Welcome Admitted Students!
Jasmine Lee, ‘20
Lise Guerrier, ‘20
Toccara Nelson, ‘19
Robbie Pomeroy, ‘19
Kirsten Jackson, ‘18
Jill Winter, ‘18
Do you remember the moment that you learned of your acceptance to UVa Law and the feelings that came to you at that moment? A combination of excitement, fear, and determination led you to choose Charlottesville as your home for three years, and believe it or not, you have almost completed another (if not your first) year at UVa Law. Now it is time to pave the way and welcome the Class of 2021!
Admitted Students Open House Weekend will take place this Thursday and Friday (March 15 and 16) on the Law School grounds. On these few days we will officially introduce the admitted students to our community and show them the environment that makes UVa Law unique. Some of our current students have already been introducing the admits to our community by volunteering to serve as student liaisons, and we hope more of you can meet the admitted students and join us for the many events we have planned this weekend.
Thursday is when most of the students arrive, and we will kick off the afternoon with tours of the building from our Virginia Law Ambassadors. There will be plenty of new faces wandering the halls, so please feel free to help if someone looks as though they need help with directions—and admitted students, please also feel free to ask a student for help as well! Thursday afternoon we will have our first large welcoming event for Admitted Students Open House with a BBQ in Scott Commons and Spies Garden at 3:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the admitted students to meet one another as well as current UVa Law students, so please stop by if you can on your way to or from class and meet a new face.
After the BBQ the students will then head to Monticello for a private tour of Thomas Jefferson’s estate. To close out the evening there will be a trivia night at Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen and Brewery from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Many of you have already signed up for this event so we look forward to a great night of food, drinks, trivia and some NCAA March Madness!
Friday will be the busiest day for the admitted students, beginning with a breakfast in Caplin Pavilion and followed by a full slate of informational programs, which will give admitted students perspectives about classes, career opportunities (with the best career service department ever—actually!), financial aid, and so much more. We encourage admitted students to take advantage of any session that sounds interesting or helpful to them and to ask as many questions as possible as our faculty and staff members love getting to know more about our students!
Lunch will be served in classrooms all over the Law School as the admitted students take a moment to hear from current UVa Law students in one of our many Student Life Panels. This is an opportunity to receive candid answers to questions such as “What does it really mean to be a student at UVa Law?” and “What if I don’t know how to play softball?” Don't worry, many of us still don’t know how to play—we’re just pretending.
Friday will conclude with our “Supreme Alums” Reception in Caplin Pavilion, where admitted students will have the chance to meet faculty and recent Virginia Law alumni who have achieved the distinguished honor of clerking for the Supreme Court of the United States. Although this is the end of the official program, admitted students should also be on the lookout over the weekend for opportunities to meet with our affinity groups, many of which will be hosting some great events for admits so that they can become further acquainted with our current students.
Lastly, to our admitted students: it is our pleasure to serve as your ASOH Co-Chairs this year and hopefully this weekend will show you why UVa Law has earned the nicknames of “Happiest Law School” and “The Disney World of Law Schools." UVa Law is not simply oriented around providing you with a great job (although that is a wonderful perk) but we are also committed to building strong relationships with each other, our faculty members, and our communities at large. To commit to UVa Law is not simply to commit to a school for three years; it is a commitment to a unique family for life. We hope that you take advantage of every workshop, panel, and event this weekend so that you can catch a glimpse of this with your own eyes. We are here to help you have the best experience possible, so please do not hesitate to ask us any question or to flag us with any concern. Even if you simply would like to say hello, do not hesitate to stop us. We have spent a long time preparing for you and are very excited to meet you personally!
ASOH Co-Chairs: Jasmine Lee, ‘20 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Lise Guerrier, ‘20 (email@example.com), Toccara Nelson, ‘19 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Robbie Pomeroy, ‘19 (email@example.com), Kirsten Jackson, ‘18 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jill Winter, ‘18 (email@example.com)