UGA School of Law enrolls accomplished and majority-female first-year class

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Writer: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu
Contact: Paul B. Rollins, 706/542-7060, rollins@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - Today, one of the most academically talented classes in the University of Georgia School of Law's history begins the three-year pursuit of a law degree. The entering class is composed of 229 students, which represent a median undergraduate grade point average of 3.67 and a median Law School Admission Test score of 163, placing them among the top 12 percent of test takers nationwide. Both of these statistics tie existing school records. Furthermore, the top quarter of the class achieved an LSAT score of 164 or higher and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.82.

"We are very pleased with the caliber of this year's entering class," School of Law Director of Admissions Paul B. Rollins said. "Members of the admissions committee reviewed nearly 2,300 applications with the goal of identifying those who would excel in the study of law. One of the primary missions of the School of Law is to produce future leaders for our state, region and beyond. We are confident that this class continues our proud tradition."

For the second time in School of Law history, the majority of the first-year class is composed of females. This year's class includes 115 females and 114 males. The only other time there was a majority female class was in 2004.

The entering Class of 2008 also represents a diverse and accomplished group of students. Although the majority (76 percent) of the members of the class are state residents, the students come to the school from 22 different states. Approximately 22 percent self-identified as members of a minority group, including 28 students who called themselves African-Americans. Members of this class studied at 72 different undergraduate institutions. Among the most popular feeder schools for this class are: the University of Georgia (83), Emory University (17), Georgia State University (7), the University of Florida (7), the University of Virginia (7), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (7), Furman University (6) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (5). The most popular undergraduate degrees are political science, business, English and history.

The School of Law is routinely ranked among the top public law schools in the nation.

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