ABA Required Disclosures

This page offers information and links to information posted throughout our website to increase the ease with which prospective students may access the consumer information required by Standard 509 of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The University of Richmond School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.

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  • 2020 Standard 509 Information Report
  • Distance Education

    In order to respond to the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, the University of Richmond School of Law has received from the ABA a variance that permits students to exceed, if necessary, the limits on distance education imposed by Standard 306. That Standard limits distance education courses to no more one third of the credits required for the J.D. degree with no more than 10 credits in the first year. This variance applies only to the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Cost of Attendance, Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Refund Policies

    Cost of Attendance

    Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Other Financial Support

    Conditional Scholarships

    Beginning with the class entering in 2012, there are no conditional scholarships at Richmond Law. Scholarships are awarded when a student enters the first year of law school, and scholarship assistance in the student’s second and third year will continue in the amount originally awarded, provided the student is in good standing and meets the standards on Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    Students Matriculating In # Entering with Conditional Scholarships # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Been Reduced or Eliminated
    2020 0 0
    2019 0 0
    2018 0 0
    2017 0 0
    2016 0 0

    Refund Policy

    All financial aid except Federal Work Study is credited directly to the student’s account, at the beginning of the term, once the student has submitted all required forms and met all requirements for the aid. Aid for the academic year is split evenly between fall and spring terms. If the amount of financial aid exceeds your billable charges at Richmond, then you are eligible for a refund. The Student Accounts Office will automatically generate a refund for a credit balance caused by Federal financial aid within fourteen days of the actual disbursement date. Any other credit balances will remain on your account unless you request a refund from the Student Accounts Office.

  • Class Sizes and Offerings

    Typical first-year section size: 49

    Number of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum: 134

    Number of upper division classroom course sections

    • Under 25: 152
    • 25-49: 16
    • 50-74: 6
    • 75-99: 2
    • 100+: 0

    Number of positions available in simulation courses: 823

    Number of simulation positions filled: 517

    Number of seminar positions filled: 166

    Number of law clinics: 10

    Number of seats available in the law clinics: 79

    Number of seats filled in the law clinics: 71

    Number of students who participated in law journals: 147

    Number of students who participated in interschool skills competitions: 54

    Number of credit hours required to graduate: 87

  • Faculty and Administrators

    Student/faculty ratio: 4.97:1

    Full-time faculty (fall): 54

    Part-time faculty (fall): 87

    Administrators: 8

  • Curriculum and Academic Requirements
  • Library Resources
  • Facilities

    The University of Richmond School of Law building is located on the main campus of the University of Richmond. It was constructed in the 1950s and has undergone several major expansions and renovations. The facility has wireless internet access; state-of-the-art classrooms and Moot Courtroom; clinical, faculty, and administrative offices; student lounges; and offices for student organizations and journals.

    Library Facilities

    Mulitmedia, Accessibility, and Classroom Data

  • Employment Outcomes and Bar Passage Data

    Employment Outcomes

    • Class of 2020Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org. 

    Bar Passage Rates

    • 2020, Virginia First-Time Takers: 95.59%, 65/68
    • 2019, Virginia First-Time Takers: 86.42%, 70/81
    • 2018, Virginia First-Time Takers: 80.17%, 93/116
    • 2017, Virginia First-Time Takers: 72.38%, 76/105
    • 2016, Virginia First-Time Takers: 86.61%, 110/127
    • 2015, Virginia First-Time Takers: 79.8%, 91/114
    • 2014, Virginia First-Time Takers, 85.8%, 109/127

    Complete Bar Passage Data

  • Transfer Policies
  • Learning Outcomes

    In accordance with ABA Standards 301 and 302, the Law School has established the following five learning outcomes for its JD program:

    1. Students will be able to effectively research legal issues and write coherent analyses of those issues using proper citation format.
    2. Students will be able to analyze legal problems by considering critical facts, relevant law, and policy implications where applicable.
    3. Students will demonstrate substantive knowledge of legal doctrine, including competency in the following core curricular areas: constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, evidence, property, and torts.
    4. Students will demonstrate professional skills in the conduct of litigation and courtroom advocacy.
    5. Students will demonstrate competency in the exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system.