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OUTSTANDING CLASS ENROLLS AT UGA LAW SCHOOL

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Monday, August 14, 2000

WRITER: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172, pharr@arches.uga.edu CONTACT: Dr. Giles W. Kennedy, Admissions Director, (706) 542-7060

OUTSTANDING CLASS ENROLLS AT UGA LAW SCHOOL

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia School of Law has set the standard for the 21st century by enrolling one of the most outstanding entering classes in its history.

A total of 201 students will begin classes on Wednesday, August 16, after completing three days of orientation. Their median grade point average is 3.59, the highest on record at the school, and their median Law School Admissions Test score is 162, in the top 12 percent of test takers nationwide.

In addition, the percentage of women in the class is the highest ever, at 49 percent. Minorities comprise 16 percent of the class, with 20 of the 32 minority students being African American. The average age of the entering students is 24. In keeping with the law school's commitment to provide the finest legal education to state residents, 78 percent of the students hail from Georgia.

"We really couldn't ask for a much better class than this one," said David Shipley, dean of the UGA law school. "In addition to being top-notch academically, the students are also well-rounded people with diverse backgrounds as parents, professionals and civic volunteers. The University of Georgia School of Law is now one of the most selective public law schools in the nation, and our admissions committee and staff deserve praise for the success of their recruiting efforts."

The group includes graduates from 83 institutions in 16 states. The schools supplying the largest number of students include the University of Georgia (57), the Georgia Institute of Technology (8), Emory University (8), Wake Forest University (6), Furman University (5) and Georgia State University (5). Other prominent feeder schools include the University of Texas and Vanderbilt University. ##

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