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« on: October 17, 2005, 07:53:30 AM »
Not a lot of discussion about U-VA, which seems odd...

Does anyone care to comment on the school? I was ready to totally disregard it as part of my search, but then I visited the campus and...WOW!!! The campus itself was gawg-eous, the people were decent (not UT friendly, but decent enough by east coast standards), and the law school was ginormous.

Overall, equally as impressive as Columbia, but bigger...
One of my main questions though, and one I didn't get to ask because of the dearth of minority students, but the school has recently had some problems with racism on campus, and I'm wondering if anybody can comment on the environment at the law school itself.


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Re: U-VA?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005, 11:52:41 PM »
Well, I'm a 1L there, so hopefully that qualifies me a bit :)

As far as general comments, where to start... The quality of teaching is better than I had expected (hearing it to be great coming in), small sections (~32people) are great as far as getting to know people, unlike the general 70-130 student sections elsewhere. As you point out, the campus, what can really be said?

As far as the minority viewpoint, I would not really be the best person to ask about that. But as far as I can tell, there haven't been any problems at the law school itself; on the other hand, I came from an UG with almost no A-A population, so maybe I am missing things?
The racist incidents have all occured on main grounds; many of the students and professors at the law school have been outspoken against these acts.

Keep posting here or send me a PM if you have any other questions about UVa. I'm on fall break for the next couple days and am trying to keep from studying ;)


Re: U-VA?
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2005, 09:50:12 AM »
I finished my undergrad there May/2005, I'll offer what I can ...

Regarding the school, I think UVA's a community that's very wrapped up in itself, though not in a bad way.  All over the place, people are surprised at the various schools' high rankings (undergrad, darden, law school, even football -- go Hoos!), but down in cville this isn't the case.  Regardless of where students have done undergrad/post-grad, my experience is if they've been a part of the UVA community, it's a source of tremendous pride for them (i know of a uva undergrad who didn't get into uva law and went to michigan law disappointed -- i'm sure this is very surprising for the majority of pre-law ppl).  Still, all this enthusiasm has stayed very much within the community, and it seems to me that UVA schools have stayed relatively under the radar when compared with schools of similar rankings.  The uva brandname is of course regarded highly in particular fields (wall street, law firms), but it certainly doesn't have the general lay-person recognition that a berkeley has.

About the racism incidents (and I'm a minority), bruin04 was right that they occurred on central grounds w/in the undergrad community.  As a southern state school (and I mean no offense to southerners), there is historical southern/white tradition.  We had an incident my second year with an attack on a black student-govt candidate (a friend of mine), and the school united in its outrage.  I've heard the same happened with the recent incidents ...

I don't think any of this really impacts the law school much, as (from what I remember living in north grounds near the law school) it's pretty insulated and doesn't have that same "southern tradition" as the UG school. Seems that alot of law schools differe tremendously in culture from their UG schools (Vandy) ... still the enthusiasm within the law school is definitely there.