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J.D. Class of 2021

 Vanderbilt Law JD Class of 2021


 J.D. Class of 2021 (first-year students 2018-19) 

  • 5,143 applicants
  • 180 students (three first-year sections of 56 students)
  • 52% women
  • 28% minority
  • 23 median age
  • 32 states and Washington, D.C.   | view list |
  • 110 undergraduate schools represented   | view list |
  • 11 students (6%) hold advanced degrees: M.S.(3); M.S.W. (3); M.A. (2); M.B.A.; M.M.; M.T.S.


Experience counts               

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:

  • U.S. Army (4)
  • Peace Corps member
  • Advertising professionals
  • Blacksmith Demonstrator
  • Registered attorney in Spain
  • TFA members
  • Campaign managers
  • College newspaper managing editor
  • Construction materials technician
  • Corporate legislative assistant
  • Cancer genetics lab technician
  • Tax associate
  • Risk assurance associate
  • Flight attendant
  • Real estate professional
  • Card magician
  • City Year corps members
  • Homeless disability coordinator
  • Classic novel collector
  • Maine lobster marketing consultant
  • Political researcher
  • Socio-therapist
  • Aircraft Strategic Sourcing Agent
  • Technical writer
  • Diamond specialist
  • Debate coach
  • Management consulting professionals
  • Public relations professionals
  • Elementary school teachers
  • Ropes Course Operator
  • Founder of custom cake business
  • Horse wrangler
  • Environmental Progress Fellow
  • Medical center lab assistant
  • Professional guitarist
  • Investment analysts
  • Renaissance faire cast member
  • Irish dance competitor and performer
  • Middle school teachers
  • NFL team social media manager
  • Opera singer
  • Comedy troupe performer
  • Competitive horseback rider
  • Distance runners
  • Tennis pro
  • College a capella group Musc Director
  • College synchronized skating team captain
  • Submarine college baseball pitcher
  • Rowers
  • Salsa instructor
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Karate black belt
  • Krav Maga Yellow Belt
  • Girl Scouts Silver Award recipient
  • Eagle Scout (3)
  • Student Body President (3)
  • Drum and bugle corps members (2)
  • Fly fishers (2)
  • SCUBA (2)
  • Sky diver (2)


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:               

  • 75th percentile GPA: 3.87
  • Median GPA: 3.80
  • 25th percentile GPA: 3.61
  • 75th percentile LSAT: 168 (96th percentile among test-takers)
  • Median LSAT: 167 (94th percentile among test-takers)
  • 25th percentile LSAT: 161 (82nd percentile among test-takers)


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