Twenty-three percent of the class of 2016 is included in the American Bar Association’s underrepresented minority classification. Twenty different states and 61 undergraduate institutions are represented, including Samford University, Chapman University, Brigham Young University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, Tulane University and a variety of University of California campuses. Forty-seven percent of the students were Washington residents before beginning classes at Gonzaga Law.
The Class of 2016 is smaller than the classes of 2015 and 2014. In response to the nationwide drop in applications to law school, Gonzaga once again chose to admit students who, in its experience, demonstrate the academic and personal characteristics that are strongly correlated with success in law school and post-law school career goals.
Academically, the new first year law students are very strong. The median Law School Admission Test scores of the Class of 2016 is 154, with a median undergraduate grade-point average of 3.26. Students arrive at Gonzaga Law from a wide variety of backgrounds, including some fluent in Japanese and Chinese, a published political cartoonist, parents, members of the U.S. Marines, Air Force and Army, recording artists, bartenders, poets, tennis professionals, and film festival coordinators.
“We are very enthusiastic about this group of students.” said Jane Korn, dean of Gonzaga Law. “It takes a lot of courage and determination to attend law school, and these students show extraordinary commitment to their education.”
These statistics are based on the first day of 2013 Orientation, Tuesday, Aug. 20. The official statistical report on the 2013 incoming class will be released in early October.