Welcome New Students

Incoming Students

August 18, 2010 — Chosen from a pool of more than 9,000 applicants, this year’s incoming class of 525 J.D. students is already making history. The class boasts the highest median GPA (3.79) and highest median LSAT (167) scores of any incoming GW Law class. The students hail from 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Marshall Islands, the Virgin Islands, and nine other countries. Not only are the students geographically diverse, but 51 percent of the incoming class are female, and 27 percent are members of minority groups.

"The faculty and I expect great things from this incoming class, and I have every confidence that they will both learn a great deal from and make significant contributions to the GW Law community," Dean Frederick M. Lawrence said. "I've had the pleasure of meeting many of these students and look forward to helping them succeed in their first semester."

GW Law also has two S.J.D. students starting this fall, more than 125 international LL.M. students, and more than 120 U.S. LL.M. students. The U.S. LL.M. class includes 17 Air Force JAGs, five Navy JAGs, and three Army JAGs who will be full-time students, and other military officers from Navy and Marine Corps as part-time students. Other LL.M. student employers include the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, National Institutes of Health, International Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. Several of the domestic LL.M. students are J.D. graduates of GW Law.

The incoming International LL.M. students are also impressive with their experience, including an Afghan scholar, a judge from Korea, a prosecutor from Korea, law clerks to the Supreme Court of India and the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and a former anti-doping officer from the 2008 Olympic Games.

"With this remarkable new class, we are well-poised to welcome the changes of the coming year and shape the future of the Law School,” Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Gregory E. Maggs said. “My colleagues and I are looking forward to engaging these students in and outside the classroom."