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:
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: