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The University of Virginia School of Law (Virginia Law) was founded in Charlottesvillemarker in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his "academical village," the University of Virginiamarker. The law school maintains an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students in its initial degree program (the Juris Doctor or J.D.). It also offers the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and the Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) degrees.

According to U.S. News the school's reputation is solidified as Top 14 (also known as a T-14 school) and has recently enjoyed consistent appearances in the prestigious "Top 10" U.S. News & World Report rankings (UVA dropped out of the Top 10 once in 1994, when it was ranked 14th). Currently, U.S. News ranks Virginia Lawmarker 10th, tied with Northwesternmarker and regional peer Duke. According to Brian Leiter's Law School rankings, Virginia Law ranks 17th in the nation in terms of scholarly impact as measured by academic citations of its faculty. [125678] And in terms of overall student numerical quality, Virginia Law ranks 8th in the nation. [125679]

The 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 Administrationmarker 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.[125680]


Virginia Law is among the most selective law schools in the nation. For the 2007-2008 entering class, 24% of applicants were accepted with a class median LSAT score of 170 and median GPA of 3.76. [125681] Emphasizing its role as a public institution, Virginia Law reserves 40% of the seats in each first-year class for Virginia residents (comprised mostly of graduates from UVAmarker and The College of William and Marymarker).

Student organizations

The Law School maintains an extensive roster of student organizations, including chapters of the Federalist Society, the American Constitution Society and the Saint Thomas More Society.

The Virginia Law Weekly, the Law School's student-run weekly newspaper, has been published since 1948. The paper has been cited in several court cases including the U.S.marker Supreme Courtmarker case Patterson v. New York. In addition to its news content, the VLW also contains student-submitted content which often includes humor and creative pieces. The Law Weekly has won the American Bar Association's previous three "Best Newspaper Awards," in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Each spring over a hundred students write, direct and perform in The Libel Show, a comedy and musical theatre production that was first organized in 1904. Its performers roast Law School professors, student stereotypes and life in Charlottesville throughout each of its three nightly showings. Professors write and sing their response to the students' jokes at the penultimate performance.

Law journals

The Law School is host to nine academic journals, including the Virginia Law Review, one of the most cited law journals in the country:

Notable Virginia Law graduates






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