TU College of Law welcomes most qualified class in school history

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The University of Tulsa College of Law has attracted the most academically qualified class of first year students in its history.

Throughout the class, first-year TU law students had higher average Law School Admissions Test scores and undergraduate grade point averages. The average LSAT score was 155, while the average undergraduate GPA was 3.27, according to the university’s report to the American Bar Association.

The median LSAT score shows a seven point increase since 2000. To put this jump in perspective, the lowest-scoring quartile of this year’s class performed as well as the highest-scoring quartile of eight years ago.

Janet K. Levit, dean of the TU college of Law, said these numbers are a testament to the college’s focus on selectivity as a means to improving the overall law school experience it provides.

“Our admissions staff has done a tremendous job of bringing in a class of talented, enthusiastic and intelligent students to the TU College of Law to further enrich the law school community,” she said. “The increase in academic qualifications shows our demonstrated focus on building quality while developing a student experience that is second to none.”

The law school also reported success recruiting minority students. Despite a national decline in minority applications, the TU College of Law increased its percentage of first-year minority students to 20 percent, up from 15 percent last year.

The class also represents an increase in female students, who represent 47 percent as compared to only 32 percent just two years ago.

“We believe the legal profession is at its best when all citizens are equally represented. A great deal of work went into proactively recruiting students with a strong academic profile who help us reach our goals of learning, service and diversity,” Levit said.