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J.D. Class of 2022


 J.D. Class of 2022 (first-year students 2019-20) 

  • 5,305 applicants
  • 174 students (three first-year sections of 58 students)
  • 48% women
  • 25% minority
  • 23 median age
  • 35 states; Washington, D.C.; China; and Mexico represented   | view list |
  • 108 undergraduate schools represented   | view list |
  • 8 students (5%) hold advanced degrees: M.A. (2); M.S.(4); M.P.P.; Ph.D.


Experience counts               

The majority of the Class of 2022 (63%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 29% 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.


Members of the Class of 2022...                  

... have worked for law firms or in-house counsel (sample): Alexandria, VA; Arlington Hts., IL; Arlington, VA; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Beijing, China; Brooklyn Cntr, MN; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, TN; College Station, TX; Costa Mesa, CA; Dallas, TX; Danville, KY; Davis, CA; Dublin, Ireland; Easton, PA; Edwardsville, IL; Fort Worth, TX; Garden City, NY; Greenville, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Kingsport, TN; Knoxville, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Marietta, GA; Minneapolis, MN; Moultonborough, NH; Naperville, IL; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; Raleigh, NC; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Rochester, NY; Rockville, MD; Santa Ana, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Shreveport, LA; Tupelo, MS; Valley Forge, PA; Waco, TX; Washington, DC; West Chester, OH; White Plains, NY

 ... have worked for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities (sample): Anderson County DA's Office (TX); Brewster Dept of Natural Resources (MA); Connecticut Office of the Attorney General; Fayetteville City Prosecutor's Office (AR); Federal Bankruptcy Court, Shreveport, LA; Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; Florida State Senate; Georgia General Assembly; Georgia House of Representatives; Georgia Municipal Association; Howard Co. District Ct., Ellicott City, MD; Metro Office of Family Safety, Nashville; Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Kentucky Governor's Office; Maryland General Assembly; New York State Supreme Court; New York State Unified Court System; NY County DA's Office; Off. of the Attorney General of DC; Office of the Governor of Texas; Office of the Governor or Georgia; Office of Colorado Governor; Public Defender Service (DC); Queens County DA's Office; RI Office of the Attorney General; So. Florida Water Management District; State Attorney's Office, FL; Suffolk Co. Dist. Attorney's Office, MA; Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan; UK Parliament; US Bankruptcy Court in Colorado; US Attorney's Office, E. Dist. of NY; US Attorney's Office, Mid. Dist. of FL; US Attorney's Office, Dist. of Columbia; US Department of Homeland Security; US Department of State; US District Court, S. District of NY; US District Court, N. District of AL; US House of Representatives; US Senate

... have worked for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs (sample): American Civil Liberties Union; American Enterprise Institute; Asian American Dispute Resolution Center; Autism Speaks; Beit Hagefen Jewish-Arab Cultural Center; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Border Servant Corps; Boys and Girls Haven; Child Care Aware of America; Citizens Climate Lobby; Collier County Legal Aid (FL); Children's Miracle Network; Dekalb Rape Crisis Cntr. and Day League; Environmental Defense Cntr., CA; Financial Freedom Center at NAACP ; Fulbright Fellow; Fund for the Public Interest, NY; Georgia Red Cross; Global Rights for Women, MN; Good Shepherd Services; Habitat for Humanity; Heritage Foundation; Human Rights Watch; International Rescue Committee; Justice Action Network; Kings Co. District Attorney's Office, NY; Legal Advocacy and Resource Cntr, MA; Legal Aid Society of Columbus, OH; Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; Mount Sinai Sexual Assault; Nashville Adult Literacy Council; NextGen America, Philadelphia; Nonprofit Finance Fund, Oakland, CA; Ohio Innocence Project; Peace Corps; Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS); REACH Domestic Violence Agency, MA; Restore Hope, Little Rock, AR; Rikers Debate Project; Southern Legal Counsel; The Children's Campaign, Tallahassee; The Ireland Fund; US Global Leadership Coalition; Veterans Legal Clinic of Harvard Law; DC Legal Clinic for the Homeless     

...have lived, worked or studied in: Afghanistan (2); Argentina; Australia (3); Belgium; Canada (2); Chile; China (6); Colombia; Croatia; Czech Republic; Dominican Rep. (2); Egypt; Ethiopia; Fiji; France (7); Germany (8); Greece; Haiti (2); India; Ireland (3); Israel (4); Italy (12); Japan (3); Malaysia; Mexico (2); Netherlands; Nigeria; Portugal; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Africa (4); South Korea (5); Spain (5); Switzerland (2);  United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom (17); Viet Nam

... know these languages: Arabic (4); Chinese (3); Czech; Dutch; French (16); German (6); Haitian Creole; Hebrew (2); Hindi; Italian (7); Japanese (3); Korean (4); Latin (2); Portuguese (3); Russian (2); Sanskrit; Shanghainese; Spanish (24); Tagalog

Members of the Class include...

  • A Cappella Singers
  • Actors
  • Admissions Professionals
  • Backpackers
  • Baker
  • Baristas
  • Beauty Counter Consultant
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo (2)
  • Blogger
  • Boxer
  • Cheerleaders
  • Co-founder of eSports tourneys
  • College Baseball
  • College Basketball
  • College Crew
  • College Cross Country/Track
  • College Football
  • College Lacrosse
  • College Rugby
  • College Soccer (2)
  • College Swim (3)
  • College Volleyball
  • College Tennis (2)
  • Comic Convention volunteer
  • Communications professionals
  • Competitive Irish Dancer
  • Concert Cellist
  • Consulting Analysts
  • CPAs
  • Dance Choreographer (2)
  • Dog Rescue Volunteers
  • Eagle Scout (8)
  • Equestrian (2)
  • Financial Analysts
  • Fly-fisher (2)
  • Fulbright Scholar (2)
  • Gaelic Football League
  • Ice Climber
  • Ironman Participant
  • Latin Ballroom Dancer
  • Licensed Private Pilot
  • Marathon Runners
  • Marketing Associate
  • Missionary
  • Opera Singer
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Professional Pianist (2)
  • Published Poet
  • Race Car Driver
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Rock Climber
  • Routesetter at a Rock Gym
  • Sailing Team
  • Scuba Diver (5)
  • Senior Citizen Art Instructor
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Small Business Owner
  • Special Olympics Coach (2)
  • Sub five-minute miler
  • Surfer (2)
  • Teach for America
  • Tradeshow Manager
  • US Army (3)
  • US Navy (2)
  • Vipassana Monk
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Zip-line Tour Guide


A tradition of excellence               

While the members of the Class of 2022 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 2022:               

  • 75th percentile GPA: 3.87
  • Median GPA: 3.80
  • 25th percentile GPA: 3.56
  • 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)


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