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Profile of the 1997 Entering Class The 362 students who entered the first year of law study at the University of Virginia in August 1997 were selected from a total of 3,091 applicants from 500 different colleges and universities. There were 176 Virginia residents; the remaining 186 came from 40 different states and the District of Columbia. There were 141 women students and 51 minority students.
Although widely differing approaches to college grading often serve to render comparative statements about undergraduate records misleading, it is significant that most students in this fallís entering class ranked in the upper 20 percent of their graduating classes. The median grade point average for the entering class was 3.64 on a 4.0 scale. (This computation does not include several students whose grades could not accurately be interpolated to a 4.0 scale.) The mean LSAT score was the 95th percentile. Many of these students also had completed advanced degree work. The average age was 24.
The Law School has continued its policy of giving preferred status to Virginia applicants, and a large number of highly qualified non-Virginians must be turned away for lack of space. A total of 845 Virginia residents applied for admission, compared with 2,246 out-of-state applicants.
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