Virginia Accredited Law Schools
1. Appalachian School of Law
The Appalachian School of Law (ASL) was established in 1997. It is fully approved by the ABA. The small size of the law school assures an individualized education. It also creates the opportunity for students to make their own contributions. ASL’s commitment to community service reinforces and gives context to the academic program.
2. George Mason University School of Law
George Mason University School of Law is one of Virginia’s public law schools. It was established by authority of the Virginia General Assembly in 1979. George Mason offers its students numerous opportunities for practical experiences. It is accredited by the ABA. It is a member of the AALS.
3. Liberty University School of Law
Liberty University School of Law is a law school committed to academic and professional excellence. It seeks to produce highly skilled practitioners of law capable of making positive contributions. At Liberty University School of Law, the study of law occurs in the context of history and legal philosophy.
4. Regent University School of Law
Among ABA-approved law schools, Regent University is distinctive because of its integration of Christian principles into the curriculum. The law school is composed of approximately 450 students. The J.D. is a 90 semester-hour program. Students in the full-time program normally complete the J.D. in three years, while part-time students usually complete the J.D. in four years.
5. University of Richmond School of Law
The University of Richmond School of Law was founded in 1870. It is accredited by the ABA and a member of the AALS. The graduates are qualified to seek admission to the bar of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
6. University of Virginia School of Law
The University of Virginia School of Law was founded in 1819. It is one of only two law schools in the country with graduates practicing in each of the nation’s top 100 law firms. The law school is dedicated to upholding Thomas Jefferson’s conviction that lawyers must serve the public interest. The school provides special career counseling and placement assistance, and operates pro bono programs. It also administers a loan assistance and forgiveness program. Faculty is fully committed to teaching, scholarship, and public service.
7. Washington and Lee University School of Law
Washington and Lee University School of Law was founded in 1849. It is located in Lexington, Virginia, a three-hour interstate highway drive from Washington, DC. The School of Law is fully accredited by the ABA. It is a member of the AALS. Washington and Lee provides its students with an academically rigorous and professionally challenging legal education. The school has small classes, a generous student-to-faculty ratio, and a collegial community.
8. William & Mary Law School
William & Mary Law School was established in 1779. It is the nation’s oldest law school. William & Mary is concerned for students’ intellectual development as well as for helping them develop character and values. The school offers a three-year J.D. degree program of full-time study and the joint degrees of Law/Master of Business Administration, Law/Master of Public Policy and Law/Master of Arts in American Studies.