University of Virginia School of Law

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-class law school, consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation.

Degree programs offered include the Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Combined-Degree Programs (J.D.-M.A., J.D.-M.B.A., J.D.-M.U.E.P., J.D.-M.P.H., J.D.-M.S.), and External Combined-Degree Programs.

The Law School offers a combined program with the Darden School of Business that leads to the J.D. and the M.B.A. degrees in four years. It also offers programs in conjunction with the University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences that lead to the J.D. and the Master of Arts degrees.

Concentrations offered include Business Organization and Finance; Commercial Law; Communications and Media Law; Constitutional Law; Criminal Justice; Employment and Labor Law; Environmental and Land Use Law; International and National Security Law; etc.


- 10th among the best law schools in the U.S. News & World Report rankings 2010.

- 9th in the Law Specialty Ranking: Tax Law, 10th in International Law (US News 2009).

- 9th for Best Career Prospects (Princeton Review 2008).

- 5th in The Princeton Review Ranking of Best Law Schools - Best Quality of Life (2008).

- According to a 2005 study that updates the 2003 Leiter Report, it was placed 2nd in overall success in placing graduates at top national law firms.

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