Published on: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The University of St. Thomas School of Law welcomed 115 1Ls the week of Aug. 19. Ranging in age from 21 to 48, this class is 57% male and 43% female. Individuals from minority backgrounds represent 15 percent of the class. They boast a median LSAT of 155 and a median GPA of 3.38. Coming from 21 states, three countries and 64 undergraduate institutions, they represent 37 undergraduate majors, including political science (30%), business (12%), psychology (10%), philosophy (9%) and humanities (9%). Members of the class of 2016 already have earned advanced degrees in information systems, biology, public policy, Catholic studies and education.
Among them are an escape artist, an opera singer, a high school principal and a radio DJ. One of these new students has taught English in Nepal, and another has 90 first cousins and 50 aunts and uncles. This class is represented by members of the Peace Corps, the Marine Corps and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Some grew up on family farms in the Midwest, while others started their lives in other countries. They speak Pashto and Chinese and Arabic and Italian.
The class of 2016 fits well with the mission of the School of Law. Many of these students come to us as Catholics (44%), while others are Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, Baptist, Muslim, Orthodox, Jewish, Buddhist, Presbyterian, other Christian, or have no religious affiliation at all. Together, they will have the opportunity to effect change while practicing community justice, immigration or elder law in a clinical setting, or by performing service to the community with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children. Together, they will be guided by professors and mentors who drive social justice through legal reform and individual service.
Together, they make up the University of St. Thomas School of Law class of 2016.