Class of 2015 Profile


Chelsie Smith double-majored in international business and English and minored in Spanish at the University of Maryland.

“Choosing the ‘right’ law school was one of the most important decisions in my life. After comparing all of the programs, centers, and student life and extracurricular opportunities, my heart was set on UVA,” Smith said. “Little did I know that my first week of law school would far surpass my entire experience as an undergraduate student. My fellow classmates, the professors and even the deans have made this place feel like home away from home. I am confident UVA is the ‘right’ law school for me.”


Before law school, John McGlothlin served as a paratrooper and Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army, in a military career that included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Originally I wasn't going to apply to UVA because I wanted to go to school in a big city," he said. "[But] in the post-Admissions process, UVA just stood head and shoulders above the other schools I got into. The culture's different, the follow-up is different."

McGlothlin joined the Army after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks inspired him to go beyond reporting the news, he said.

"As a journalist, you can influence the news by reporting things that people need to know, and then they might change their behavior. But you're a step removed. You put it out there and you hope people respond to it," he said. "That wasn't good enough for me anymore."

Similarly, he is turning to law next because the law "seems to underpin everything," he said. "It's the foundation that everything's built on."

Faye Zhao

Faye Zhao studied applied mathematics at Yale before coming to Virginia.

"I chose UVA for a variety of reasons," Zhao said. "I came here to learn from professors who are not only engaging teachers but also renowned scholars. I came to meet fellow students with backgrounds as rich as they are diverse. I fell in love with the idea of spending the most stimulating three years of my life in a city as charming as Charlottesville, and I could not deny the allure of studying law at an institution so synonymous with Thomas Jefferson, the greatest figure in the history of American law."



Class of 2015 Profile

Brochure | information as of 8/29/12

The Class of 2015 is a diverse and accomplished group of students from across the country and around the world. The 356 students come from 43 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries, and attended 150 undergraduate institutions.

Median LSAT: 170
25%-75% LSAT: 164-171
Median GPA: 3.87
25%-75% GPA: 3.53-3.93
Average Age: 24 (range is 20 to 44)

Geographic Representation

Students come from 43 states and the District of Columbia, and as foreign citizens (from Canada, South Korea and China). In addition to Virginia, the following states are represented by five or more students:

California 35
New York 28
New Jersey 22
Texas 19
Florida 17
Maryland 15
Pennsylvania 11
Georgia 10
Utah 10
North Carolina 9
Illinois 7
Washington, D.C. 7
Tennessee 6
Alabama 5
Connecticut 5
Massachusetts 5
Ohio 5
South Carolina 5

Where They Went to College

Members of the Class of 2015 come from 150 undergraduate schools. Schools with four or more alumni include:

University of Virginia 19
College of William & Mary 14
Duke University 12
Brigham Young University 11
University of Florida 9
Vanderbilt University 9
Georgetown University 7
University of Texas 7
University of California, Los Angeles 6
University of Georgia  6
University of Maryland  6
University of North Carolina  6
Boston College  5
Northwestern University  5
Rutgers University  5
University of Southern California  5
Washington and Lee University  5
Dartmouth College  4
George Washington University  4
Pennsylvania State University  4
Stanford University  4
University of California, Berkeley  4
University of Michigan 4
University of Notre Dame 4

All Schools

Abilene Christian University
Acadia University
American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Belmont University
Boston College
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University, Idaho
Brown University
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Sacramento
Centre College
Chapman University
Clark University
Clemson University
Colby College
College of William & Mary
College of Wooster
Columbia University
Cornell University
Cumberland University
CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College
CUNY Hunter College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Drew University
Duke University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastman School of Music 
Emory University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Grove City College
Hamilton College
Hampton University
Harvard University
Haverford College
Hobart College
Hofstra University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
Marist College
Miami University
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northern Michigan University
Northwest Missouri State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
Oral Roberts University
Patrick Henry College
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pomona College
Princeton University
Purdue University
Radford University
Rhode Island College
Rice University
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Roger Williams University
Rutgers University
Saint Mary's College of California
Saint Mary's College of Maryland
Salisbury University
Seattle Pacific University
Stanford University
SUNY Binghamton Center
SUNY Empire State College
SUNY Stony Brook University
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
Trinity College
Troy University
Truman State University
Tulane University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska, Kearney
University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of North Florida
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Saint Thomas
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Tampa
University of Texas
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Tulsa
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Washington and Lee University
Washington University
Weber State University
Williams College
Wingate University
Yale University
Youngstown State University

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