As classes began for the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 15, LSU Law welcomed 211 first-year students to the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. The 1L class of students has a higher median average LSAT and undergraduate GPA when compared to last year’s first-year class, and the overall population of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession rose to 25% this year, up from 19%.
“Our outstanding and dedicated team, including both our Office of Admissions staff and faculty members on the Admissions Committee, worked very hard this year to ensure we met our institutional goal of admitting a student body that is exceptionally qualified academically and broadly diverse, with a rich cross-section of backgrounds, talents, experiences, and perspectives from across our state, nation, and world,” said LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge.
Total enrollment at LSU Law as of the first day of the fall semester was at 615 students, down slightly from 624 students on the first day of classes last year. Enrollment figures will be made official following the fourteenth day of classes.
The first-year class includes 51% males and 49% females, with 67% being Louisiana residents and 33% being out-of-state residents. They came to LSU Law from more than 70 undergraduate colleges and universities, where they majored in more than 40 different fields of study. The top undergraduate major of the first-year students is political science, but others have backgrounds ranging from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and business.
The broad diversity of the first-year class is reflected in the students’ non-academic interests and achievements. Among the 211 students, at least one speaks Cajun French, while another speaks Swahili, and yet another is fluent in four languages. The class also includes student-athletes who competed in lacrosse, soccer, and fencing at the collegiate level, as well as a former math teacher, a small business owner, and a certified rescue diver. The list of countries the students have either lived or studied in includes Germany, Cuba, Ireland, Brazil, Iran, Argentina, South Korea, and India.