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Class of 2011 profile

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2007-08 application cycle

Applications: 4,336

  • For the Class of 2011, Vanderbilt received the largest number of applications in its history, experiencing a 9 percent increase over the previous year.

JD Class of 2011 - f irst-year class 2008-09 academic year

  • 191 students
  • 53% women
  • 23% minority students
  • Median age 23, with 23% age 25 or older
  • Drawn from 37 states, DC , Canada, China, Jamaica, and United Kingdom
  • 106 undergraduate schools represented
  • 14 students hold advanced degrees

The majority of the class graduated from college at least one year before arriving at Vanderbilt and collectively brings a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. Their backgrounds include business, science, education, technology, community service, public policy, and graduate training in a number of fields. Many have worked in government, from Capitol Hill and federal agencies, to state legislatures and municipal offices across the nation. Others have worked in law: in large firms in New York, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, or Los Angeles, in small firms in smaller cities across the nation; for prosecutors, public defenders, or courts in various locations.

The Class of 2011 has collectively worked or studied in:

Australia, Austria, Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, Paraguay, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Tanzania

and collectively speaks these languages:

Arabic, Czech, French, German, Guarani, Gujarti, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Thai

Members of the class include:

  • Fulbright Fellow
  • Karate black belt
  • College professor
  • EMT / Ambulance driver
  • All-American lacrosse player
  • CPA
  • Argentine Association for Civil Rights Research Analyst
  • Jazz vocalist
  • Simultaneous interpreter
  • Computer consultant
  • Ballet choreographer
  • Web developers
  • NYC Councilor's Press Secretary
  • Bagpipe band instructor
  • Nashville Police Officer
  • NIH Research Fellow
  • Statistical analyst
  • Peace Corps veterans - Paraguay, Moldova
  • Autonomous Robot Design Team Captain
  • Shanghai Hongku District Court Clerk
  • Eagle Scouts (5)
  • PADI qualified SCUBA divers (3)
  • Drum majors (2)

While the members of the Class of 2011 have diverse backgrounds, they share a common bond of academic excellence. As the following statistics indicate, they excelled in their undergraduate studies, posting a median college GPA of 3.72 as a group, and they show outstanding promise for law studies with a median LSAT score of 168 (96th percentile).

75% GPA 3.86

Median GPA 3.72

25% GPA 3.52

75% LSAT 169

Median LSAT 168

25% LSAT 164

LLM students

The educational environment at Vanderbilt Law is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of LL.M. degree candidates in the student body. These foreign-educated lawyers come to Vanderbilt for one year of advanced study and research, taking classes and working with J.D. students in mutually beneficial relationships. The LLM Class of 2009 has 30 students from 16 nations, and members of the class include Fulbright Scholars, law professors, a public prosecutor, government ministry professionals, and attorneys affiliated with private firms and corporations, as well as a member of the NATO forces in Kosovo, a member of the Norwegian national show jumping team, and a member of the German Military National Field Hockey Team.

LLM Class of 2009 profile