Learning Beyond the Classroom
In addition to our outstanding curriculum, opportunities for practical experience, and expert faculty, Richmond Law offers enriching learning experiences and unique opportunities for academic success.
Journals & Student Publications
Our student-run law journals publish cutting-edge articles by the nation’s leading academics. Our students also have the opportunity to author or co-author law review and journal articles, and our students collaborate with faculty on research for articles, casebooks, and treatises.
The library houses more than 460 study carrels, and all Richmond Law students are assigned a carrel equipped with a lockable cabinet, light, storage shelf, coat hook, two electrical outlets, and an Internet connection.
At Richmond Law, there are numerous advocacy and lawyering competitions, all of which are organized through student-run competition boards: Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Client Counseling and Negotation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. There are opportunities for 1Ls to compete for membership and participate in both internal and external competitions.
Pro Bono Service
Pro bono public (“for the public good”) work is an integral part of what it means to be an attorney. The School of Law offers a variety of pro bono opportunities that employ the diverse skills and interests of our student body. Whether it is helping a victim of domestic violence obtain a protective order, or assisting a non-profit organization with its incorporation, our students have the opportunity to experience a service-based legal education.
Leaders in the Law
Richmond Law attracts exceptional visitors, speakers, and adjunct faculty. In recent years, our visitors have included three Supreme Court Justices, along with top officials from the United Nations, World Bank, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of State. Our adjunct faculty include a U.S. Senator, state and federal judges, prosecutors and public defenders, and leading lawyers and government officials.
Our extended facilities at UR Downtown are in the heart of Richmond, adjacent to the federal courthouse, Capitol Square, City Hall, and the biotech district. The law school’s Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service and Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic are housed here, and the café and First Fridays arts events are magnets for students who are working downtown.
Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Institute
"For such a small law school, I'm constantly impressed by how much is going on and how many opportunities there are for learning about interesting topics both in and out of the classroom. Every time I turn around there's something else-a speaker, a moot court competition, a new issue of one of our many student-run journals, a symposium or conference, a debate. For someone who loves to study important issues of law and public policy, it's like being a kid in a candy store."
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Placement Program
"One of my favorite things about teaching at the University of Richmond Law School is the students. They are intellectually curious and passionate about the law. Although they have differing backgrounds and a wide range of interests, I have been impressed by how many are committed to serving others and improving the legal system. Our law school community is a close-knit one that values each person as an individual. The law school also offers an exciting, creative learning environment where ideas are explored daily."
Professor of Law
"Our professors have national recognition for their expertise and scholarship in their fields. One thing that attracted me to Richmond Law was that this expertise helps make our faculty better teachers and our classes more informative. Faculty members translate their knowledge directly to the classroom setting and take advantage of our school's relatively small size to help students understand cutting-edge developments in the law."
Professor of Law
"One of the many things that distinguishes Richmond Law from other schools (and one of the many reasons I enjoy teaching here) is the genuine affection the faculty and students have for each other. We admit fantastic students and we take a personal interest not only in developing them professionally, but also in getting to know them as individuals. This creates a uniquely enriching experience all the way around."
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