I'm a city-centric guy and may apply to UVA ED. What do you think of Charlotteville? Also, how do you feel about UVA's placement ability ITE?
I've heard from some 3Ls that've gotten callbacks. I don't know specifics. I've also heard from some that didn't. I'm going to at this point just claim I don't have enough experience, as a 1L, to really tell you how well or badly it's going for UVA 3Ls or how much better/worse that is than for 3Ls at other schools. I wish I knew better, but I don't.
I love Charlottesville so far. It's a great town, at least in my opinion. The city feels very friendly, it's very green (lots of trees and natural spaces), there's plenty of stuff going on. It's largely a college town, and has a lot of typical college-town stuff (bars and clubs near the main grounds, intramural sports and clubs all over the place, college-student discounts at grocery stores, etc). It's old and historic, and has a great relaxed feel to it. You're not far from Monticello, which I already went and toured, and it's an incredible place to see. But the city also has most of the retail outlets you'd expect, a Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Best Buy, Office Depot, a mall with Macy's and Penney's, pretty much everything you could need. It's not that small of a city, it's actually pretty big, certainly big enough that you can find whatever you need in it; it's kind of a good compromise between a small rural area and a big urban metropolis, and in a lot of ways has the best of both. It's not "too big" or "too small" but in many ways it's just right.
However, there are some things about Charlottesville that might frustrate people. The roads here are terrible
. Because it's an old historic town, almost none of the roads around downtown and the grounds have been expanded beyond two lanes, and getting around can take forever depending on where and when you're out and about. Driving by car can be a real miserable experience here. Hell, don't even try driving on game day if there's a home game.
Also, C-ville is not what I'd consider ideal for bicycles. They have dedicated bike lanes on the outsides of the roads in some places, but they'll randomly end with a "BIKE LANE ENDS" sign and then you're stuck having to ride in the road or on the shoulder and hope not to get run over. Oh, and it's hilly
here. You'd better be in pretty good shape if you want to bike anywhere.
You can walk a lot of places, though; if you get a place on Arlington Blvd., for example, you basically live halfway between the law school and a massive shopping center and can just walk a couple blocks each way to get to both. That greatly reduces your need for a car. The shopping center (Barracks Road) has two 24-hour grocery stores, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, several restaurants (McDonald's, Five Guys, Chipotle, Panera Bread, a Mediterranean restaurant, and I'm missing a couple), a CVS pharmacy, and other shops. You could conceivably live without a car entirely if you lived on Arlington or close to Barracks.
There are frequent university buses that will take you from the law school to the main grounds, and a city bus system, though honestly I value my time as a law student too much to rely on the city buses. If you're "city-centric" and that means you like living off the buses and rail system of somewhere like NYC or Boston, you're probably in for some culture shock. The university buses run frequently but the city buses less so, and from the law school to get a lot of places you'll have to transfer at least once. You can get directly to the main grounds from the law school with one bus on a 10-minute frequency, though, which is convenient if you want to go down there without driving.
Lastly, having been a film major, let me just say that the movie theaters here suck. I still haven't tried the Downtown Mall 6, but the other theaters (Carmike and Regal) are both old, small, and lousy. One is four-screen and one is six-screen; neither have stadium seating; both have hard uncomfortable seats. They're typical theaters designed in the 70s or 80s. Having come from a metropolis that had several nice new 18+ screen theaters, that's a hard adjustment to make for me.
That's what I can think of to answer. Maybe other UVA 1Ls can add more. Or you can ask something more specific and I can try to give you that.