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Class of 2013 profile

JD Class of 2013

Applications: 4,885

  • For the Class of 2013, Vanderbilt received the largest number of applications in its history.

JD Class of 2013 - first-year class during the 2010-11 academic year

  • 193 students
  • 47% women
  • 26% minority
  • Median age 23; 22% age 25 or older
  • Drawn from 33 states, DC, Canada, China, and Gambia list
  • 97 undergraduate schools represented list
  • 17 students (9%) hold advanced degrees includign MA, MBA, MEd, MS, MSc, PhD

A wealth of experience

The majority of the class (55%) 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. (sample): U.S. Attorney General; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Senate; U.S. House of Representatives; White House.

... for state governments, prosecutors, public defenders, courts, or municipalities in various locations (sample): Alaska State Legislature; City of Newark, NJ; Department of Veterans' Affairs, Nashville, TN; General Counsel, City of Jacksonville, FL; Intermediate People's Court of Yingkou, China; Kentucky Governor's Office; Louisiana House of Representatives; Ombudsman, City of Detroit, MI; State Attorney's Officew, New Haven, CT; Superior Court, Seattle, WA; U.S. Navy Construction Center, Gulfport, MS; U.S. Attorney's Office, Memphis, TN; U.S. Embassy, Senegal

Others have experience ...

... in law firms (sample): Anshan, China; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Durham, NC; El Segundo, CA; Houston, TX; Irvine, CA; Knoxville, TN; Little Rock, AR; London, England; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Mobile, AL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Newark, DE; Tampa, FL; Tokyo, Japan; Washington, DC;

... in non-profits and public service (sample): Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, India; Public Interest Law Clearinghouse, Australia; Health educator, Kenya; Orphanage volunteer, Tanzania; NC Guardian ad Litem; Archaeology volunteer, Gettysburg, PA; Juvenile Justice Center; Teen Court; Justice Corps; Teach for America; Child advocate; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Sentencing Commission; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

... or in the military: United States Army (2); Israeli Defense Forces

Members of the Class of 2013 have collectively worked or studied in ...

Argentina (4); Austria (3); Australia (4); Belgium; Belize; Cambodia (2); Cameroon; Canada (3); China (10); Costa Rica (5); Czech Republic (2); Denmark; Dominican Republic (3); El Salvador (2); England (24); France (13); Germany (2); Gambia; Honduras; Hungary (2); India (2); Indonesia (2); Iraq (2); Israel (2); Italy (4); Japan (2); Kenya (2); Kazakhstan; Korea (2); Malawi; Mexico; Morocco (2); New Zealand; Nigeria; Paraguay; Peru; Poland; Senegal (2); Singapore; Spain (12); South Africa; Switzerland; Qatar; Tanzania (2); Thailand; Trinidad; Tunisia; Uganda; Vietnam

.. speak these languages ....

Akan; American sign language (2, one a qualified interpreter); Arabic (2); Attic Greek (translation); Bengali; Danish; Farsi; French (33); German (5); Hebrew; Hindi (3); Italian (3); Japanese (2); Khmer; Korean (2); Latin (3); Mandarin (6); Mandinka; Portuguese; Romanian; Russian (2); Spanish (43); Tagalog; Telugu; Urdu; Wolof; Zulu

Members of the class include ...

  • CIA intelligence analyst
  • English professor
  • Salsa dancer
  • Director of Hip Hop company
  • Engineers
  • Figure skating coach
  • Production coordinator, Bill Moyers Journal
  • Licensed D.C. tour guide
  • Pre-professional dancer, NYC Ballet
  • PRC bar-qualified attorney
  • Journalists
  • Licensed bartender
  • Brewing company tasting room operator
  • Associate member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
  • Actuary
  • Professional debt collector
  • Certified Public Accountant (2)
  • Irish step dancer
  • Drum Major
  • Marching Band President
  • Appalachian Trail hiker (2,175 miles, Maine to Georgia)
  • Cyclist who crossed U.S. for for fundraising and awareness of affordable housing
  • Winner of 2003 Royal Conservatory of Music Central Canada Harp Medal
  • Wrestler ranked 16th nationally
  • Polo player
  • Classically-trained baritone
  • Director of jazz dance company
  • Singer / songwriter, wrote song for HBO's Entourage
  • Numismatist / numismatics analyst
  • Eagle Scouts (3)
  • Scuba divers (3)

While the members of the Class of 2013 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 169 (97th percentile among test-takers).


75% GPA 3.82

Median GPA 3.72

25% GPA 3.50


75% LSAT 170

Median LSAT 169

25% LSAT 165


J.D. entering class statistics, 2001 - 2010


LL.M. Class of 2011

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 2011 includes 26 students from 7 nations: Brazil, China (14), Germany (3), Korea (3), Nicaragua, Thailand (3), and Turkey. There are fourteen women and twelve men in the class. Four students held advanced degrees upon entry to the LL.M. program: Masters in Law (2), Ph.D. in Law (2).