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Why UVA Law, Testimonials, & Academic Allies

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Why UVA Law?

Although housed in the small college town of Charlottesville, UVA Law is a vibrant and welcoming community for LGBTQ+ students. We're sure you have your apprehensions about just how open and accepting law school can be for LGBTQ+ students. The reality is that no school, including UVA Law, is perfect, and there is much that can be done to improve the overall community. However, Lambda has been an important vehicle for pushing for those changes, and continues to commit itself to advocating for the needs of our community. By getting involved in Lambda, you not only connect with the larger LGBTQ+ community, but join our efforts to push UVA LAW in the direction of progress. 

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Learn More About Lambda Through Testimonials From 

Our Members!

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Wilson Miller, '21

Lambda has been an essential part of my law school experience at UVA. The organization fosters a sense of community among LGBTQ+ students, connects those students with opportunities for career advancement, and draws attention to issues facing the LGBTQ+ community in the legal profession and beyond. We hope you will join our community and our efforts to build a better legal profession for everyone.


Trust Kupupika, '22

UVA Law offers a superb education, but there's always room for improvement when it comes to Black queer experiences on campus. Lambda has been an incredible resource to address these problems, as well as offer a social space to connect with other incredible members of our community!


UVA's faculty hosts a number of allies who are comfortable engaging with LGBTQ+ content in the classroom and create a safe learning environment for their LGBTQ+ students.

These include:

Charles Barzun

Josh Bowers

Ruth Buck 

Anne Coughlin 

Kim Forde-Mazrui

Thomas Frampton

Jennifer Hulvey

Leslie Kendrick

Craig Konnoth 

Michaela Lieberman

George Rutherglen


An excellent way to gain professional skills while still in law school, UVA's selection of clinics promise to offer invaluable lessons while touching on concerns central to the LGBTQ+ community.

Relevant clinics include:

Child Advocacy 

Civil Rights 

Employment Law

First Amendment

Health and Disability Law

Immigration Law

Innocence Project

International Human Rights

Litigation and Housing Law



UVA Law also offers  a range of cross-disciplinary courses that focus on how the law has previously and continues to impact the LGBTQ+ community.

Past courses include:

LGBTQ Rights Before and After Obergefell

Law, Inequality, and Education Reform 

Civil Liberties Seminar 

Civil Rights Litigation

Constitutional Law II: Survey of Civil Liberties Human Rights Study Project 

Sexuality and the Law

Academic Allyship

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