Lexington, VA • Monday, August 22, 2005
Monday, August 15, the Washington and Lee School of Law enrolled 136 students in
the J.D. Class of 2008. This new entering class brings both extraordinary
credentials and a wide variety of experiences to Washington and Lee.
Members of the class of 2008 participated in community service
projects on August 16th as part of their orientation. Above, a student walks a
dog for the SPCA.
The median LSAT score for the entering class is 166, a score representing the
95th percentile of all LSAT test-takers. Seventeen class members earned LSAT
scores of 169 or higher, placing them in the 97th percentile. More than
two-thirds of the entering class scored in the top ten percent of LSAT
The median undergraduate grade point average for the class is 3.57, with 42
members of the class earning a GPA in excess of 3.75. Six students earned a
perfect 4.0 as undergraduates.
The median age of class members is 23; students range in age from 21 to 40.
The class is 41% female and 59% male. Twenty-eight members of the class (20%)
have identified themselves as being members of a minority group: 10 are
Asian/Pacific Islanders, 6 are Black, 3 are Hispanic, 3 are Native American and
6 identify themselves as multicultural.
Road-side cleanup along Route 60.
The first-year students hail from 5 foreign countries, 32 states and the
District of Columbia. Members of the class earned their undergraduate degrees at
94 different institutions. Political Science remains one of the most
popular undergraduate majors (21), with History (17), Economics (14), English
(11) and Psychology (9) also well-represented. Balancing out the liberal
artists, there are three accountants, a mechanical engineer, an architectural
engineer, a chemist, an archeologist, two computer scientists and the holder of
a degree in Management Information Systems. Members of the class have studied
abroad in Spain, Italy, England, Ecuador and Japan; fifty-two students earned
Class members have been involved with a multitude of community service
projects and activities, among them Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, the
National Food Drive, the Special Olympics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Americorps
and the Make a Wish Foundation. They have worked at Get Out the Vote,
volunteered on political campaigns, established a non-profit foundation
benefiting at-risk teens, raised funds for the fight against cancer, provided
music lessons, sports instruction and mock job interviews to underserved youth,
organized a prevention campaign against impaired driving and volunteered at the
Legal Aid Society.
Numerous members of the class show an affinity for the arts: they play
instruments, sing in choirs, and are members of symphonies, marching bands,
string quartets, and dance troupes. Several can be heard on commercial CDs. The
class includes several radio hosts, a filmmaker, a television reporter, a number
of collegiate journalists and editors and several published authors.
Landscaping at the Montessori Center.
Among the ranks of the Class of 2008 are a holder of a first degree black
belt in Tae Kwon Do, an Eagle Scout, a certified SCUBA instructor, the First
Princess of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, a certified
Emergency Medical Technician, a National Merit Award-winning poet, a female
member of a men’s water polo team, the Secretary General of the Model United
Nations, a dancer who has graced the stage of the Kennedy Center and a student
voted “most likely to make you smile.” Members of the class were born in
England, Singapore and Russia, speak French, Korean, Spanish, Japanese and
Tamil, have trekked in Nepal and taught in Moscow, Guatemala, Korea and
As always, many students have worked for law firms and elected officials, for
real estate concerns and in financial institutions. Others have had more unique
occupations, among them posts as a blackjack dealer, a semi-pro football
linebacker, a self-employed artist, an assistant manager of a dairy farm, a
counterintelligence special agent and a sous chef.