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The University of Virginia School of Law, also known as UVA Law or Virginia Law school was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. It is the fourth oldest law school in the U.S. The law school has many programs and research facilities and offers J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. in law. Virginia Law School has always been among the top ten law schools in the U.S. though its positions vary according to who publishes the ranking report. Nationally, the University of Virginia School of Law has the third highest number of alumni as chairpersons and managing partners in law firms across the nation. According to a recent survey done by the National Law Journal, the University of Virginia School of Law ranked fifth according to the number of graduates recruited by the top 250 firms in the nation. UVA is second only to Harvard in the number of alumni serving as general counsels in Fortune 500 companies.
Throughout the last decade, from 2000 to 2010, Virginia Law School was considered fifth among the nation's law schools in placing law clerks in the United States Supreme Court. Even the hardcore critics of the Princeton Review ranked Virginia Law School as No.1 when it came to “Best Quality of Life” and the 2nd best in the nation in “Classroom Experience.”
The UVA is one of the most selective law schools in the nation and has an average acceptance rate near nine percent. The class of 2013 had a media LSAT score of 170 and median GPA of 3.86.
Virginia Law School receives little public funding except in-state tuition subsidies. As such, the institution depends upon private donors and less open to federal dictates than other law schools. The library at Virginia Law, the Arthur J. Morris Law Library is one of the oldest and biggest among the law school libraries of the nation and has more than 860,000 volumes that also include federal, state and international documents, treaty manuscripts and an online research database.
The law school is well known for its programs like Law & Business, Law & Public Service, Legal & Constitutional History, Criminal Law etcetera including law study programs focused on diversity, environment, animals, intellectual property, environment, immigration and etcetera.
The law school has special programs for students to develop legal writing skills, professional ethics, trial advocacy and public speaking and other profession-oriented practical courses.
UVA has 20 special clinics and more than six study abroad programs ranging from Israel to Tokyo. Third year law students also have the opportunity to go for dual degrees including degrees from University of Paris and other French law programs that allow successful students eligible for the French Bar examination.
In admission processes being early is better, and there is also a binding early-decision program. Applicants can add what they want to say either through personal statements or through addenda to the application.
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