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University of Richmond School of Law
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The University of Richmond School of Law (T.C. Williams School of Law) is located in Richmond, Virginia. The Law School is fully accredited by the recognized standardizing agencies in the United States.
Richmond law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools; it is on the approved lists of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Board of Bar Examiners; and its Juris Doctor degree is fully accredited by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Although each state has its own requirements for admission to the bar, a law degree from the Law School qualifies the holder to seek admission to the bar in any state in the nation and in the District of Columbia.
The University of Richmond campus can be found on 350 acres located about six miles west of the center of the city of Richmond, Virginia.
Past and Present
The school was founded in 1870 as a college within the University of Richmond. In 1890, the family of the late T.C. Williams, a devoted and valued trustee, donated $ 25,000 as the nucleus of an endowment for the law school. In recognition of this gift, the school was named The T.C. Williams School of Law in 1920, its official name to this day.
In 1914, Richmond College, including its Law Department, moved from its location downtown to the present campus. Returning service men from World War I created space problems for the College and the Law Department had to be relocated in the old Columbia Building at Grace and Lombardy streets. In 1920, the Law Department was reorganized as a separate School of Law within what was now the University of Richmond.
The current Law School building, constructed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style, was originally opened in 1954, and it was enlarged in 1972 and 1981. In 1991, the building was significantly expanded, renovated, and refurbished. The Law School building now provides modern and technologically equipped classrooms, seminar rooms, an expansive law library, a beautiful moot courtroom, faculty and administrative offices, faculty and student lounges, and offices for most student organizations.
The Richmond School of Law was tied for 77th in the most recent ranking of law schools by U.S. News and World Report. The school has approximately 500 students, but plans to expand that number to 600 within the next few years, and is in the process of hiring between ten and twelve new faculty members. The school currently has a student to faculty ratio of 18:1.
Plans are underway for yet another addition to the law school, to be named in honor of the late Robert R. Merhige, Jr, a 1942 alumnus of Richmond Law. The Merhige Building addition will house new classrooms and seminar rooms, office space for new faculty and concentration programs, and communal study space for students.
City of Richmond
Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a city of more than 200,000, with a metro population of more than one million. The Virginia General Assembly holds its annual sessions downtown at a capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson. The Supreme Court of Virginia, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit also hold regular terms here. In addition, the State Corporation Commission, the Industrial Commission, and many federal administrative agencies hold hearings in the city. Washington, D.C., home to the United States Supreme Court, is only a two-hour drive from Richmond. The school's proximity to the capitals of both Virginia and the United States give students "unsurpassed opportunities for observation of the legal process". 
Richmond law has recently launched several new initiatives focusing on expanding areas of the law such as intellectual property, wrongful convictions and family law. The school is making a strong push to become a center for intellectual property law, as evidenced by the recent founding of the Intellectual Property Institute (IPI) and the offering of a joint degree program with Virginia Tech that will enable students to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a law degree in as little as six years’ time. Through the IPI, Richmond law students are able to obtain a certificate of concentration in Intellectual Property Law.
The Institute for Actual Innocence, founded in 2005, works to identify and exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Institute is an academic program that partners students with local attorneys and community leaders to seek post-conviction relief for wrongfully convicted prisoners in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Furthermore, the school is working to establish the The National Center for Family Law, which will serve the best interests of families and children through academic and service programs dedicated to enhancement of the quality of the American legal system in relation to family law.
Sampling of Student Organizations
- ABA Law Student Division
- Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Law Students and Supporters
- American Constitution Society
- Black Law Students Association
- Children's Law Center
- Christian Legal Society
- Client Counseling and Negotiation
- Environmental Law Society
- Equality Alliance
- Federalist Society
- Health Law Forum
- Hispanic Community Legal Liaison Association
- International Law Students Association
- Juris Publici
- Latino Law Association
- Law Review
- Law Students for Choice
- Law Students for Life
- Moot Court Board
- Non-Traditional Law Student Association
- Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International
- Public Interest Law Association (PILA)
- Richmond Law & Technology Association
- Sports and Entertainment Law Society
- Street Law Program
- Student Bar Association
- Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA)
- Trial Advocacy Board
- Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division
- Women's Law Student Association (WLSA)
In addition, Richmond publishes four scholarly legal journals: the flagship University of Richmond Law Review, the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, and the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, as well as Juris Publici, the law school's student newspaper. Recently, Juris Publici launched its own blogto keep students and visitors updated on news and events at the school.
First year schedule
First year students at Richmond law are divided into three sections. In their first semester, 1L students take Torts, Property, Civil Procedure, and Legal Writing and Research/Law skills I. Second semester includes Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Law Skills II, and a choice between Environmental Law, Corporations, Family Law or Intellectual Property.
- Robert Bork - Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Constitutional Law, Supreme Court Justice Nominee, Solicitor General, Professor at Yale Law of future President of the United States Bill Clinton
- Ronald J. Bacigal - Specializes in criminal law and procedure. He also serves as Reporter of Criminal Decisions for the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
- W. Clark Williams, Jr. - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law; Executive Director, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; Reporter, Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, DeNovo Revision Advisory Comm., Supreme Court of Virginia
- Hon. Donald W. Lemons - Supreme Court of Virginia, Justice, 2000-present; Court of Appeals of Virginia, Judge,1998-2000; Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, Judge, 1995-98; John Marshall Professor of Judicial Studies
- W. Hamilton Bryson - Virginia procedure and legal history. He is the Blackstone Professor of Law.
- John G. Douglass - Criminal Law & Procedure; Evidence; He also serves as Director of the lawyering skills program;Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of Criminal Section; Office of Independent Counsel for the Iran/Contra Investigation, 1987-90, Associate Counsel.
- Kelli A. Alces -Corporations, The Elder Law Journal, Articles Editor, Gardner, Carton & Douglas (Sept. 2005-May 2006) – Chicago, Illinois
- W. Wade Berryhill - Environmental Law; Environmental Law & Policy; Land Use Planning; Ocean and Coastal Law; Real Estate Transactions; Real Property; Secured Creditors.
- Carl Tobias - torts and constitutional law. Professor Tobias is a prolific scholar and has been quoted by numerous newspapers across the country. He serves as the Williams Professor of Law.
- Mary L. Heen - taxation, corporate and federal tax. Currently serves as general counsel to the American Association of University Professors.
- Kelly H. Bartges Director of the Delinquency Clinic, Children and the law
- John Paul Jones- Clerk for the Honorable David Schwartz of the United States Court of Claims, Naval Flight Officer, He is twice a graduate of the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and a designated Tactical Action Officer, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Visiting Scholar (1988-1991),
- Peter N. Swisher - Insurance and Tort Law, expert witness in insurance cases, Co-Author, Virginia Tort And Personal Injury Law, 1994 and 2002 University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award
- Henry L. Chambers - Professor Chambers has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2002. He also is an occasional reviewer for the Law and Society Review. During summers, he lectures on constitutional law principles in the We The People program, a civic education program administered by the Center for Civic Education.
- Timothy L. Coggins - Associate Dean for Library & Information Services and Professor of Law Articles Editor, North Carolina Central Law Journal
- Jonathan K. Stubbs - Hon. James T. Giles, U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Pennsylvania Clerk, 1980-81; M.T.S., Harvard University (1990); LL.M., Harvard University (1979); J.D., Yale University (1978); B.A., Oxford University (1976); B.A., Haverford College (1974)
- Hon. Harry L. Carrico - Senior Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia; Visiting Professor of Law and Civic Engagement; Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge, 1956–1961
- Paul M. Thompson - Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia Senior Assistant Attorney General, 2002–2004; United States Air Force Judge Advocate & Prosecutor, Kirtland A.F.B., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1960; National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C.; Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of Special Projects
- Watkins Abbitt - U.S. Representative, 1948-1973
- Jose M. Cabanillas - Executive officer of the USS Texas
- Walter S. Felton, Jr. - Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia
- Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr. - Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
- G. Manoli Loupassi - President, Richmond City Council
- Robert R. Merhige, Jr. - former U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Virginia
- Nathan H. Miller - former Virginia State Senator
- Owen B. Pickett - U.S. Representative, 1987-2001
- Absalom Robertson - U.S. Senator, 1946-1966
- Frederick P. Stamp - U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of West Virginia
- Harvey E. Schlesinger - U.S. District Court Judge, Middle District of Florida
- William K. Slate - president and CEO of the American Arbitration Association
The University of Richmond Law School was the first law school in the country to require laptops as a requirement of matriculation, beginning with the students who entered in the fall of 1994.
The UR Law School was one of only eight law schools in the top 50 “tech-savvy” law schools to score in all four categories highlighted in a recent law school technology survey completed by National Jurist. Richmond Law ranked number 17 overall.
The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, launched in 1995, is the world's first exclusively online law review.
The tuition for the 2006-07 year at Richmond is $28,390 plus an estimated $14,040 for other costs, making a total of $42,430.