J.D. Class of 2021 (first-year students 2018-19)
The majority of the Class of 2021 (61%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 31% were age 25 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): Ann Arbor, MI; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Blue Bell, PA; Boston, MA; Brandon, FL; Brentwood, CA; Cape Coral, FL; Conshohocken, PA; Cumming, GA; Dallas, TX; Davidson, NC; Dyersburg, TN; El Paso, TX; Farmington Hills, MI; Fishers, IN; Florence, AL; Fort Worth, TX; Gainesville, GA; Garden City, NY; Glastonbury, CT; Katowice, Poland; Knoxville, TN; Lakeland, FL; Lexington, KY; Los Angeles, CA; Madrid, Spain; Miami, FL; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Oxford, MS; Philadelphia, PA; Santa Barbara, CA; Seattle, WA; Sevierville, TN; Somerset, NJ; Tampa, FL; Washington, DC
... for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities (sample): Bergen County (NJ) Executive Office; Bexar County (TX) DA’s Office; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Canadian Parliament; Consumer Protection Division, KY AG; DuPage County (IL) Board Office; Federal Judicial Center; Federal Magistrate, Kansas City, MO; Florida House of Representatives; Hall County (GA) Solicitor’s Office; Juvenile Court System of Memphis, TN; King's County District Attorney's Office; Lee County (AL) Clerk’s Office; Massachusetts House; Michigan Dept.of Environmental Quality; Monroe County (NY) Law Department; NASA; NJ Department of Labor; NOLA Bur.of Governmental Research; N Y County DA’s Office; Off. of the Fed. Ombudsman of Pakistan; Office of the Mayor, Nashville; Office to the Governor of Colorado; Parliament of the United Kingdom; Prosecutor’s Off. Leelanau County (MI); Pub. Defender’s Off. Shelby County, TN; Queens County (NY) DA’s Office; Supreme Court of the Philippines; The White House; US Department of Justice; US Attorney Offices; US Probation and Pretrial Services; US Department of Commerce; US Department of State; US House of Representatives; US Patent and Trademark Office; US Senate; Wrongful Conviction Proj., OH Pub. Def.
... for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs (sample): American Civil Liberties Union; American Constitution Society; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Animal Protection Society; Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Bread for the World; Center for American Progress; Center for Neighborhood Technology; Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Cuban American National Foundation; Habitat for Humanity; Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU; Lawyers for Children; Legal Aid Society; Legal Services of Eastern Missouri; MOVE San Antonio; National Alliance to End Homelessness; National Community Action Foundation; Public Interest Law Center, Philadelphia, PA; Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services; RESULTS (Anti-Poverty Activists); Salvation Army; Sikh Society of Kentucky; Tennessee Holocaust Commission; ¡United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Members of the Class of 2021 ...
...have lived, worked or studied in: Afghanistan; Argentina (2); Austria; Belgium; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; China (4); Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Czech Republic (2); Denmark (2); Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Estonia; Ethiopia; France (7); Germany (4); Greece (2); Guatemala; India; Israel (2); Italy (6); Japan; Jordan; Korea (2); Latvia; Morocco; New Zealand; Peru; Philippines; Poland; Russia; Rwanda; Serbia; South Africa (3); South Korea (2); Spain (8); Sri Lanka; Sudan; The Netherlands; Uganda; U. K. (17)
... know these languages: American Sign Language (3); Arabic (2); Chinese (7); Czech; French (17); German (6); Greek; Hebrew; Hindi; Italian (2); Korean (4); Latin (3); Polish; Punjabi; Russian (3); Spanish (33); Tagalog; Ukranian; Xhosa
Some serious and some fun facts about the members of Class of 2021:
A tradition of excellence
While the members of the Class of 2021 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 2021: