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Class of 2016 profile

 Class of 2016 profile

J.D. Class of 2016 (first-year students, 2013-14)

  • 3,296 applications
  • 174 students (three first-year sections of 58 students)
  • 40% women
  • 17% minority
  • 23 median age
  • 35 states, Washington, DC and 5 foreign citizens - view list
  • 109 undergraduate colleges represented - view list
  • 13 students (7%) hold advanced degrees including MA, MAT, MBA, MS, PhD

Experience counts

The majority of the Class of 2016 (61%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 39% graduated at least two years before entering. Collectively, the members of the Class of 2016 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.

Many have worked ...

... for law firms or in-house counsel (sample): San Francisco, CA; Coral Gables, FL; Winter Park, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Johnson City, TN; Marshfield, OH; Boston, MA; Greenville, SC; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Stamford, CT; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Lawrence, KS; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Bloomington, IN; Nashville, TN; Baton Rouge, LA; Miami, FL; Austin, TX; New Orleans, LA; Waco, TX; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Tuscaloosa, AL; Waxahachie, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Fayetteville, NC; Little Falls, NJ; Tampa, FL; Tallahassee, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Albuquerque, NM; Houston, TX

... for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities (sample): U. S. Department of Justice; U.S. Department of Defense; U. S. House of Representatives; U. S. Senate; White House; U.S. Special Counsel; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; NASA Johnson Space Center; Florida Attorney General's Office; Maryland Lt. Governor's Office; Washington, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development; New York County District Attorney; Ft. Scott, Kansas, Economic Development Office; U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Connecticut State Senate; Arkansas Attorney General; Missouri State Public Defender; Office of Chief Counsel of Dallas, TX; City of St. Louis Mayor's Office; Prosecutor's Office, Canton, Ohio; Municipal Government, Qingdao, Shandong, China; Kane County (Illinois) State's Attorney; New York State Attorney General's Office; Shelby County (Tennessee) Drug Court; Wisconsin Department of Corrections; Columbia County (Georgia) Magistrate's Court; Public Defender Service of Washington, D.C.; Indian Governor's Office; U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

.. for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs (sample): Guardian ad Litem; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Tax Foundation; American Civil Liberties Union; National Center for Victims of Crime; Legal Aid Society; Committee on Foreign Relations; National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; Creative Response to Conflict; Center for American Progress; Tulane Law Domestic Violence Clinic; Texas Civil Rights Project; Eugene Bell Foundation; Center for International Policy; Chicago Bar Foundation; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; National Association of Counties; Teach for America; Aga Khan Foundation; George W. Bush Presidential Center; International Justice Mission; Catholic Charities; Southern Regional Education Board; Push America; AmeriCorps; Green Corps; A Better Chance; Habitat for Humanity

Members of the Class of 2016 collectively...

... have lived, worked or studied in: Afghanistan (2); Argentina (5); Australia; Austria (2); Belize; Bonaire; Brazil (2); Canada; Costa Rica (2); Czech Republic; Fiji; France (10); Germany (4); Ghana; Greece; Iraq; Israel; Italy (10); Japan (2); Luxembourg; Mexico (2); People's Republic of China (7); Peru (3); Qatar; Republic of China; Republic of Korea; Spain (11); Sweden; Switzerland (2); Tanzania; Turkey; Uganda; United Kingdom (13); Vietnam; Zanzibar

... and know these languages: Albanian; American sign language; Arabic (3); Bengali; Chinese (11, Cantonese, Chinese, Mandarin, Taiwanese); Dutch; French (24); German (4); Greek (2); Gujarati (2); Hebrew; Hindi (2); Italian (7); Japanese (2); Latin (6); Luganda; Portuguese (3); Romanian; Russian (3); Slovene; Spanish (46); Turkish; Urdu; Vietnamese

Members of the Class of 2016 include:

  • U. S. Army Officers (3)
  • U. S. Air Force Officer
  • U. S. Marines Officer
  • U. S. Navy Officer
  • Award-winning journalist
  • Steel pan musician
  • Professional basketball player in Qatar
  • Horseback riding instructor
  • Pamplona running of the bulls participant
  • Violinist at Carnegie Hall
  • Infant cognition researcher
  • Performer in the title role of the opera Don Giovanni
  • Sheep farm laborer, Devon, England
  • Expert chess competitor
  • Co-author: "Orai 1 regulates intracellular calcium, arrest, and shape polarization during neutrophil recruitment in shear flow"
  • Certified mediator
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Moonshine distillery bottler
  • Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award Recipient
  • Eagle Scouts (7)
  • Scuba divers (4)
  • Marathon runners (3)
  • Private pilot

A tradition of excellence

While the members of the Class have diverse backgrounds, 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.

J.D. Class of 2016:

75th percentile GPA:3.85

Median GPA: 3.74

25th percentile GPA: 3.45

75th percentile LSAT: 169 (96th percentile among test-takers)

Median LSAT: 167 (94th percentile among test-takers*)

25th percentile LSAT: 163 (87th percentile among test-takers)


Historic J.D. entering class statistics and links to prior class profiles