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UGA ENROLLS LAW CLASS OF 2002

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Friday, August 13, 1999

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

UGA ENROLLS LAW CLASS OF 2002

ATHENS, Ga. -- An impressive group of students has enrolled at the University of Georgia School of Law 'the Class of 2002' and the academic credentials of the class members are among the best in the country.

A total of 227 students reported for orientation on Friday, August 13. Their median Law School Admissions Test score is 161, in the top 14 percent of test takers nationwide, and their median grade point average is 3.55.

"We are extremely pleased with this class," said David Shipley, dean of the UGA law school. "Nationally, the number of applicants to law schools has leveled off after several years of sharp decline. This has created a much more competitive environment in student recruiting. The outstanding credentials of this year's entering class prove that UGA's intensified recruiting efforts 'involving faculty, staff, students and alumni' have succeeded."

In keeping with the law school's commitment to provide the finest legal education to state residents, 76 percent of the incoming students are Georgians. Women comprise 47 percent of the class, and minorities, 14 percent; 20 of the 32 minority students are African Americans. The average age of the entering students is 24.

The group includes graduates from 92 institutions in 21 states. The schools supplying the largest number of students include the University of Georgia (71), the Georgia Institute of Technology (8), Georgia State University (8), Emory University (7), and Vanderbilt University (6).

Orientation for the new students will continue on Monday and Tuesday, with first-year courses beginning on Wednesday.

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