W&L Law Welcomes Impressive Law Class of 2025 On Tuesday, August 23, Washington and Lee University School of Law enrolled 125 students in the J.D. Class of 2025.
On Tuesday, August 23, Washington and Lee University School of Law enrolled 125 students in the J.D. Class of 2025.
“We are delighted to welcome an incredibly talented and accomplished law class to the W&L Law community. I look forward to watching them develop into capable lawyers and leaders during the next three years under the guidance of our exceptional faculty,” said Dean Melanie Wilson.
The entering class boasts the strongest academic profile the law school has seen in more than 10 years. The median LSAT score for the class is 164, and the class’s median undergraduate grade point average is 3.66. The members of the class earned undergraduate degrees from 80 different institutions, including six students who attended Washington and Lee for their undergraduate degree. Other schools with multiple graduates in the incoming class include the University of Virginia, New York University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Seventy-two percent of the class worked for a year or more before entering law school in fields such as business, politics, the Peace Corps and the military. Twenty members of the class already hold graduate degrees from other institutions.
The average age of class members is 25, with ages ranging from 21 to 50. The class is 47 percent female, and 26 percent of the class identifies as racially or ethnically diverse. Nearly 17 percent of the class identify as LGBTIQ. Twelve percent are first-generation college students, and 65 percent are the first in their immediate family to attend law school.
The first-year students hail from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and eight foreign countries, including Bolivia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Italy, Pakistan, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. The U.S. state with the greatest representation is Virginia, followed by New York, Texas and Florida.
A number of the members of the Class of 2025 have worked abroad and traveled extensively. Consistent with this international orientation, members of the class speak a variety of languages including American Sign Language, Ancient Hebrew, Arabic, French, German, Punjabi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Slavik, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu.
Among the skills, interests and life experiences of the members of the Law Class of 2025 are hiking, belly dancing, creating anime content, marching band, golfing, vegetarian cooking, rock climbing, and sculpting. The class includes a yoga instructor, an EMT, a ranch hand, a food blogger, two lifeguards, a Shakespearean actor, a photographer, and a jiu jitsu specialist.