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CLASS OF 1999 ENROLLS AT UGA SCHOOL OF LAW

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Wednesday, August 21, 1996

WRITER: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172

CONTACT: Dr. Giles W. Kennedy, Admissions Director, (706) 542-7060

CLASS OF 1999 ENROLLS AT UGA SCHOOL OF LAW

ATHENS, Ga. -- The last group of students that will complete law studies at the University of Georgia School of Law in this millennium began classes today in Athens, and the academic credentials of the Class of 1999 demonstrate that its members are among the best qualified individuals to enroll in the law school's history.

A total of 236 students reported for orientation on Monday. Their median Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score of 162 places them close to the top 10 percent of all test takers. The students also posted a median grade point average of 3.43.

In keeping with the law school's commitment to provide the finest legal education to state residents, 167 of the students are Georgians. Women comprise 44 percent of the class, and minorities, 11 percent. The average age of the students is 24.

The geographically diverse group includes graduates from 99 institutions in 26 states. The schools supplying the largest number of students include the University of Georgia (57), Emory (10), Vanderbilt (8), Georgia State (6), University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (6), Wake Forest (6), and Virginia (5). Among the other primary "feeder" schools: Davidson University, the College of William & Mary, Florida State, Georgetown, and Georgia Tech.

"As one of the leading state law schools in the country, the University of Georgia School of Law continues to attract a very able and accomplished student body," said Ned Spurgeon, law school dean. "This is an enviable position, particularly in light of the fact that nationwide, applications to law schools decreased by 10 percent this year, the fifth consecutive year in which a significant decline has been reported."

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