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Examinations of the University of Virginia School of Law

Identifier: RG-32-401

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of examinations that the University of Virginia Law School administered to students between 1890 and 2018. It also includes a few examples of examination answers.

The examinations exist in diverse media formats. Most of them are printed on paper, and most printed examinations are bound together into volumes. The other examinations were born digital and were initially made available to students online or on digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs).


  • Creation: 1890 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

The conditions governing access vary across the collection. There are no restrictions on access to the examinations of deceased professors. However, access to the examinations of living professors is restricted. Researchers must first obtain written permission from living professors to view them. After a researcher presents written permission to the University of Virginia Law Library, the Library may allow them to view the examination in the special collections reading room. Researchers may take written notes, but the Library prohibits photography or scanning. Researchers may not borrow examinations or view them outside of the special collections reading room.

A few living professors have waived the requirement for written permission. Waivers are recorded in a conditions governing access note attached to the examination records in this finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the examinations. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. The University may grant permission to publish or reproduce intellectual property it owns in the name of The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia.


.5 Cubic Feet (1 archival box)

47 Volumes

.096 Gigabytes

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The Law Library arranged this collection into three series and ordered them chronologically.

I. Unbound examinations

II. Bound examinations

III. Examinations hosted online

Immediate Source of Acquisition

RG-32-401 contains examinations from different sources.

The items in Series I. came to the Library from various sources including donations, purchases, and internal transfers. Most of them were at one time stored in a "memorabilia file drawer" or the Law Library's front circulation office.

Series II. consists of bound examinations that the Law Library transferred from its reserve collection to its special collections department around 2018.

Series III. consists of digital examinations that the Law Library transferred from an online environment to its special collections department around 2018.

Related Materials

Researchers will find more examples of University of Virginia School of Law examinations in the following publications:

1. Anderson Bros. (Charlottesville, Va.). Law Examinations. Revised and corrected ed. Anderson Bros, 1891.

2. Anderson Bros. (Charlottesville, Va.), and Thomas Randolph Keith. Law Examinations, Embracing, Examination Papers From the Year 1869 to 1894. 4th ed. Anderson Bros, 1894.

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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States