Educating Legal Scholars

Educating Legal Scholars

Students at Virginia Law benefit from courses and opportunities that prepare them for academic careers or to practice law at the highest levels of the profession.


Among Virginia's 250 courses each year, several classes help students refine advanced writing and skills that aid in the process of academic legal work or other kinds of advanced practice, such as appellate litigation.

Sample Courses (All Courses)
Advanced Legal Research 
Advanced Topics in the First Amendment 
Advanced Topics in the Law of War
American Legal Realism
Class Actions and Complex Litigation
Constitutional History I: American Revolution to 1865 
Constitutional History II: The 20th Century
Contemporary Political Theory
Corporate Finance
Corporate Strategy
Criminal Law in the Supreme Court
Current Issues in Corporate Law and Governance
Current Issues in International Financial Regulation
Empirical Methods in the Law
Expertise, Science and the Law of Evidence
First Amendment Theory
Law and Game Theory 
Habeas Corpus
Issues in Criminal Law Theory
Judicial Decision-Making
Law and Economics Colloquium
Law and Literature
Legal Process: Basic Problems
Monetary Constitution 
Plea Bargaining 
Property Theory
Quantitative Methods 
Religion, Democracy and Law
Rescue, Charity and Justice
Social and Legal History
Social Science in Law
Supreme Court Justices and the Art of Judging
Topics in Corporate Governance
Tort Theory
Trade Secrets: History, Theory and Practice 
Urban Law and Policy

Clinics (All Clinics
Appellate Litigation Clinic 
Supreme Court Litigation Clinic 


From 2005 to today, Virginia Law is fourth after Harvard, Yale and Stanford in the number of alumni who have clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court. More

Dual-Degree Programs

Virginia promotes interdisciplinary scholarship through the option to earn advanced degrees in a number of fields, including English, government/foreign affairs, history, philosophy, public policy, business, urban and environmental planning, public health and accounting. The Law School also offers several external dual-degree programs in conjunction with other universities. More

Scholarly Workshops

Students in some courses are invited to attend workshops in which faculty from UVA Law and across the country present their works in progress on cutting-edge legal topics. In the workshop series sponsored by the Program on Legal and Consitutional History, students in the dual J.D.-master's in history program can present their own work for feedback from faculty and their peers.

UVA Law Workshop Series

Path to higher education

Forging a Path in Legal Education

Leslie Kendrick ’06 was studying and teaching Renaissance English literature at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship when she realized she wanted to go to law school.

“One thing I really appreciated about law was that it was a really big tent,” she said. “You never knew where that degree was going to take you.”

Kendrick’s path through law school, and those of her colleagues and fellow faculty members, offer a map to understanding how the school helps develop interested students into academics, and faculty into leaders in their fields. The key landmarks of the journey include opportunities to write and clerk, mentoring and support from faculty, the camaraderie of the student body, and the faculty’s commitment to fostering a stimulating intellectual community.