A Tradition of Excellence

While the members of the Class of 2026 comprise a diverse group in multiple dimensions, they share a common bond of academic excellence. As the following statistics indicate, they excelled in their undergraduate studies and show outstanding promise for law studies.

  • 167


  • 58%

    female students

  • 37%

    students of color

  • 23

    median age

  • 98

    undergraduate schools represented

  • 36

    states, D.C., and Canada

75th percentile GPA:3.96
Median GPA:3.89
25th percentile GPA:3.65
75th percentile LSAT:171 (97th percentile among test-takers)
Median LSAT: 170 (96th percentile among test-takers)
25th percentile LSAT:164 (85th percentile among test-takers)

Experience Counts

The majority of the Class of 2026 (64%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 30% were age 24 to 31 at entry. Collectively, the members of the class bring a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. Their backgrounds include business, science, education, technology, service, public policy, and graduate training in a number of fields.

Members of the Class of 2026 have worked for law firms or in-house counsel in:

Athens, GAFort Collins, COOakland, CA
Atlanta, GAFt. Lauderdale, FLOlathe, KS
Austin, TXGlobe, AZOrlando, FL
Birmingham, ALGreensboro, NCPalm Beach Gardens, FL
Boulder, COIrvington, NYPhoenix, AZ
Bray, IrelandKansas City, MOPittsburgh, PA
Brentwood, TNLa Jolla, CAPlano, TX
Cambridge, MALantana, FLReston, VA
Chapel Hill, NCLas Vegas, NVRuston, LA
Charlotte, NCLexington, MASan Antonio, TX
Chattanooga, TNLos Angeles, CASan Francisco, CA
Chicago, ILMacon, GASt. Charles, IL
Cincinnati, OHManistee, MITallahassee, FL
Cleveland, OHMemphis, TNUrbana, IL
Collinsville, CTMiami, FLVienna, VA
Columbus, OHMiddleton, WIWalla Walla, WA
Dallas, TXNashville, TNWalnut Creek, CA
Douglasville, GANew Orleans, LAWashington, DC
Dublin, IrelandNew York, NYWest Palm Beach, FL
Enid, OKNewark, NJWinter Park, FL

Members of the Class of 2026 have worked for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities:

48th Judicial Circuit (MI)Lee County (AL) CourthouseTennessee House of Representatives
9th Judicial Circuit (MI)Maryland Office of the State's AttorneyTexas House of Representatives
Boone County (MO) Prosecuting Attorney's OfficeMassachusetts Committee for Public Counsel ServicesTown of Davie, FL
Chatham County (GA) District Attorney's OfficeMiami-Dade County Community Relations BoardTucson City Prosecutor's Office
City of Escondido (CA)Muskegon County (MI) Public Defender's OfficeU.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of California
City of Walnut Creek, CANational Institutes of HealthU.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Texas
Cook County (IL) State's Attorney's OfficeNational Security AgencyU.S. Department of Energy
Cumberland County (PA) CourthouseNew York City Department of Health & Mental HygieneU.S. Department of Justice
Department of the Prosecuting Attorney (Honolulu, HI)New York State Department of Environmental ConservationU.S. Department of Labor
Diplomatic Security Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility CouncilNew York Supreme CourtU.S. Department of State
Douglas County (NE) Juvenile CourtNorth Carolina General AssemblyU.S. Department of Transportation
El Dorado County (CA) CourtOffice of the New York State Attorney GeneralU.S. Department of Treasury
Florida House of Representatives Office of the Texas GovernorU.S. House of Representatives
Florida Office of the State AttorneyPhiladelphia District Attorney's officeU.S. Senate
Florida SenateRichmond County (NY) District Attorney's OfficeVan Nuys (CA) Superior Courthouse
Fulton County (GA) District Attorney's OfficeSan Diego County District AttorneyVirginia Beach City Attorney
Haralson-Polk County (GA) Superior CourtSouth Carolina Department of Juvenile JusticeWestfield (NJ) Municipal Court
Harris County (TX) District Attorney's OfficeTennessee Department of MilitaryWilkes County (NC) Courthouse
Jonesboro, GA District Attorney's Office Tennessee General Assembly

Members of the Class of 2026 have worked for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs:

A.J. Fletcher Foundation Exodus Refugee Immigration New York Legal Assistance Group
Allegan County Legal Assistance CenterGreenAlliesNextGen America
American Civil Liberties Union Harvard Legal Services CenterNorth Carolina Justice Center
Arms Control Association Human Rights WatchOhio Women's Alliance
Association for International Arbitration Illinois Council Against Handgun ViolenceOur Voice Nuestra Voz
Autism Legal Resource CenterInnocence Project LondonPlanned Parenthood
Bazelon Center for Mental Health LawInternational Federation of the Red CrossSolace Women's Aid
Bethany Christian ServicesInternational Rescue Committee Tennessee Justice Center
Carolina Youth Development CenterLeadership SevierThe Borgen Project
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado Legal Aid Society of Middle TennesseeThe Propwatch Project
Center for International Policy Luke's WingsTrue North of Columbia, MO
Children's Advocacy InstituteMarch For Our LivesVerdiazul
Citizens for Local PowerMidwest Asian Health Association Voices Beyond Assault
Communities for PeopleNational Legal Aid and Defense Association Women for Afghan Women
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)National Science Foundation Youth Villages

Members of the Class of 2026 have lived, worked or studied in:

Argentina (2)Dominican RepublicJapan (5)
Belgium (2)EgyptPoland
Bosnia-HerzegovinaFrance (6)Russia
CambodiaGermany (4)Saudi Arabia
Canada (2)HondurasSouth Korea
ChileHong Kong (3)Spain (6)
China (5)HungarySwitzerland
ColombiaIndiaTaiwan (2)
Costa RicaIreland (3)Thailand
Czech RepublicIsrael (2)United Arab Emirates
DenmarkItaly (3)United Kingdom (12)

Members of the Class of 2026 know these languages:

AfrikaansHindi (2)Russian (4)
American Sign Language (3)Italian (3)Shanghainese
Arabic (4)Japanese (3)Shijiazhuang
Cantonese (3)KannadaSpanish (36)
French (13)Korean (7)Tamil
German (5)Latin (4)Telugu
Greek (2)Mandarin (14)Wenzhounese
HebrewPolish (2)Yoruba

Members of the class include:

A cappella singer (3)Collegiate tennis playerNon-profit founder
Amateur boat builderCollegiate Track & Field (4)Pianist (5)
ArcherCollegiate volleyball player (3)Podcast producer
AuthorDebate team member (5)Professional Pokémon player
Badminton playerEagle Scout (4)Rhodes Scholar finalist
Barbershop quartet memberElementary school teacherSalsa dance instructor
Bollywood dancerEquestrian horseback riderScuba Diver (3)
Cellist (2)Equine therapy volunteerSoccer referee
Clarinetist Half Marathon Runner (3)Taekwondo instructor
Collegiate baseball player (2)High school teacherTeach for America Corps member
Collegiate Cross Country (3)Hockey playerTouring musician
Collegiate football playerImprov actorTriathlete
Collegiate golferMedieval reenactorU.S. Air Force veteran
Collegiate lacrosse player (2)Mixed Martial Arts Black BeltU.S. Navy veteran
Collegiate rowerMock Trial (8)U.S. Army veteran (3)
Collegiate soccer playerMoot CourtViolinist (3)
Collegiate swimmer (2)Muay Thai BoxerViolist