Santa Clara University School of Law recently welcomed an academically strong first-year class that is also diverse in experiences, ethnicity, and interests.
The 247 full-time and 82 part-time students who began taking classes August 16 hail from 29 states and 14 foreign countries including China, Estonia, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. They attended 131 different undergraduate schools, and 34 of them already have advanced degrees—including 10 Ph.D.s.
Last year’s trend toward younger first-year students continued this year—with full-time students again having a median age of 24, versus 25 three years ago. Part-time students (who tend to be working professionals) have a median age of 25, down from 27 last year and 29 four years ago.
More than 4,900 people applied to Santa Clara Law this year, the strongest level of interest since 2004. The class encompasses a diverse range of backgrounds, including students who have worked as opera singers, horse trainers, and kickboxing instructors, and some who have graduated from culinary school. Read more.