The Incoming Class of 2015 By The Numbers
|Traditional & Accelerated Class|
|Number of States Represented||20|
|25th Percentile LSAT||151|
|75th Percentile LSAT||156|
|25th Percentile GPA||2.98|
|75th Percentile GPA||3.49|
*These statistics are based on the first day of fall classes, September 2, 2015.
About the incoming class of 2015
The Gonzaga Law Class of 2018 has officially arrived on campus. Of course, these fall incoming students are only part of the story. Earlier this summer, we also welcomed new Accelerated Two-Year students, Early Start students, and students enrolled in the new J.D. for Internationally Educated Lawyers Program. Altogether, Gonzaga Law has welcomed in 127 1L students and 4 students for the J.D. for Internationally Educated Lawyers Program.
These deserving 1L students were picked out of a group of 860 applicants. Dean Korn shared with the students at orientation, “You were chosen because we believe in your ability to succeed as a law student and as a lawyer.” The Admissions Committee found many extraordinary qualities in this year’s incoming class. Not only have they been successful academically, achieving a median LSAT score of 153 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.25, but they have unique and valuable life experiences that will enrich their time in law school.
Represented among these 127 students are at least thirteen different languages (including Sranan Tongo, Vietnamese, and Tagalog). They come from 20 different states and 13% self-identify as coming from an ethnically diverse background. There are those who have studied philosophy, theater, social work, biology, theology, women’s studies, art history, computer science, and more at one of the 65 total undergraduate universities represented.
With an average age of 26, these students also have life experiences outside their undergraduate education. This class includes a police officer, firefighters, teachers, a blacksmith, a yoga instructor, four Eagle Scouts, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a walk-on the WSU football team, and an ice curler.
Keeping in line with the Gonzaga Law mission, our 1L class has the required substantive knowledge and practical skills but also the ethical values we expect. The class includes students who have volunteered with abused and neglected children at CASA, educated youth on issues involving depression and internet safety with notMYkid, served in the various branches of the US Military (even earning distinguished awards), completed mission trips all over the world, worked with the Peace Corps, assisted the HandsOn Great Phoenix program, petitioned to save businesses and wetlands in Snohomish County, founded “Cowgirl’s Loyalty Charity”, mentored Spokane youth through Campus Kids, rescued or fostered animals in need, volunteered with Mission Possible, and given back to their community in even more ways than this.
A Bright Future
These achievements are just the beginning. Their journey through law school begins today and will continue for the next two or three years but we are most excited about the things these students will be empowered to accomplish once they receive their J.D. from Gonzaga Law. We expect great things from all of our students and congratulation this new incoming class on what they have already achieved.