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Class of 2018 profile

JD Class of 2018


J.D. Class of 2018 (first-year students 2015-16) as of August 24, 2015

  • 3,852 applications
  • 162 students (three first-year sections of 54 students)
  • 54% women
  • 21% minority
  • 23 median age
  • 33 states, Washington, D.C., Ontario - view list
  • 105 undergraduate schools represented - view list
  • 13 students (8%) hold advanced degrees: M.A.(7); M.Acc.; M.Ed.; M.P.A.; M.P.H.; Ph.D.

Experience counts

The majority of the Class of 2018 (62%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 47% were age 24 to 35 at entry. Collectively, the members of the class 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): Abilene, TX; Anderson, SC; Atlanta GA; Austin, TX; Bellefontaine, OH; Boston, MA; Bryon, TX; Burlington, KY; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Dublin, Ireland; Fort Thomas, KY; Fort Wayne, IN; Greenville, SC; Hackensack, NJ; Herculaneum, MO; Houston, TX; Huntsville, AL; Kentwood, MI; Lexington, KY; London, UK; Louisville, KY; Loveland OH; McLean VA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Newport News, VA; Orangeburg, NY; Orlando, FL; Pine Bluff, AR; Pittsburgh, PA Port Jervis, NY; Princeton, NJ; Santa Monica, CA; Sevierville, TN; Springfield, MO; Tampa, FL; Tucson, AZ; Vero Beach, FL; Virginia Beach, VA; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE

... for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities (sample): Advocacy Center of Tompkins County (NY); Centers for Disease Control; Chicago Federal Civil Rights Division; Chief Justice 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida; Chief Justice State Court of Bolton Co. (GA); Children’s Advocacy Center, Collin Co. (TX); Commonwealth's Attorney (KY); Community Corrections, Boone, NC; Governor’s (OR) Citizens’ Representative Off.; ¡Imperial County (CA) District Attorney; Massachusetts House of Representatives; Michigan House of Representatives; Morris County (NJ) Superior Court; NASA Langley Research Center; National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform; New York State Legislature; Office of Governor of Minnesota; Office of the Staff Judge Advocate; Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender; Office of US Trade Representative; Orange County (CA) Office of Public Defender; Philadelphia District Attorney; Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Pine Bluff, AR; Richland County (SC) Public Defender; US Army; US Attorney Offices; US Department of Agriculture; US Department of Commerce; US Department of Defense; US Department of Justice; US Environmental Protection Agency; US House of Representatives; US Navy; US Senate; USAID; White House Office of the Vice President

... for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs (sample): African Refugee Center, NY; ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Africa; American Civil Liberties Union; American Federation of Teachers; AmeriCorps; Amnesty International; Atlanta Community Food Bank; Campaign for Youth Justice; Center for Public Integrity; City Year; Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence; Community Legal Aid, OH; Environmental Defense Fund; Habitat for Huminity; Human Rights Watch; International Law Institute, DC; Media Matters for America; Memphis Area Legal Services; Meta Peace Team; Mission to the World AIDS Project; National Endowment for the Humanities; Peace Corps; San Diego Youth Services; Soulsville Foundation; Strong Women Strong Girls; Teach for America; Fuller Center for Housing, NJ; The Nature Conservancy; Urban Institute; Vera Institute of Justice; Williamson County (TN) Heritage Foundation

 Members of the Class of 2018 ...

...have lived, worked or studied in: Afghanistan (2); Antarctica; Argentina (6); Australia; Austria; Belgium (2); Cambodia; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica (3); Denmark; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Ethiopia; France (10); Germany (6); Greece (3); Guatemala; Haiti (2); Honduras (2); Hungary; Indonesia (2); Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy (3); Jordan; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Mexico (3); Morocco (3); New Zealand (2); Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Russia; Rwanda; South Africa; South Korea (2); Spain (11); Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey (2); United Kingdom (7)

... know these languages: Arabic (3); Danish; French (16); Gaeilge; German (5); Greek (2); Haitian Creole; Hausa; Indonesian; Italian (8); Japanese; Koine Greek; Korean; Latin (4); Malayalam; Mandarin; Polish; Portuguese; Russian (3); Spanish (29)

Some serious and some fun facts about the members of Class of 2018:

  • Tundra Disaster Response Survival Certification
  • Award for Excellence in Radio Drama
  • Marching Band Tuba Section Leader
  • Professional Actor
  • Quality Assurance Technician, Leader Creek Fishery, Naknek, Alaska
  • District Member of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians
  • Antique book collector
  • National Outdoor Leadership School, Alaska
  • 1st place, Portland’s Songwriter Showcase
  • Creator, Hydration Beverage Company
  • Zoo Security Ranger
  • Trained aerial and circus performer
  • Biological technician, US Forest Service
  • Sailed to 16 countries in Europe, Africa, and South America
  • Bicycled across US for charity
  • Vanderbilt Student Government Vice President (CAS)
  • Commercial electrician
  • Swine exporter
  • Four-time Youth National Champion, Arabian Horse Association
  • Triathletes
  • Marathoners
  • Swing dancers
  • Certified SCUBA diver (2)
  • Tae Kwon Do Black Belt (2)
  • Eagle Scout (5)

 A tradition of excellence

While the members of the Class of 2018 comprise a diverse group in multiple dimensions, 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 2018:

  • 75th percentile GPA: 3.83
  • Median GPA: 3.74
  • 25th percentile GPA: 3.50
  • 75th percentile LSAT: 168 (96th percentile among test-takers)
  • Median LSAT: 166 (93rd percentile among test-takers)
  • 25th percentile LSAT: 161 (83rd percentile among test-takers)

J.D. Class of 2018 Profile with VLS Fast Facts

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