University of Richmond School of Law

University of Richmond School of Law


Established in 1870 and situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, the University of Richmond School of Law offers an exceptional legal education. The world-class faculty, combined with small classes and a uniquely collegial environment, assures that each student receives the individual attention that they need to thrive.

The city of Richmond is a thriving business and legal practice hub and is home to multinational corporations, leading law firms and major government agencies. It is also a lively, livable city, full of first-rate arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife.

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About the School of Law

Welcome to the University of Richmond School of Law.


  • Our professors are experts in their fields and are among the best teacher-scholars in the nation.
  • Our curriculum combines sophisticated legal theory with numerous opportunities to put theory into practice.
  • And our students are at the heart of a distinctly collegial community.

At Richmond Law, we create a particular type of lawyer: one who models the best of her profession when it comes to professional standards and values; one who, by the way he practices law, makes the justice system work better; one who demonstrates a true passion for the profession. Through individualized attention aimed at maximizing the personal potential of each and every student, we equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need, preparing them to make valuable contributions to the legal system.


The University of Richmond School of Law combines a rigorous academic program with an extensive selection of clinical placements and experiential learning opportunities to create an extraordinary legal education. The Law School’s highly regarded faculty of teacher-scholars includes nationally and internationally recognized experts, and its low student-faculty ratio reinforces a culture of professional mentoring and mutual support. 


Richmond Law provides numerous ways for students to customize their education to match their areas of interest. LLM students are required to take two courses: Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Legal Research and Writing. The remainder of the curriculum is elective, and students may select from both the first-year and upper-level course offerings.


Accreditation: The University of Richmond School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. (Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598; Telephone number (312) 988-6739).

Career Development

The Career Development Office provides the tools, strategies, and support Richmond lawyers need to navigate the employment search. Through a combination of one-on-one advising, small-group interactive workshops and information sessions, mock interviews, recruitment programs, and networking events, we will help you identify and secure summer internships and post-graduate opportunities that fit your interests and goals. We are here not only to help you find a job — we will guide you as you launch your career.

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Our City

Our vibrant capital city is a lively cultural hub with deep history and top-notch dining, in addition to being home to a thriving business and legal community. Our campus is a 15-minute drive from Richmond’s downtown area, and just an hour and a half from Washington D.C., the beach, and the mountains.

LLM Program

Law crosses borders, and today’s successful lawyers must be comfortable dealing with clients, transactions, and disputes involving multiple legal systems and cultures. Richmond Law offers a unique opportunity for lawyers from outside the United States to acquire the tools for success by learning U.S. law and the common law system, refining their legal English skills, and engaging with leading scholars and talented fellow students through our LLM program.


Please view full application details here. A complete application consists of the following:


  • Application for Admission including the signed certification statement
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee (If payment of this fee will prevent a student from applying, waiver requests should be submitted to 
  • GMAT or GRE (for the LLM/MBA Dual Degree only; report to be sent directly from the test center to the School of Law, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173)
  • TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS level 7, or justification for waiver
  • Transcripts for all completed undergraduate and graduate work; official copy of the applicant's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report, which includes official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, transcripts authentication and evaluation of transcripts
  • Narrative/personal statement detailing your objectives in pursuing this degree
  • Resume/CV
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic qualifications, legal qualifications, and/or business experience

LLM/MBA Program

At the University of Richmond, LLM/MBA candidates enjoy the best of both worlds: access to an advanced legal degree combined with a sophisticated business education. One of only a few programs of its kind in the world, the LLM/MBA Dual Degree prepares students to deal effectively with global business and legal transactions – a combination that gives our graduates a distinct advantage in a world where law and business are increasingly interdependent and globally focused.


This full-time, 24-month program is designed for lawyers educated outside the United States who want to enhance their knowledge of both the U.S. legal system and the business world.