Among the original schools contemplated in
Mr. Jefferson's plan for the organization of the University of
Virginia was "Law: Municipal and Foreign, Embracing the General
Principles, Theory and Practice of Jurisprudence, together with
the Theory and Principles of Constitutional Government." Accordingly,
the Law School was established with the opening of the University
in 1825 and has been an integral part of the University since
Located on the North Grounds, along with the
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the Judge
Advocate General's School, the Law School features new classrooms,
seminar rooms, and moot courtrooms. The law Grounds also include
comprehensive computer facilities; an expanded library with a
magnificent three-story reading room; a large career services
complex; attractive offices for student organizations; and numerous
student lounges. Surrounded by inviting gardens and an elegant,
tree-lined lawn, the setting reflects Jefferson's conviction that
locating an intellectual community within a beautiful environment
fosters learning and personal growth.
As of 2000-01, the J.D. student body is composed
of 1,064 students from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, and three foreign countries. They hold undergraduate or
graduate degrees from approximately 285 colleges and universities.
The teaching faculty includes over 60 full-time members who have
been educated at this and the country's other major law schools
and who bring to Virginia wide experience in education, private
legal practice, and government service. Their offerings are supplemented
by several dozen distinguished adjunct faculty drawn from private
practice, government agencies, and the judiciary.
The Law School is justly famous for the collegial
environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction
is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools.
Intellectual challenges are complemented by a spirit of cooperation
and camaraderie. Small first-year sections promote individual
inquiry while providing support and friendship. Students read
each other's work and learn together, freely share course outlines
and other materials, and rely on the honor system to maintain
the highest ethical standards.
Intellectual rigor, dynamic teaching, and
rich diversity of courses distinguish the Virginia curriculum.
The Law School fosters creative scholarship in all aspects of
law, blending skilled craftsmanship with an enlarged understanding
of law's changing functions in contemporary society. At Virginia,
law in its origins, impact, implications, and full range of possibilities
is analyzed and debated in classes, workshops, lecture programs,
student organizations, and faculty-student informal exchanges.
Faculty meet with and mentor students, exploring ideas and fostering
understanding and creative scholarship. Interdisciplinary thinking
comes naturally at Virginia, with a third of the faculty holding
advanced degrees in fields such as psychology, economics, philosophy,
history, medicine, and the social study of science and technology.
The Arthur J. Morris Law Library, with more
than 800,000 volumes, is one of the largest law libraries in the
country. While its primary mission is to support the Law School's
faculty and student body, it also provides service to the University
and the legal community beyond the University. As a member of
a global community of research organizations, it links the Law
School to local, national, and international information sources.
It is an instructional unit within the Law School responsible
for teaching techniques of effective legal research and publishing
materials that assist the researcher in understanding legal bibliography.
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22903-1789