UVA Law School

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The University of Virginia School of Law was founded in Charlottesville in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his "academical village," the University of Virginia. The Law School maintains an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students in its initial degree program. The school's reputation as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation is reflected by its perennial appearance among the "top ten" in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, where it is currently ranked 10th. The Law School receives no funding from public coffers except for in-state student tuition subsidies. Thus, the Law School depends upon the largesse of private donors, its substantial endowment and student tuition payments. In 1995-1997, the Law School used entirely donated funds to renovate and expand its buildings on the University's North Grounds to include the former facilities of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration which built a new campus several hundred yards away. The Law School's 51% alumni giving rate is among the highest of the nation's law schools.

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UVA Law School Admissions

UVA Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 21% of its applicants. Comparatively, Uva is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 4552 918 (20.17%) 304 (6.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.59 3.86 3.94
LSAT 163 168 170

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $54,000 $57,000
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $21,323
  • Living off-campus: $21,323
  • Living at home: $21,323

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/01
  • Application Fee: $80

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UVA Law School Community

UVA Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Uva is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 80
  • Part Time: 113


  • # Female Faculty: 57
  • # Minority Faculty: 15


11.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

UVA Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UVA Law School 1L section size is 53% larger than law schools in Virginia and 49% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UVA Law School: 260
Virginia Average: 123
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 966
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 198

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 54
  • Law Journals: 696
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 2.6%
  • Second Year: 0.3%
  • Third Year: 0.3%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UVA Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UVA Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 97% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 89.4%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 61.0%
  • Business: 4.0%
  • Government: 11.0%
  • Public Interest: 5.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • New York: 20%
  • District of Columbia: 19%
  • Virginia: 15%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 89.4%
  • First Time Takers: 329
  • Average School: 93.5%
  • Average State: 75.6%
  • Pass Difference: 18.0%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 99 of 101 (98.0%)
  • State Average: 75.6%
  • Difference: 19.4%