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Christopher Corts was a successful actor before joining the Class of 2011.

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Class Stands Out After Record Application Year

Chosen from the largest applicant pool in the history of the Law School, members of the Class of 2011 boast the best median LSAT and grade-point average qualifications ever for an entering class. The 370 students who matriculated from the pool of 6,548 applicants have a median GPA of 3.80 and maintained last year’s record-high median LSAT of 170.

“In selecting you, we were mindful of the special qualities our students have had as long as I’ve been associated with the Law School and well before that — a capacity and willingness to view learning as a collaborative enterprise; a healthy sense of balance among work, relaxation, family and friends; an interest in the world around you and in the broader world as well; and a willingness and an inclination to invest in community,” Dean Paul Mahoney told the entering class during orientation. “You will find those investments amply rewarded here.”

Women make up more than 44 percent of the entering class, which is the second-highest percentage the Law School has recorded, said Jason Wu Trujillo ’01, Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. Members of the class come from 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and three foreign countries, and attended 132 undergraduate schools. They have lived or worked abroad in 44 countries and have pursued a variety of careers, from presidential speechwriter to an assistant to Maya Angelou.

“Our admissions process grows more and more competitive each year,” said Trujillo. “Less measurable than GPA and LSAT scores, but equally important, is the breadth and depth of the backgrounds of our entering students. In that regard, this class also stands tall.”

Thirty-one members of the Class of 2011 have at least one graduate degree. Disciplines include business administration, public health, teaching, divinity, public policy, elementary education, secondary education, politics, policy studies, film studies, organic chemistry, economics, English, chemistry, theology, defense and strategic studies, mathematics, anthropology, physiology, systems engineering, biomedical engineering, philosophy, history, literature, international affairs and international relations.

A Global Community
First-year students have lived, worked, or studied all over the world, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Brazil, Australia, Kenya, India, Iran, Jordan, South Korea, Cameroon, Israel, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Japan, South Africa, Morocco, Lebanon, China, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Monaco, Kenya, Honduras, Ghana, and Guatemala.