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Santa Clara University School of Law Welcomes an Academically Strong, Diverse, Well-Rounded New Class
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 31, 2010—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 again 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.
“Santa Clara Law is pleased to welcome this new class of highly motivated and diverse students who have excelled academically prior to coming to Santa Clara Law,” said SCU Law Dean Donald Polden. “This talented class of students was attracted to Santa Clara Law due to its reputation for providing a rigorous legal education and its long history of educating men and women for leadership responsibilities in the practice of law.”
Santa Clara’s specialized programs in high tech, public interest, and international law continued to draw applicants. Forty-two percent of the students expressed interest in Santa Clara’s computer/high-tech law program; 38 percent indicated an interest in public interest and social justice law, and 31 percent in international law.
Other facts about SCU School of Law’s incoming first-year students:
Top ethnicities reported
Top five home states
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