Join the UJC
How to Apply
In line with the ideals of student self-governance which permeate UVa, the UJC is run entirely by students, for students. Every member of the UJC—from the youngest counselors to the chairs presiding over trials—is a current UVa student, and the Committee's roots are deeply connected to student self-governance. The Board of Visitors' founding of the UJC in 1955 and adoption of the Standards of Conduct in 1970 were both events marked by important input from the student body. To this day, the UJC Constitution cannot be changed without the ratification of the student body. There are a few main ways to become involved in the UJC.
To join as a Support Officer (Counselors, Educators, and Investigators) or as an FYJC Representative, you will need to fill out an application. All applications are considered holistically. Applications for the fall 2022 recruiting cycle are now closed. Our recruitment cycle for support officers and FYJC representatives runs each fall, so please check back for more information. The UJC will be running elections in the Spring 2023 University-wide elections for UJC Representative for each school; see more below.
To join as a UJC Representative, you will not fill out an application and instead will need to consult with your school of enrollment and likely run a campaign in the spring University-wide student elections. Reach out to your school council, the UBE, or current UJC Representatives for more information on this process.
Join as a Support Officer (Counselors, Educators, and Investigators)
More than 60% of the UJC's personnel make the University a better place by serving in one of three Support Officer roles. Counselors, Educators, and Investigators work together to process every UJC case from start to finish. You can learn more about each position by visiting the Become a Counselor, Become an Educator, and Become an Investigator pages. Any UVa student of any experience level can join these pools. Information sessions, applications, and interviews for these roles are held every fall.
Join as an FYJC Representative
A talented team of 12 first year students form the First Year Judiciary Committee (FYJC), a subcommittee of the UJC which handles cases brought against other first year students at UVa. FYJC Representatives serve as judges presiding over these cases, where they tailor the trial process to take into account the unique challenges and pressures of the first year experience. FYJC Representatives must be first year UVa students and are selected by the Vice Chair for First Years through information sessions, applications, and interviews held every fall.
Please note that it is possible to simultaneously apply for both the FYJC Representative role as well as a Support Officer role. You will be able to indicate your preferences in your application.
Join as a UJC Representative
The 27 students who serve as UJC Representatives hail from all thirteen schools of the University. They work together in teams, acting as judges in UJC cases and upholding the Standards of Conduct by affording each Accused party a trial by their peers. Any eligible UVa student can become a UJC Representative by running for election in the spring University-wide student elections held each March by the University Board of Elections (UBE). The term of office runs from April 1 of election year to April 1 of the next.