Students represent elderly clients in negotiations, administrative hearings, and court proceedings on a variety of legal matters, including basic wills and powers of attorney, guardianships, consumer issues, Medicaid and Medicare benefits, nursing home regulation and quality of long-term care, elder abuse and neglect, and advance medical directives. Students develop practical skills by participating in client interviewing, counseling, and trial advocacy. Students may engage in policy analysis and advocacy work with partnering organizations including including the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), the Legal Aid Justice Center, the Virginia Elder Rights Coalition, and the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.
The Madison House Animals & Environment program works with several community groups and businesses to help improve the welfare of Charlottesville's animals and environment.
The Asia Institute is an interdisciplinary organization comprised of the Center for South Asian Studies, the Tibet Center, and the East Asia Center of the University of Virginia that provides Asia-focused education and outreach to K-12 and the community.
The Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center conducts a yearlong clinic centered on the representation of those sentenced to death in Virginia and issues relevant to such cases.
In addition to a classroom component focused on current issues in Virginia capital litigation, students will analyze trial records, perform original research, engage in field investigations on issues particular to case needs and write draft claims, motions, legal and investigative memoranda and correspondence.
Under the inspiring leadership of Music Director Kate Tamarkin, The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra is comprised of music faculty who serve as Principal Players and talented students and community members.
Students represent low-income children involved in legal issues in the areas of education, foster care and social services, mental health and developmental disabilities, and laws governing services to children who have been found delinquent.
The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is a vehicle of giving. Each year state employees can give to the charities of their choice through the CVC.
Youth experience “a day in the life”
of UVa students by attending academic,
cultural, athletic and social events
with university students on a regular
UVa faculty and staff volunteer
to work at local nonprofit
organizations and public schools to
tackle meaningful volunteer projects
that benefit residents of
Charlottesville and surrounding
The Diversity and Advocacy Program teaches U.Va. students to create change in self, community, and the world through rigorous academic coursework and unique practical experience. The three components of this program celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusiveness on the local and global levels. First, the Diversity and Advocacy Program gives students the opportunity to work in a non-profit, feminist organization within a university context via an internship in the Women’s Center. Students organize the legal clinic, assist in designing and maintaining websites, organize signature events, and support our communications, marketing, and publicity efforts. Second, the Women’s Center sponsors numerous Signature Events that address gender issues, showcase women’s leadership, and celebrate women’s accomplishments. Third, the Global Women and Change Initiative connects U.Va. students with activists from around the world, and provides students with the tools to become knowledgeable about global women's activism.