Class of 2021 Profile

Class of 2021 Profile

As of Aug. 22, 2018 | Related Story

The Class of 2021 is a diverse and accomplished group of students from across the country.  The 320 students come from 36 states and the District of Columbia, and attended 164 undergraduate institutions.

Median LSAT: 169
25%-75% LSAT: 163-171
Median GPA: 3.89
25%-75% GPA: 3.59-3.97
Age Range: 20 to 35

320 students enrolled from among 5,646 applicants
56% men, 44% women
26% identify themselves as people of color (including people of Middle Eastern descent, who are counted as Caucasian by the ABA)
67% have postgraduate experience

Geographic Representation

Students come from 36 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to Virginia, the following states are represented by four or more students:

New York 37 North Carolina 7
California 23 Ohio 7
Pennsylvania 23 Washington, D.C. 6
Maryland 22 Utah 6
Texas 19 Colorado 5
Florida 12 Indiana 5
Illinois 10 Arizona 4
New Jersey 10 South Carolina 4
Georgia 9 Wisconsin 4

Where They Went to College

Members of the Class of 2021 come from 164 undergraduate schools. Schools with three or more first-years represented include:

University of Virginia 22 Duke University 3
University of Maryland, College Park 11 Emory University 3
College of William & Mary 10 Hillsdale College 3
Dartmouth College 9 Indiana University, Bloomington 3
University of Pennsylvania 7 Princeton University 3
University of Alabama 6 Tulane University 3
University of Georgia 6 University of California, Berkeley 3
University of South Carolina, Columbia 6 University of California, Los Angeles 3
Virginia Tech 6 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 3
University of Texas, Austin 5 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 3
Yale University 5 University of Notre Dame 3
George Washington University 4 University of South Florida 3
Harvard University 4 University of Wisconsin, Madison 3
University of Miami 4 Virginia Commonwealth University 3
Washington and Lee University 4 Vanderbilt University 3
Davidson College 3    


Class of 2020 Profile

Jeni Hendricks

JENI HENDRICKS grew up in the Osage Nation and worked on Native American law and policy issues at a law firm in Washington, D.C., after graduating from Dartmouth College.

“I chose UVA because everyone I met who attended the Law School lit up when I asked them about their law school experience,” she said. “When I visited the Law School for the first time, unannounced, administrators willingly spoke to me in length about what UVA Law has to offer and were genuinely interested in my goals and passions. I was impressed by UVA’s dedication to community while also being focused on the individual law school experience.”

She said she hopes to return to working in Native American law and policy after law school.


Anthony Santiago

A graduate of the University of Southern California, ANTHONY “A.J.” SANTIAGO worked on asylum law cases at an immigration law firm in Los Angeles and interned for a judge at the New York Supreme Court before law school.

“In my search for law schools that would prepare me for a successful career as a civil rights lawyer, UVA stood out as the best school for me by far,” he said. “I felt that the law school’s strength in constitutional law, coupled with its outstanding commitment to preparing students for public service, would position me to excel in the field of civil rights.”


Lynn Onyebeke

After graduating from Harvard University with a master's in environmental health, LYNN ONYEBEKE worked as a clinical research coordinator for a major health system in New York City. Seeing the complexity of navigating health care laws and regulations inspired her to pursue a law degree.

She made the decision to attend UVA Law after visiting the school during the admitted students open house.

“Throughout my academic and professional career, I’ve always worked in a collegial and team oriented environment,” Onyebeke said. “I chose to attend UVA Law because it offered the opportunity to obtain a great legal education and continue that experience of working within a supportive, collaborative community.”