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Vanderbilt J.D.Class of 2014 profile

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JD Class of 2014 (first-year students, 2011-12)

  • 3,987 applications
  • 194 students (three first-year sections of about 65 students)
  • 44% women
  • 23% minority
  • 23 median age
  • 34 states, Washington, DC and 6 foreign nations represented - view list
  • 99 undergraduate colleges represented - view list
  • 15 students (8%) hold advanced degrees including MA, MBA, MEd, MPA, PhD

Experience counts

The majority of the Class of 2014 (59%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 40% graduated at least two years before entering. Collectively, the members of the Class of 2014 brings a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. Their backgrounds include business, science, education, technology, service, public policy, the military, and graduate training in a number of fields.

Many have worked ...

... in Washington, DC (sample): U.S Supreme Court,U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

... for state governments, prosecutors, public defenders courts or municiplaities in various locations (sample): District Attorney, New York; Public Defender, Tennessee; Attorney General of Ohio; Florida Governor's Office; Family Court, Minnesota; New York State Superior Court; Supreme Court of Missouri; Governor's Legal Counsel, Kentucky; Milwaukee Bar Association; City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee

.. for law firms in (sample): West Allis, WI; Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; Pasadena, CA; Dublin, GA; Bowling Green, KY; Miami, FL; Northampton, MA; Indianapolis, IN; New York, NY; Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Overland Park, KS; Washington, DC; Santa Monica, CA; Atlanta, GA; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Austin, TX; Wichita, KS; Ocean City, MD; Los Angeles, CA; Shanghai, China

Members of the Class of 2014 collectively...

... have worked or studied in: Afghanistan, Argentina (4), Austria, Australia (2), Belgium (2), Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (3), Chile (2), China (6), Costa Rica (2), Czech Republic (3), Domincan Republic, Ecuador (4), Egypt, Finland, France (5), Germany (5), Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, India (3), Italy (5), Indonesia, Ireland (5), Israel, Japan, Jordan (2), Kenya, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mali, Mexico, (2), Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua (3), Norway, Russia (3), South Korea, Spain (5), South Africa (2), Sweden (2), Switzerland (2), Thailand, Trinidad, United Kingdom (14), Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

... and speak these languages: American sign language, Arabic (4), Bambara, Bengali, Creole, Czech, Farsi, Finnish (2), French (21), German (8), Hebrew (2), Hindi (3), Italian (6), Japanese (2), Korean (3), Latin (4), Mandarin (7), Persian, Portuguese (3), Russian (4), Sanskrit, Spanish (35), Swedish (2), Thai, Yoruba

Members of the Class of 2014 include:

  • Military service: US Army (2); US Marine Corps; Finland Naval Command
  • Member of the People's Republic of China bar
  • Producer CNN Washington Bureau
  • Line therapist for autistic children
  • Peace Corps, Mali
  • VLS double legacy
  • Lockheed Martin quality assurance for NASA space shuttle
  • Costume designer
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Organic farm worker in Hawaii
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • US Director, Manna Project International
  • Moscow Times intern
  • Web designer
  • English teachers in Kenya, Cambodia, and France
  • Translator in Ecuador
  • Vanderbilt Student Body President
  • National Champion, American Debate Association
  • #1 National Cocker Spaniel Jr. Handler
  • Online bakery owner
  • Yoga teacher
  • Harpist
  • Teach for America (6)
  • Eagle Scouts (5)
  • Scuba divers (3)
  • Professional baseball players (2)
  • Pilot
  • Skydiver

A tradition of excellence

While the members of the Class of 2014 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 undergraduate GPA of 3.73 as a group, and they show outstanding promise for law studies with a median LSAT score of 169 (97th percentile among test-takers).

J.D. Class of 2014:

75th percentile GPA: 3.84

Median GPA: 3.73

25th percentile GPA: 3.48


75th percentile LSAT: 170 (97th percentile among test-takers*)

Median LSAT: 169 (97th percentile among test-takers*)

25th percentile LSAT: 165 (92nd percentile among test-takers)

* LSAC reports both 169 and 170 as 97th percentile scores


J.D. entering class statistics, 2001 - 2011


LL.M. Class of 2012

The educational environment at VLS is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of LL.M. degree candidates in the student body. These forreign-educated lawyers and international students have received degrees in law from the world's finest universities before coming to Vanderbilt for one-year of advanced study and research. LL.M. students take classes with J.D. students and work together to develop mutually beneficial relationships.

The LL.M. Class of 2012 includes 40 students from 10 nations:

  • Belgium
  • China (16)
  • Germany (2)
  • India
  • Japan (12)
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan R.O.C. (3)
  • Turkey.

Members of the class obtained their first degree in law at 30 universities - view list

Members of the class include ...

  • Six hold Master of Law degree
  • Members of the bar in 8 countries
  • Partner with a law firm in Mexico
  • Associates with law firms in Japan and China
  • Chief Investigator and Inspector General for Customs, Government of Turkey
  • Managers of corporate legal department of an asset management company in Japan
  • Intern with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Panama