Douglas Andre

Acknowledging a Top-Notch Education

Non-Traditional Law Student Finds Great Value at U.Va.

Douglas Andre (Law ’09) considered himself a very discerning customer when he chose to enroll in the School of Law. After completing a 22-year career as an officer in the U.S. Navy, he wanted to enter the field of tax law. But it was his own money he was spending—and three years of salary he was foregoing—in order to go to law school, so he wanted to be sure he got his money’s worth.

“I was looking for a top-notch education,” Andre said. “I wanted professors who were really good at what they do, not only in the technical aspects of law but also in teaching it. And without exception, I was not disappointed.”

As a non-traditional student, however, Andre admits that he was a rather demanding customer. He wanted value for his money, he wanted to learn something in every class, and he had questions—lots of them. The thing he appreciated most was the generosity of the faculty in their willingness to answer his questions, respond to his emails and engage in discussions outside of class.

“I know there’s a lot of press about the expense and how an investment in law school may not be a good value,” he said, “but I had just the opposite experience; I got a bargain. So to the degree that I’m able, I’d like to even that balance just a little bit by contributing as an alumnus. I feel like I owe the Law School, because I received such a great value.”