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August 24, 2010

Great New Beginnings: An Already Impressive Start to the Academic Year

Monday marked the beginning of the 2010-11 school year with 177 first-year students joining Oregon Law’s ranks.

The Class of 2013 comes from a record-breaking number of applicants; the law school’s Office of Admissions processed 2,285 applications. The new class’s stats include a 159 median LSAT score, a 3.43 median incoming GPA, 42 percent are women, and 18 percent are students of color. The LSAT score is a point up from two years ago ’— the median score was 158 for several seasons in a row.

The incoming group, which hails from 105 different undergraduate institutions, continues the law school’s legacy of public service involvement. Nearly 83 percent of first-year students have indicated working or volunteering for the cause of others.

These newest students also are the recipients of more than $600,000 in scholarships from the law school, that is a significant increase from just $350,000 three years ago and vitally important as more students are making matriculation choices with an eye toward keeping debt levels low. Oregon Law’s efforts to provide a stellar legal education at a reasonable tuition level have earned it a “best value law school” ranking by National Jurist’s preLaw magazine.

Meanwhile, the school welcomed three new faculty members this summer. Michael Fakhri (international trade), Mohsen Manesh (business), and Elizabeth Frost (legal research and writing) join the four new faculty hires from last year and three from the year before to form the largest cohort of junior faculty Oregon Law has had in recent years.

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