The University of Virginia School of Law is preparing to introduce new courses to the school in the winter and spring of the upcoming academic year. Courses in Comparative Family Law and Dignity Law will be offered this semester. This new program will give students the opportunity to learn about the law’s effects on a variety of areas of social justice.
In addition to courses, the UVA School of Law will host a series of thought-provoking events in the upcoming months. These programs will feature alumni and faculty discussing a wide range of issues, from the Innocence Project to sexual harassment and LGBTQ+ rights. There is also a Four-Part Docu-Series that will air on Uplands TV.
Another topic on the agenda is mental health. A number of lawmakers and policymakers have expressed concern that digital features are putting young people at risk for eating disorders, suicidal ideation and other mental health problems. Many companies have had to audit their products and services to ensure that they are not putting children at risk.
New faculty are joining the University of Virginia School of Law. Professors Bertrall Ross, Kim Krawiec and Jacob Elberg will be teaching this semester, as will Associate Professor Etienne Toussaint. Together, these faculty members will provide the university with a strong foundation in empirical research.
The University of Virginia School of Law is hosting an event on October 14. It will feature keynote speaker Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, and Frederick Schauer, author of “The Proof.” He will discuss how evidence can be used in law and how to use it to help find truth.
At the same time, the school will celebrate the achievements of its incoming class, one of the most academically talented classes in the history of the university. According to statistics provided by the university, the class is at or above all recent metrics, including average LSAT scores, GPAs and SATs.
Additionally, the school will hold the first Cybersecurity Legal Institute of its kind in April. Professor Charles Barzun will moderate a panel discussion. Other speakers will include Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who will discuss Professor Frederick Schauer’s new book.
The School of Law will also offer a series of lectures on gender non-conforming people. During this time, faculty will also delve into the history of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the legal profession.
Also, the Law School’s Institute for Privacy Protection will offer a workshop on kids’ technology overuse. As a result of these efforts, students will be more prepared for the digital world and will be better equipped to handle legal cases involving technology.
Finally, the University of Virginia School of Law is establishing a new Center for Empirical Studies in Law. The center will train the next generation of lawyers to understand how to apply empirical techniques to the law. An upcoming event will feature members of the faculty and other law students who are researching and teaching empirical techniques.