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Vanderbilt J.D. Class of 2019 profile

Vanderbilt JD Class of 2019


  • J.D. Class of 2019 (first-year students 2016-17) as of August 25, 2016
  • 4,380 applications
  • 204 students (three first-year sections of 68 students)
  • 49% women
  • 22% minority
  • 23 median age
  • 37 states, Washington, D.C., and international - view list
  • 124 undergraduate schools represented - view list
  • 11 students (5%) hold advanced degrees: M.A.(2); M.B.A. (2); M.Ed.; M.S. (5); M.Phil.
  • 2 JD/PhD Program in Law & Economics


Experience counts               

The majority of the Class of 2019 (58%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 46% were age 24 to 32 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): Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Charlottesville, VA; Chicago, IL; Coral Gables, FL; Crofton, MD; Decatur, TX; Denver, CO; Dublin, Ireland; East Brunswick, NJ; Flint, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Fullerton, CA; Gainesville, FL; Greenwood, AZ; Houston, TX; Kingston, PA; Lexington, KY; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Madison, WI; Martinsburg, WV; Memphis, TN; Mequon, WI; Miami, FL; Montgomery, AL; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Norman, OK; Oakland, NJ; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Rome, Italy; Spartanburg, SC; Washington, DC

... for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities (sample): Arkansas Attorney General's Office; Athens-Clarke County (GA) Solicitor General's Office; City Hall, Memphis, TN; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Dallas (TX) District Attorney; District Attorney's Office, Boulder, CO; Federal District Court of Northern Texas; Federal Public Defenders Office; Floyd County (GA) District Attorney; Fulton County (GA) District Attorney; Georgia State Capitol; Georgia State Legislature; Hamilton County (OH) Prosecutor's Office; Benton County (AR) Juvenile Court; Kentucky State Capitol; Manhattan (NY) District Attorney; Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney; Morgan County (IN) Court; Oak Ridge National Lab; Office of the Mayor, Nashville, TN; Office of the Mayor, New York, NY; Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General; Sarasota County (FL) Public Defender; South Carolina State House; Tennessee State Legislature; US Army; US Department of Commerce; US Department of Homeland Security; US Embassy, Dili, Timor-Leste; US Food and Drug Administration; US House District Offices; US House of Representatives; US Senate; US Senate District Offices; Van Nuys (CA) Superior Court; Virginia State Senate

... for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs (sample): Alabama Appleseed; American Bar Foundation; AmeriCorps; Amnesty International; Anti-Defamation League; Childrens Defense Fund; City Year; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Family Justice Center; Gateway Legal Services; Greenpeace; IMPACT; Liberty in North Korea; Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project; Mississippi Civil Rights Project; Peace Corps; Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent; Prairie State Legal Services; Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Sumner County (TN) Legal Aid Society; Teach for America; Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; UNICEF; Utah Juvenile Justice Services

Members of the Class of 2019 ...

...have lived, worked or studied in: Argentina (4); Australia (3); Austria; Brazil (2); Chile; China (5); Colombia; Costa Rica; Czech Republic (2); Denmark (2); Dominican Rep. (2); Ecuador; France (7); Germany (2); Haiti; Hungary; India; Ireland (3); Italy (7); Japan (3); Kenya; Kuwait; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Mexico; Nepal; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Norway; Palestine; Panama; Poland; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa (4); South Korea (3); Spain (7); Sweden; Switzerland (2); Taiwan; U.K. (18)

... know these languages: American Sign Language; Arabic (3); Bengali; Chinese (8); Creole; Darija; Farsi; French (10); German (7); Greek (3); Hebrew (4); Hindi (2); Italian (4); Japanese (4); Korean (3); Latin (2); Nepali; Ngabere; Portuguese (3); Russian (3); Spanish (35); Swedish; Tajik-Persian; Urdu

Some serious and some fun facts about the members of Class of 2019:

  •  U.S. Army (3)
  • Die-cast manufacturing supervisor
  • Olympic gold medalist
  • USA qualified archer
  • Berry farm worker
  • Probation agent
  • Football instant replay official
  • Stock trader
  • Professional violinist
  • CPA
  • Vineyard worker
  • Android app developer
  • Trained legal observer
  • Professional hockey coach, Norway
  • Didgeridoo maker/player
  • Radio basketball personality
  • Professional environmental analyst
  • Live-in stable hand
  • Amateur glass blower
  • ACC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Marching band trumpet squad leader
  • Carpentry and limestone masonry apprentice
  • Chartered financial analyst
  • Ministers
  • Pianists
  • Teachers
  • Tornado relief volunteer
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Ocean lifeguard
  • Trained vocalist
  • Hurdler
  • College mascot
  • Bhangza dancer (2)
  • Ballet instructor
  • Ballroom dancer
  • Debaters
  • Scuba diver (6)
  • Eagle Scout (5)
  • Powerlifter (2)
  • Marathoner (2)

A tradition of excellence               

While the members of the Class of 2019 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 2019:               

  • 75th percentile GPA: 3.85
  • Median GPA: 3.70
  • 25th percentile GPA: 3.50
  • 75th percentile LSAT: 168 (96th percentile among test-takers)
  • Median LSAT: 167 (94th percentile among test-takers)
  • 25th percentile LSAT: 162 (85th percentile among test-takers)


J.D. Class of 2019 Profile with VLS Fast Facts               

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