Incoming Law Class Continues Trend in Improved Academic Qualifications

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Diverse backgrounds and unprecedented academic achievements mark the 2010 incoming first-year class at The University of Tulsa College of Law.

Of the 146 new students arriving at John Rogers Hall, the median Law School Admissions Test score is 155 and the median grade-point average is 3.3, making it the law school’s most academically qualified class in history. Just 10 years ago, the median LSAT score was 147 and the median GPA was 3.05.

Janet Levit, Dean and Dean John Rogers Chair, cites the academic quality of the class as a sign of a continuing commitment to enhance the college’s rigorous academic environment. During the past few years, the college has strategically attracted academically accomplished students. As a result, the average LSAT score of 152 for the bottom 25 percent of this year’s class equals the average score of the top 25 percent of the class of 2000.

In addition to academic achievement, the incoming “One Ls” are a diverse group. Forty percent of the class are women, and 32 percent are minorities. The students also are distinguished by a wide range of majors, experience, and undergraduate schools. Fifty-one percent of the class come from outside of Oklahoma, including some who have studied law outside the United States.

The students arrive from dozens of universities, including the University of Texas, the University of Virginia, and Tulane University. Their undergraduate degrees are in anthropology, chemistry, finance, psychology, and international relations, among others.

Many of the students bring practical life experiences to TU. Among their backgrounds are those who have worked as a financial adviser, professor, and avionic technician.

“For every seat in this class, we had more than 13 applicants,” Levit said. “We picked these students not only because of their academic performance, but because we think they have what it takes to be a TU lawyer.”

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