Washington and Lee University has enrolled 121 new students in the School of Law. The Class of 2014 is 55 percent female, the first time in the School's history that women have outnumbered men in the incoming class.
Although law school applications were down nationwide this year, the School still received 3,972 applications for admission, the third highest application volume in the history of the law school, representing approximately 33 applications per seat in the incoming class.
"Amongst the nation's top law schools, W&L Law offers a truly singular educational experience," says Brett Twitty, Director of Admissions for the School of Law. "Despite the challenges presented by the current legal market, we continue to attract talented students who value quality of life and who want to be part of a law school community where they will have an opportunity to build close friendships with their peers and be challenged by a faculty who will take a real interest in their growth and development as professionals."
According to a survey of entering students, the economic downturn continues to affect students' decisions to pursue graduate education with 74 percent of respondents indicating that the weak economy was a factor in their decision to attend law school. A large percentage of entering students also indicated that the School's innovative third-year curriculum was strong factor in their decision to attend W&L.
The median LSAT score for the entering class is 164, a score representing the 90th percentile of all LSAT test-takers. The median undergraduate grade point average for the class is 3.65. 77 percent of the class earned an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.44.
The first-year students hail from 30 states and earned undergraduate degrees from 89 different institutions. Political science remains one of the most popular undergraduate majors (28), with History (12), Philosophy (12), and English (8) also well-represented. Students in the Class of 2014 speak a variety of languages, including Spanish, French, Russian, Hindi, German, Italian, Chinese, Persian, Portuguese and Japanese.
The median age of class members is 23, with students ranging in age from 21 to 36. 40 percent of the class worked for two or more years following college before beginning law school. Three members of the class volunteered with Teach for America before arriving in Lexington, one worked for the National Park Service and one trained service dogs.
And thanks to an appearance on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, one student even has Carl Kassel on her home answering machine.