Class of 2008 Profile | Brochure
Median GPA: 3.67 on a 4.0 scale
25%-75% GPA: 3.53-3.83
Median LSAT: 169
25%-75% LSAT: 167-171
Average age: 24 (range is 20 to 50)
374 students enrolled from among 5,495 applicants
142 resident (38%), 232 nonresident students (62%)
221 men (59%), 153 women (41%)
61 identify themselves as minority students (16%)
EDUCATION Thirty-two members of the class hold advanced degrees, including master’s degrees in legislative affairs, real estate, philosophy, education, nationalism studies, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, management, security studies, engineering, accountancy, international relations, history, teaching, theology, social and political science, European politics, health policy, public health, public policy, economics, advertising, and fine arts; three M.B.A.s; an M.Div.; two Ph.D.s, one in archeology and the other in history; and an M.D.
REPRESENTED BY ONE STUDENT: American University, Arizona State University, Austin College, Barnard College - Columbia University, Biola University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bucknell University, Calvin College, Carleton College, Claremont McKenna College, College of New Jersey, Columbia University, Concordia College - Moorhead, Eckerd College, George Fox University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Greensboro College, Grinnell College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hofstra University, Kenyon College, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Miami University - Oxford, Morehouse College, Muhlenberg College, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, Northwestern College - Iowa, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Old Dominion University, Pomona College, Radford University, Rhodes College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Simon’s Rock College of Bard, St. John’s University, SUNY-Binghamton Center, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Temple University, Thomas Aquinas College, Towson University, Tufts University, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, University of California - Davis, University of California - San Diego, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California - Santa Cruz, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado - Boulder, University of Dallas, University of Delaware, University of Hawaii - Manoa, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, University of Mississippi, University of Missouri - Columbia, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina - Columbia, University of Southern California, University of Texas - Dallas, University of Utah, University of Washington, University of Windsor, Utah State University, Washington University, Wesleyan University, Wheaton College.
TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOLS: 117
HOME SWEET HOME Students come from 42 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign countries. After Virginia, feeder states are California (25), New York (20), Maryland (16), Georgia (13), Florida (12), North Carolina (12), Pennsylvania (10), Texas (10), Massachusetts (9), Ohio (9), Connecticut (8), Alabama (7), Illinois (7), New Jersey (7), Utah (7), District of Columbia (6), Missouri (6), Colorado (5), Michigan (5), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (4), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (4), Tennessee (4), South Carolina (3), Wisconsin (3), Delaware (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), New Mexico (2), Washington (2), Arkansas (1), Arizona (1), Hawaii (1), Iowa (1), Idaho (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (1), Rhode Island (1), Vermont (1), and West Virginia (1). Students also come from Pakistan, Canada, Nigeria, India, and South Korea.
WELL TRAVELED Members of this class have lived, worked, or studied throughout the world, including in the United Kingdom, throughout western Europe, and in Nigeria, Bosnia, Sweden, Brazil, Morocco, Japan, Australia, Korea, Chile, Cuba, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, Argentina, China, Russia, Nicaragua, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Afghanistan, Romania, the Czech Republic, Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique, Bolivia, Uganda, Latvia, and Costa Rica.
WELL ROUNDED First-year students have been engaged in a variety of volunteer, extracurricular, athletic, and artistic pursuits, including numerous stints on political campaigns in the most recent election cycle; as interns on Capitol Hill and with other government agencies and NGOs; in mock trial and Model U.N. programs; as legal clinic volunteers; with Habitat for Humanity; working with kids as tutors, coaches, in residential treatment settings, as CASA volunteers, in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and at summer camps; teaching English to migrant workers, refugees from Somalia and Ethiopia, and in literacy programs here in the United States and abroad in Japan, Spain, Turkey, and Mongolia; providing assistance at shelters and in food kitchens; on domestic violence and suicide hotlines; in Scouting; with Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee; in public health clinics, with AIDS patients, and in emergency medical services. Two are rescue divers, and one has worked as a Forest Service firefighter. They play baseball, football, basketball, rugby, soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, tennis, volleyball, field hockey, and water polo; they run marathons and triathlons; compete in crew, body building, swimming, fencing, equestrian sports, power lifting, martial arts, fencing, shooting, sailing, chess, ultimate frisbee, skiing, and gymnastics. They skydive, fly airplanes, wake board, play all manner of musical instruments, dance, act, and sing. We have a two-time "Jeopardy" champ, several published authors, a dog trainer, a veteran of the Camino de Santiago, and the founder of the first dry fraternity at UVA.
IN THE REAL WORLD Many have been legal assistants or paralegals at U.S. law firms, but also at the Federal Trade Commission, the Manhattan DA’s office, with a firm in Korea, the Legal Aid Justice Center, the D.C. Public Defender Service, Colorado Legal Services, and the Department of Justice. Members of the class have worked for consulting firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Cigna, Deloitte, The Advisory Board, RAND, and Accenture; as management, economic or financial analysts for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs, the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, Northrop Grumman, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Institute for International Economics, JP Morgan, the Congressional Budget Office, the FDIC, and KPMG; and in the tech sector as programmers, systems analysts, software engineers, and Web editors. Others have held jobs as assistant communications director for the Group of 8 Summit; legislative coordinator for the American Beverage Association; structural engineer; financial planner; aviation engineer with Boeing; production assistant for “Larry King Live”; manager of a retirement community; congressional reporter for a pharmaceutical industry newspaper; rocket scientist; constructing jumping courses for horse shows; development assistant for Harvard; editor of Venture Capital Journal; farm hand; cook and first mate on a yacht; editorial assistant for the New York Law Journal; research assistant for Sen. Tim Johnson; communications analyst for Nextel; assistant editor of an architecture magazine; tax accountant; lab technician in a genetics lab; national security consultant for Booz Allen; media buyer; executive director of the Tennessee Forests Council; press secretary for Rep. Dennis Cardoza; law librarian at the Paris office of Gibson Dunn; farmhand on an organic farm; development officer for the Buckley School; staff assistant for Rep. Rosa DeLauro; advance agent for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; college history professor; carpenter; policy assistant for the governor of Mississippi; veterinary technician; valet at an Atlantic City casino; editorial assistant for the Associated Press; cowboy; clinical assistant professor of medicine; CIA analyst; and industrial engineer with GE. One created the current New York City taxi fare structure. They have worked abroad with a human rights organization in Nigeria; with community development in Guatemala; as coordinator of international relations for the City of Gifu, Japan, and with the International Organization for Migration in South Africa. Several have taught elementary or secondary school, some as part of Teach for America. A number of students have served with the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, and several have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan.