University of Virginia School of Law

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Founded 1819 | ABA Accredited 1923

The University of Virginia School of Law was founded in 1819 by the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Located in picturesque Charlottesville, VA, Virginia Law is consistently ranked among the top ten law schools in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. The school places an emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of law and students are encouraged to think about the law in the context of other disciplines. Virginia Law often attracts well-rounded law students with Top 10-caliber academic backgrounds who nevertheless want a relaxed, non-competitive academic experience with a strong social component. Virginia Law has a strong and well-earned reputation for its collegial atmosphere in which “intellectual challenges are met in a spirit of cooperation. Small first-year sections promote individual inquiry while providing support and friendship. Students learn together, reading each other’s work and freely sharing course outlines and other materials, confidently relying on the student-run Honor System to maintain the highest ethical standards.” (Virginia Law Website)


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Anne Richard


"The reputation of UVA Law remains strong and our alumni network is large and rabidly loyal. As a result, our students and graduates continue..." - Anne Richard - Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, UVA Law

December 18, 2012 \ Anne Richard received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a founding editor of the Yale Journal of Regulation. After law school, Dean Richard had a truly remarkable career in private practice – as a partner at Virginia’s Hazel & Thomas (which has since been acquired by Reed Smith) and as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2006, Dean Richard joined the George Washington University School of Law as the Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid after first holding that position at George Mason University School of Law. In 2011, Dean Richard moved to University of Virginia School of Law, where she now serves as Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions.

AD Dean Richard, I know that this is a very busy time of year for you. Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today and answer some questions applicants might have about admissions to, or life at, UVA Law
AR It’s my pleasure to talk with you.
AD I had the pleasure of interviewing you a few years back when you were at GWU Law – I think you were actually my second interview! How has the move to Charlottesville treated you?
AR I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work at first-tier law schools and with incredibly talented people. I joined the staff at UVA Law on July 1, 2011 and have found UVA and Charlottesville to be even more wonderful than I expected. Our Dean, Paul Mahoney, actually was a classmate of mine at Yale Law School. He is a great guy. He not only is a brilliant scholar but also is very engaged with our students and in the daily life of the law school. In fact, Dean Mahoney teaches contracts to a large section of 1L students each fall.

One thing that has impressed me most about UVA Law is the close interaction between faculty and students, not only in the academic setting, but also socially. This is an extremely close-knit, welcoming and warm community. Our students really do enjoy the law school experience in Charlottesville and I believe UVA Law’s reputation for offering students the best quality of life is well-deserved.
AD I feel compelled to note for our readers that your personal and professional accomplishments before working in law school admissions are truly remarkable. Can you briefly describe what prompted you to leave legal practice . . . and whether you ever miss it?
AR I enjoyed my work as an associate and partner in a large law firm, as well as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice. As a litigator, I was exposed to many different substantive areas of the law – labor and civil rights, business contracts, securities, bankruptcy, etc. I worked long hours and was truly excited by the constant intellectual challenge. I left practice to embark upon a new adventure in higher ed administration and for a change of lifestyle.

I do not really miss practicing law because I continue to feel very connected in my work in law school admissions. And my husband and daughter are practicing attorneys, so there is plenty of law-related conversation in our home. I am proud to be an attorney and always will be an attorney. I now have been in law school admissions for 15 years and also have done some teaching. My work in this arena with prospective and current students is extremely rewarding. As a recruiter, I am able to provide information about something I truly believe in – a legal career. And, having worked as a practicing attorney for many years, both in the private and public sectors, I feel that I have a great deal to share in terms of first-hand experience.
AD Okay, enough of the strolling down memory lane -- are you ready for some hard questions?
AR Sure. Bring them on!


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