Class of 2024 Profile

As of Aug. 18, 2021 | Related Story

The Class of 2024 has the strongest academic numbers and the most racial diversity in the school’s history. The 300 students come from 39 states and the District of Columbia, and attended 133 undergraduate institutions.

  • Median LSAT: 171
  • 25%-75% LSAT: 166-173
  • Median GPA: 3.91
  • 25%-75% GPA: 3.64-3.97
  • Age Range: 20 to 38 (average age is 24)
  • 300 students enrolled from among 7,080 applicants
  • 51% women, 49% men
  • 36% identify themselves as people of color (including people of Middle Eastern descent, who are counted as Caucasian by the ABA)
  • 72% have postgraduate experience

Geographic Representation

Students come from 39 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to Virginia, the following states are represented by five or more students:

California 22 Massachusetts 7
Texas 21 Ohio 7
Florida 16 Colorado 6
Maryland 16 Georgia 6
New York 16 New Jersey 6
Pennsylvania 14 Alabama 6
Illinois 12 Connecticut 5
North Carolina 10 Minnesota 5
Washington, D.C. 8 Tennessee 5

Where They Went to College

Members of the Class of 2024 come from 133 undergraduate schools. Schools with four or more first-years represented include:

University of Virginia 23 George Washington University 5
University of California, Berkeley 11 Northwestern University 5
College of William & Mary 10 University of Florida 5
Yale University 9 University of Georgia 5
University of California, Los Angeles 8 Harvard University 4
University of Maryland, College Park 8 New York University 4
Vanderbilt University 8 University of Illinois, Urbana 4
University of Notre Dame 6 University of Miami 4
Cornell University 5 University of Pennsylvania 4
Duke University 5 University of South Carolina, Columbia 4


Class of 2023 Profile

Julie Mardini

JULIE MARDINI, a University of Notre Dame graduate and Terre Haute, Indiana, native, said UVA Law shines beyond its impressive employment statistics and other numbers.

“Before I ever stepped foot on Grounds, I felt like I had people in the community, from alumni to professors to current students, who were already in my corner,” she said. “It is an honor to be surrounded by people who believe that we all do better when we support each other.”

Michael Martinez

Before law school, MICHAEL MARTINEZ attended the University of Miami, was a marketing director for a construction company and served as a youth pastor. “UVA Law is known around the world for its stellar academic reputation and intellectual life,” said Martinez, a Miami native.

“When speaking to alumni, it became abundantly clear the community is filled with talented, driven and passionate individuals seeking to make a difference. The prospect of being surrounded by people who will challenge and push me to be the best version of myself drew me to the Law School.”

Birdy Assefa

BIRUKTAWIT “BIRDY” ASSEFA, who was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and emigrated to Arlington, Virginia, earned a bachelor’s from Yale University and a master’s from the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in exploring antitrust law and appellate litigation with an eye toward pursuing working on impact litigation.

“I chose to go to UVA Law because these are areas the school thrives in,” she said. “I knew I would be able to work with professors who are leaders within these fields. The variety of clinics around these topics, such as the Appellate Litigation Clinic, also appealed to me.”