Admission Requirements The Graduate Study Program is designed primarily for graduates of foreign law schools wishing to study U.S. law and legal methods, and for foreign and U.S. law graduates seeking careers in legal education or government service. Admission is limited to qualified students who have proven ability in the study of law.
Applicants to the Program must prepare an application including, among other things, their objectives in pursuing graduate study. For details on what is required to apply, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies, University of Virginia School of Law, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, or access the Law School Web site at www.law.virginia.edu/graduatestudies.
Foreign students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Such students are required to submit results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam as part of their complete application. For details regarding this requirement, including the minimum scores the graduate program looks for, see the Law School Web site.
All graduate students are normally admitted initially as candidates for the LL.M. degree. To be considered for S.J.D. candidacy, students must hold an LL.M. from a U.S. school or have taught or practiced for some time. Students who do not hold an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia must also spend a year in residence before final admission to the S.J.D. program. Admission to candidacy for the S.J.D. degree does not follow automatically from admission to the graduate program, but depends upon the judgment of the candidate’s qualifications by the graduate committee.
Application Deadline Applications must be received by February 1. However, candidates are strongly advised to submit their applications earlier in the fall semester.
Financial Aid Financial Aid is based on merit and need. LL.M. students may compete for financial aid awards which are normally granted for one year and are limited in number.