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J.D. Class of 2025

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J.D. Class of 2025 (first-year students 2022-23)

As of September 30, 2022

  • 5,817 applications 
  • 155 students (three first-year sections of 52 students)
  • 54% women
  • 35% minority
  • 23 median age
  • 37 states, D,C., Canada, China and India represented   |  view list  |
  • 98 undergraduate schools represented   |  view list  |
  • 8 students (5%) hold advanced degrees


Experience counts               

The majority of the Class of 2025 (58%) graduated college at least one year before entering VLS; 35% 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.

Members of the Class of 2025...                   

... have worked for law firms or in-house counsel in (sample):

Ann Arbor, MI; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Bellevue, WA; Bend, OR; Bingham Farms, MI; Boston, MA; Cadiz, KY; Charleston, SC; Charleston, WV; Charlotte, NC; Charlottesville, VA; Chicago, IL; City of Industry, CA; College Station, TX; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Dyersburg, TN; East Lansing, MI; Evans, GA; Fairview, OK; Framingham, MA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Gainesville, FL; Greenville, SC; Hattiesburg, MS; Kansas City, MO; Little Rock, AR; London, United Kingdom; Los Angeles, CA; McKinney, TX; Miami Lakes, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Palatka, FL; Playa del Rey, CA; Plymouth, MI; Providence, RI; Ridgeland, MS; Rockville, MD; Rui'an, China; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Saratoga Springs, NY; Tallahassee, FL; Tuscaloosa, AL; University Park, PA; Vestavia, AL

... have worked for government, prosecutors, public defenders, courts or municipalities (sample): 

Albany County District Attorney (NY); Arizona Department of Corrections; Arkansas Department of Commerce; Athens District Attorney's Office (GA); City of Columbus (OH); City of Laguna Nigel (CA); City of Little Rock Mayor's Office (AR); City of St. Paul (MN); Delaware County Bureau of Elections (PA); Delaware County District Attorney (PA); Federal Bureau of Investigation; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Federal Reserve of Kansas City; Fifth Judicial District of Minnesota; Franklin County Circuit Court (IN); Fulton County Juvenile Court (GA); International Monetary Fund; Lane County Health and Human Services (OR); Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (CA); Mecklenburg County Trial Court (NC); Metro Nashville Office of Family Safety; Mississippi Office of the State Auditor; Nashville Mayor's Office; National Cancer Institute; New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate; New Haven Public Defender's Office (CT); New York City Board of Elections; New York State Attorney General's Office; Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney (KY); Office of the Governor of New York; Office of the Nassau County Attorney (NY); Office of the New York City Public Advocate; Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office (GA); Orange County District Attorney's Office (CA); Orleans Public Defenders (LA); Parliament of Ghana; Perry Township Small Claims Court (IN); Pike County State's Attorney's Office (IL); Rhode Island State House; Santa Barbara County Criminal Court (CA); Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office (CA); Schenectady County Public Defender (NY); Smith County District Attorney's Office (TX); Tarrant County Criminal Court (TX); The White House; U.S. Attorney's Office (Greenville, SC; U.S. Attorney's Office (Washington, D.C.); U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Park Service; U.S. Senate; Village of Monroe Justice Court (NY); Washtenaw County Public Defender (MI); Westchester County Government Human Rights Commission (NY); Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender (GA); Worcester Court House (MA); Yolo County District Attorney's Office (CA); Yolo County Victim Services Program (CA)

... have worked for public interest organizations, non-profits, or NGOs (sample):

Alabama Wildlife Federation; Alaska SeaLife Center; American Bar Association; American Civil Liberties Union; American Foreign Policy Council; American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology; American Red Cross; AmeriCorps; Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation; Aspire Education; Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee; Brevard County Legal Aid (FL); CAPI Immigrant Opportunity Center; Center for Rural Affairs; Children's Defense Fund; City Year; Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Crowned for Purpose; CWS Global; Environmental Law Institute; Equal Justice Initiative; Faith and Freedom Coalition; Florida Legal Services; Georgetown University Law Center Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic; Georgia Resource Center; Greater Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations; Habitat for Humanity; Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program; Institute for Responsible Citizenship; Jewish United Fund of Chicago; Legal Aid Justice Center; Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent; Mano a Mano Family Resource Center; Money $heep; New Hampshire Children's Trust; New Orlean's Children's Advocacy Center; NextGen America; Project Transformation; Project Youth Court; RestoreHER; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Taiwan Association for Human Rights; The Arkansas Fund; The Borgen Project; The Carter Center; The Ecology Center; Ultimate Re-Entry Opportunity; US Together; Village Kulture; Volunteer Lawyers Project (Boston, MA); YMCA of Middle Tennessee; Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

...have lived, worked or studied in:

Afghanistan; Argentina (2); Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada (2); Chile; China (3); Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Denmark (3); Dominican Republic; Ecuador (2); France (3); Germany; Ghana; Greece (3); Hong Kong; Hungary; Ireland (2); Italy (2); Jordan; Kenya (2); Netherlands (2); Nigeria; Palestine; Panama; South Africa; South Korea; Spain (3); Switzerland; Taiwan; Togo; United Kingdom (7); Urugua

... know these languages: 

Afrikaans; Akan; American Sign Language (2); Amharic; Ancient Greek (3); Armenian; Cantonese; Chinese (4); Farsi (3); French (16); German (3); Gujarati; Hindi (3); Igbo; Italian (3); Japanese (2); Korean (5); Latin (4); Mandarin (3); Portuguese (2); Punjabi; Spanish (36); Tamil; Urdu;; Yoruba

Members of the class include... 

3D Artist
A Capella Singers (2)
African Dancer
AmeriCorps Members (3)
Bass Players (2)
Black Belt in Karate
Black Belt in Taekwando
Certified Public Accountants (3)
Children's Book Author
Coin Collectors (2)
Collegiate Baseball Players (2)
Collegiate Cheerleader
Collegiate Cross Country Runners (3)
Collegiate Figure Skater
Collegiate Golfers (3)
Collegiate Ice Hockey Player
Collegiate Lacrosse Player
Collegiate Rowers (5)
Collegiate Soccer Player
Collegiate Softball Player
Collegiate Swimmer
Collegiate Track & Field Athletes (2)
Colorado Trail Thru Hiker
Competitive Negotiator
Disney World Cast Member
Division 1 Football Player
Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer
Eagle Scouts (6)
Emergency Medical Technician 
Fashion Model
Freelance Actress/Singer
Graphic Designers (3)
Guitarists (5)
Harmonica Player
Honorary Black Belt in Kung Fu
Horsehead Fiddle Player
Jazz Singer
Legally Ordained Minister
Long Distance Bicyclist 
Marathon Runners (3)
Minor League Hockey Player
Miss South Dakota
Mixed Martial Artist
Mock Trial (8)
Moot Court (6)
Musical Theater Performer
National Park Guide
NFT Advisor
Pianists (4)
Piccolo Player
Pickleball Player
Podcast Hosts (2)
Pole Dancer
Postcard Collectors (2)
Pure Barre Certified Teacher
Real Estate Photographer
Rock Climbers (2)
Rock Climbing Guide
Rugby Players (3)
Sailors (2)
Schutzhund Dog Trainer
Scuba Divers (4)
Semi-Professional Soccer Player
Skeet Shooter
Ski Instructor
Spoken Word Poet
Stand-Up Comics (2)
Stray Animal Foster
String Artist 
Sustainable Gardener
Swing Dancer
Tang Soo Doo Martial Artist
Teach for America Corps Members (2)
U.S. Army (5)
Ukulele Players (4)
Ultra-Marathon Runner
Vinyl Record Collector
Viola Player
Violinist (3)

A tradition of excellence                

While the members of the Class of 2025 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 2025:               

75th percentile GPA: 3.98
Median GPA: 3.90
25th percentile GPA: 3.57
75th percentile LSAT: 170 (96th percentile among test-takers)
Median LSAT: 170 (96th percentile among test-takers)
25th percentile LSAT: 163 (83rd percentile among test-takers)

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