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J.D. Class of 2012 profile

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Applications: 4,851

  • For the Class of 2012, Vanderbilt received the largest number of applications in its history, experiencing a 12 percent increase over the previous year.

JD Class of 2012 - f irst-year class 2009-10 academic year

  • 195 students
  • 48% women
  • 21% minority students
  • Median age 23; 30% age 25 or older
  • Drawn from 38 states, DC , Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, and Norway
  • 102 undergraduate schools represented
  • 13 students hold advanced degrees

A wealth of experience

The majority of the class (60%) 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 Washington D.C.: Attorney General, Energy, Justice, Labor, State, Treasury, United Sates Senate, United States House of Representatives, White House. One member of the class served as Assistant Press Secretary to the First Lady, and another as US Dept Labor Assistant to the Press Secretary.

... for state governments, prosecutors, public defenders, courts, or municipalities in various locations: Attorney General's Office, NY; City Council, Memphis, TN; City Planning Department, Pittsburgh, PA; Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Salem, VA; County Clerk, Mineola, NY; County Court, Decatur, GA; District Attorney, Nashville, TN; Economic Development Commission, Jacksonville, FL; Georgia Secretary of State; Governor's Office, AL; Governor's Office, GA; Mayor's Office, Portland, OR; Prosecutor's Office, Detroit, MI; Public Defenders Office, Nashville, TN

Others have experience ...

... in law firms: Albany, NY; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Beijing; Birmingham, AL; Bismarck, ND; Boise, ID; Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Chicago, IL; Colton, CA; Columbia, SC; Coral Gables, FL; Denville, NJ; Frederick, MD; Glen Ellen, IL; Hamden, CT; Hong Kong; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Kansas City, KS; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Montgomery, AL; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Prescott, AZ; Providence, RI; Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Stillwater, OK; Syracuse, NY; Tampa, FL; Voorhees, NJ; Washington, DC; Westport, CT

... in non-profits and public service: Executive director of non-profit; Foundation for Defense of Democracies Counterterrorism Fellow; PBS Frontline research assistant; Mission Pastor and Director; Honduran orphanage teacher; South African orphanage teacher; Peace Corps , Ghana; AmeriCorps Team Leader; The Citizen's Commission on Civil Rights; Easter Seals National Youth Representative ; City Year; Court Appointed Special Advocate; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Georgia Justice Project; Victim and Witness Assistance; Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund

... or served in the military: United States Army (2); United States Marines (2); Republic of Korea Army

Members of the Class of 2012 have collectively worked or lived in ...

Austria, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom

.. speak these languages ....

Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, Dagbani, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Yoruba

.. and have played these varsity sports ...

Baseball, Biathlon, Boxing, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling. The roll of laurelled athletes includes 2005 140-pound Idaho Wrestling Champion, Ivy League Champion Cycling Team Captain, Nationally-ranked female amateur golfer, Equestrian Team Captain, Chicago Marathon 2008 26th female finisher, and All-American athletes in golf, swimming, and track and field.

Members of the class include ...

  • Registered patent agent
  • SCOTUS intern
  • Cotton warehouser
  • Expert testimony analyst
  • Carpenter
  • Project engineer evaluating scour potential for bridges
  • Tsinghua University Law School Legal Clinic student volunteer
  • Management consultants
  • English Lecturer at Czech university
  • Software quality engineer
  • Irish-American tap dance instructor
  • High school math teacher
  • CMT Production Assistant
  • Journalists
  • Guitarist and lead vocalist in Boston funk band
  • Flamenco enthusiast
  • Amateur Softball Association National Fastpitch Tournament Umpire
  • Princeton Southern Society Vice President (organized annual "Pig Pickin'" event)
  • Expert on the role of extended amygdala and ventral striatal opioids in reward and motivation
  • Sun Valley Ski Instructor
  • Tennessee State Museum Actor, Buffalo Bill Exhibit
  • Caregiver to baby goats
  • Seeing-eye puppy-raiser
  • Eagle Scouts (8)
  • Girl Scout Troop Leaders (2)
  • Skydivers (2)
  • Licensed private pilot

While the members of the Class of 2012 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 3.71 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 3.71

25% GPA 3.50


75% LSAT 169

Median LSAT 168

25% LSAT 164


LL.M. Class of 2010

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 and international students 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 2010 includes 29 students from 11 nations: China (13), France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan (4), Korea (2), Mexico (2), Nigeria, Thailand (2), and United Kingdom. There are thirteen women and sixteen men in the class. Eight students held advanced degrees upon entry to the LL.M. program: M.B.A. (1), Masters in Law (6), Ph.D. in Law (1).

Members of the class include�

  • Fulbright fellow and law school professor from India
  • Manager of the legal department of a major energy corporation in Seoul
  • Two leading government officials from Japan
  • In-house counsel for a Shanghai media group
  • Attorney from Nigeria who founded a law firm in Nashville
  • Member of the legal team for Sony, Japan
  • Dual citizen of Peru and Italy who is a human resources department manager with Caterpillar Corporation
  • Feature writer for an English language magazine in Russia
  • Intern for the German Consulate General in Los Angeles
  • World traveler from Paris who lived for 3 years on a small island in the Indian Ocean