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.

Class of 2026 Snapshot

  • Law firm and in-house counsel experience:

    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

  • Government, prosecutor, public defender, court, and municipal experience:

    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

  • Public interest, non-profit, and NGO experience:

    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

  • Where they have lived, worked, and studied:

    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)

  • Languages spoken:

    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

  • Special interests and hobbies:

    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