democrattotheend wrote:Thanks for starting this thread. This info has been extremely helpful.
1) Do you feel that being in a small town like Charlottesville limits the opportunities to do externships or get other hands on experience during the school year? I live in DC right now and I'm kind of agonizing between Georgetown and UVA (assuming I can even get into either, which is hard to predict since I'm not taking the LSAT for another 2 weeks). One thing that I think Georgetown has going for it is the opportunities for externships and hands-on experience that a big city like DC offers. Do you feel that those type of opportunities are more limited in Charlottesville, and would that be a disadvantage for someone looking to build a resume with public interest/government experience during law school?
2) Do apartments in Charlottesville offer 9 month leases, or do students who do summer associateships or internships outside Charlottesville get stuck paying for 3 months when they are not there? Is it possible to sublet, or does the college nature of the town make it impossible to find people looking for a place for the summer?
On question 1: UVA has a number of clinics available that puts people working in prosecution, criminal defense, an innocence project, appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and a number of other things. You can see the full list on UVA's website
. There are also a number of pro bono projects based in Charlottesville including the Legal Aid Justice Center which provides services to poor and disadvantaged individuals in the area.
The school also started a "Law and Public Service" program. For those that get in, it'll involve providing a faculty mentor, specialized public services classes, and full sponsorship of living expenses for public interest internships during your summers. Even if you can't get into that program, the Public Interest Law Association (PILA) raises money every year to provide similar fellowships to students; last year I think they provided living expense funds to 80 different students doing public-interest internships during their summers.
In all I think it's a pretty damn good school for public interest work, and they're only trying more and more to boost that part of their profile each year.
On question 2: I believe Ivy Garden does 12-month leases. My landlord for my condo does 12-month leases also. There are probably places that do 9-month leases, but I couldn't tell you what they are personally. I do know that a lot of people sublet during the summer though, when I visited for ASD there were a bunch of flyers up on some billboards with people trying to find people to sublet their apartments for the summer. However, it will be harder to find people who need to do that, since many people are going to be leaving Charlottesville for the summer and it'll be more vacant than it is during the school year.
That will just depend on the landlord/leasing agency. If you find a place you'll have to ask them whether subletting is allowed or not.