University of Virginia

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580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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The School of Law at University of Virginia has an application deadline of March 31. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at University of Virginia is $80. Its tuition is full-time: $47,900 per year (in-state) and full-time: $52,900 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 11.3:1. The School of Law at University of Virginia has 167 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Like all the academic departments at the University of Virginia, the School of Law operates on a strict, student-run honor system. Students pledge not to lie, cheat or steal, and anyone found guilty by a peer jury is expelled from the school. Each class has about 350 students, and the student body has slightly more males than females. Students can earn joint degrees, such as a J.D. and an MBA through the Darden School of Business in four years.

Students can tailor their education at special school institutes like the Center for Oceans Law and Policy and the Center for National Security Law. Thanks to a $1 million gift from former "The Price is Right" host and animal rights advocate Bob Barker, the school has an animal law program. There are more than 60 on-campus organizations to check out, and students can test their legal skills in about 20 hands-on clinics.

Students can study the law abroad during in their second and third years, either through a semester exchange program in countries including New Zealand, Germany, Israel and England. Third year students can earn a dual degree from France’s  Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Law School and Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) and can sit for the French bar exam. There is limited on-campus housing for law students, and most choose to live elsewhere in Charlottesville, Va.

Notable alumni of UVA Law School include Janet Napolitano, former U.S. secretary of homeland security, and Will Shortz, New York Times crossword puzzle editor.

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Year founded 1819
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 31
Full-time program application fee $80
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (434) 924-7351
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 167
Student-faculty ratio 11.3:1
Total faculty 173

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 1,048
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 364


Tuition and fees

full-time: $47,900 per year (in-state)
full-time: $52,900 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $12,210


Employed at graduation2 97.5%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $53,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 803,377

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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