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Virginia Law

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2017 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Softball
Guest Speakers
Foxfields
Bowties
Popped collars
Famous professors
Charlottesville (!!)

Downers

course selection can be super important to beat the curve and is based on a lot of inside-baseball and not a lot of transparency

Comments

Definitely visit!! Virginia's campus is incredible and a major selling point - it's the only top law school outside a major metropolitan area which can be a major draw for a certain type of student.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great place to begin your legal career

5.0 of 5 stars

January 2016 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

more laid back atmosphere than most top law schools; collegial culture; professors take an active interest in students

Downers

sometimes could be a bit too fratty; some class sizes were pretty big

Comments

Loved my experience at the school. Charlottesville is also a great college town in which to go to law school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

fratty

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

smart people, super professors, good support, good social events, collegial atmosphere

Downers

fratty, too many men, it is relatively conservative, ugly school

Comments

Make sure you like to drink or have solid hobbies outside of the law school

Would You Recommend

Yes

Very Good

4.0 of 5 stars

July 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Easy to make friends, Great professors, Accessible Career Services, The professors are accessible and very good teachers, career services is very accessible and knowledgeable and very willing to help, the school has an environment where it is very easy to make friends, spurred on by programs that help this, the scholarship opportunities are very good for those who get them.

Downers

Lots of negative publicity lately, ATL likes to write bad things about the school, Career services isn't the most clear on how to go about the job search unless you go talk to them one on one so it can feel overwhelming, tuition keeps rising, and I feel like there is inconsistent grading by different professors.

Comments

Charlottesville is a great city, good night life and lots of active stuff to do, I hear a low percentage of people get scholarships, building is kind of drab, the JAG school is right next door, which is cool.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great law school, collegial atmosphere

5.0 of 5 stars

June 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

It is a very collegial atmosphere which is strongly encouraged by the faculty, peer advisors and the administration in general. They are also very generous about providing scholarships to students. The school also has a very strong alumni base.

Downers

The school really needs to work on its diversity. It is much less diverse than other top schools, and does not have a strong community for liberal students.

Comments

It is a great school, but if you are a minority you need to understand that UVA has not done the best job at fostering a great environment for you.

Would You Recommend

Yes

All the Trappings of a Top School With a High Quality of Life

5.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Charlottesville. Excellent professors. The hilarious Libel Show. The collegiality of the students. The jobs students recieve

Downers

The "North Ground Softball League" attitude (held my a small number of students). The lack of interaction with other graduate programs.

Comments

UVa Law is an exception place to get a legal education. The students are smart, but not so competitive that the atmosphere is unpleasant. You have all the exit opportunities into firms, the government, or clerkships that you could want but get there by spending three awesome years in Charlottesville.

Would You Recommend

Yes

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The professors are phenomenal, and extremely accessible. I have found that there are definitely more classes that I want to take than time to take them! The school offers fantastic clinical programs as well, and there are a great number of clubs and organizations for legal and non-legal oriented activities. There are some great dual degree and study abroad programs. While the students are competitive, the atmosphere still remains very collegial.

Quality of Life

Friendly, social, great campus. I would not recommend another law school for people who want to obtain a difficult degree in a collegial environment.

Admissions

The application to UVA is similar to that of many other law schools; it requires the same general essay and documents. I found, however, that the school was more responsive than most to helping me determine a financial aid package, and I was able to obtain a good scholarship as well.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Quality of Life

QOL is amazing at UVA. Cost of living is reasonable, grounds are gorgeous and safe, and weather generally is nice. People genuinely seem to be happy here. You couldn't pick a better place to spend 3 years than Charlottesville and UVA Law.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

We have many prestigious scholars who are also good teachers - a rare combination. Class sizes range from large lectures (which you sometimes want) to many smaller seminars (only 12-15 students). Of course there are some duds, but you can pretty much avoid them, because we have open access to class evaluations. Professors are on the whole available and willing to answer questions or just talk about life and career choices. Definitely a good mix of theory-type and practical-type classes, with a fair amount of clinic opportunities. If research is your thing, many opportunities for independent study supported by professors.

Quality of Life

The cost of living is great - but then, I came from Manhattan. The campus is beautiful, the town is lovely but has what you need, with surprisingly good restaurants. The library is great; the entire school is really beautiful. My apartment is a ten-minute walk from school. Fifteen minutes, and you're in rural hills, a bit longer, and you're in the mountains. Can't beat that.

Admissions

I was surprised that the financial aid was as competitive as it was. Definitely made the decision easier.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The classes and professors are extremely engaging. Classmates are intelligent and hardworking, but not at all competitive. The environment is extremely collegial, with cooperation the norm and jerky gunners the very rare exception.

Quality of Life

The facilities at the school are top-notch, from the classrooms, which feature computers and projectors, to the moot courtrooms, which all contain state of the art electronics. Charlottesville is a wonderful community, and the residents really embrace the school and the students here.

Admissions

Standard application process with LSAT and one personal statement-type essay. All students are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities, so there are no additional application requirements for those.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

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