UGA School of Law enrolls outstanding first-year class


Tuesday, August 17, 2004

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: Giles Kennedy, 706/542-7060, gkennedy@uga.edu

UGA School of Law enrolls outstanding first-year class

ATHENS, Ga. – For the first time ever, women comprise the majority of the first-year entering class at the University of Georgia School of Law. Out of the 235 students beginning their three-year pursuit of a Juris Doctor degree, 126 (54 percent) are female and 109 (46 percent) are male. This class also boasts an undergraduate median grade point average of 3.65, tying a school record, and a median Law School Admissions Test score of 162. Additionally, the top quarter of the entering class scored a 164 or higher on the LSAT and achieved a 3.82 or better undergraduate GPA.

“We are pleased that we have such a quality first-year class,” Georgia Law Director of Admissions Giles W. Kennedy said. “For the second year in a row, we had a record number of applicants (2,870), so our admissions team spent many hours reviewing applications. In the end, we enrolled just over 8 percent of those applying,” he said.

“Over the years, the number of women comprising our entering class has increased, and we have come close to breaking the 50 percent mark several times. However, this was not a target we set to achieve, it just happened,” Kennedy said.

Additionally, the entering class includes 44 minority students of which 29 are African American. In keeping with the law school's commitment to provide the finest legal education to state residents, 80 percent of the first-year students hail from Georgia. The average age of the entering students is 24.

The class of 2007 includes graduates from 81 institutions in 22 states. The schools supplying the largest number of students include the University of Georgia (60), Emory University (14), Berry College (7), the Georgia Institute of Technology (7), Washington and Lee University (7) and Duke University (6).

Georgia Law is currently ranked as one of the top four public law schools in the Southeast and one of the top 11 public law schools in the nation by U.S.News & World Report.


Georgia Law entering class of 2004 (graduating class of 2007)

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Georgia Law entering class of 2004 (graduating class of 2007); Photo courtesy of The Picture Man, Inc.