues.
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 include Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber, Sandra Bullock, director Curtis Hanson, Nicolas Cage and Anthony Hopkins.
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