Santa Clara University School of Law welcomed its newest class of first-year students on Aug. 13.
The 202 full-time and 41 part-time students come from 21 states and 14 foreign countries including Korea, Canada, India, Russia, and Taiwan.
“We are pleased to welcome our newest class of Santa Clara Law students,” said Donald Polden, dean of the school that celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2011. “Our new class is highly diverse, has demonstrated academic excellence at undergraduate and graduate institutions, and includes community leaders. Their education at Santa Clara Law will build on these competencies and values and will help shape them into outstanding lawyers.”
The class is 54 percent male and 46 percent female, with 47 percent identifying as ethnic minorities. Of those students, 59 percent are Asian, 32 percent are Hispanic, and 7 percent are African American.
They attended 98 different undergraduate institutions, with Santa Clara University, University of California Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz comprising the top undergraduate alma maters.
Eleven percent of incoming students have advanced degrees, including one Ph.D., 13 M.S., eight M.A., two MBA, one MPAcc, and one LL.M. in international law. Among those expressing an interest in obtaining certificates in the school’s areas of specialty, 29 percent are seeking certificates in high-tech law, 28 percent in public-interest law, and 26 percent in international law.
About 3,200 people applied for spots in this year’s class. The class has a median age of 24.