J.D. Class of 2020 (first-year students 2017-18) as of August 25, 2017
The majority of the Class of 2020 (65%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 46% were age 24 to 31 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): Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Beijing, China; Beverly Hills, CA; Birmingham, AL; Burlingame, CA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Coral Gables, FL; Costa Mesa, CA; Denver, CO; Dunwoody, GA; Fort Worth, TX; Gainesville, FL; Glasgow, KY Houston, TX; Huntsville, AL;Irvine, CA; Johnstown, PA; Knoxville, TN; Lakeland, FL; Lexington, KY; Longwood, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Melville, NY; Memphis, TN; Middlebury, VT; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Parsippany, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Plantation, FL; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Shanghai, China; St. Louis, MO; Stillwater, OK; Tampa, FL; Washington, DC; Wayne, PA; West Long Branch, NJ; White River Junction, VT
... for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities (sample): California State Senate; City of Chicago Bureau of Housing and Economic Development; Congressional District Office; Consulate General of Israel; DuPage County (IL) Government; Georgia State General Assembly; Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations; Monroe County (NY) Office of the D.A.; New York City Mayor’s Office; Office of the D.A., Glenwood Springs, CO; Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (NYC); Scottish Parliament; Tennessee State Legislature; Texas House of Representatives; Municipal Court of Xiamen; Public Defender Service of DC; U.S. Attorneys Offices; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Senate; U.S. Trade Representative
... for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs (sample): ACLU; Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus; Alliance for Children’s Rights; Bet Tzedek Legal Services; Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center; Brooklyn Defender Services; California Black Health Network; Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program- AmeriCorps; Coro Fellow; Council for Children’s Rights; Global Medical Brigades (Honduras); Grassroots Campaigns; Hudson Institute Center for Global Prosperity; Inherit Your Rights; Innocence Project; International Justice Mission; Louisiana Appleseed; Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; Michigan Association of Counties; NARAL Pro-Choice America; National Governors Association; National League of Cities; Reading Partners, AmeriCorps; State Collaborative on Restoring Education; Save the Children USA; TalksOnLaw; Teach for America; The International Justice Project; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; VITA; World Relief
Members of the Class of 2020 ...
...have lived, worked or studied in: Afghanistan; Argentina; Australia (3); Austria (2); Belgium; Canada (2); Chile (2); China (11); Cuba; Czech Republic; Dominican Rep. (2); Ecuador (3); Egypt; France (9); Germany (3); Ghana; Greece (3); Guatemala; Honduras; Hong Kong (2); Hungary (2); India (2); Ireland; Italy (4); Japan (2); Jordan; New Zealand; Korea (2); Latvia; Nicaragua; Philippines; Singapore; South Africa (2); Spain (15); Switzerland (2); Tanzania; Thailand (3); The Netherlands; Uganda; United Kingdom (13)
... know these languages: Arabic (5); Bengali; Chinese (10); Farsi; French (10); German (5); Greek (5); Haitian-Creole; Hebrew; Hindi; Italian; Korean (3); Latin; Luganda; Russian; Spanish (40); Thai; Urdu
Some serious and some fun facts about the members of Class of 2020:
A tradition of excellence
While the members of the Class of 2020 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 2020: