MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — With classes underway, first-year students at the West Virginia University College of Law have officially begun their legal careers.
There are 113 students in the WVU Law Class of 2021, which is an increase of almost four percent over last year. First generation college students make up one-third of the class.
“Our enrollment is up and the Law School Admission Test scores for the entering class are consistent with previous years,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “We are committed to recruiting students that are the best all-around fit for WVU Law while managing enrollment growth based on future employment opportunities in the law.”
The median LSAT score for the WVU Law Class of 2021 is 153 and the median undergraduate GPA is 3.38 (a slight increase over last year); 45 percent of the class is female and 11 percent self-identify as a minority. The average age is 25, with an age range of 20 to 47.
Out-of-state students comprise 35 percent of the WVU Law Class of 2021. These students come from 16 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
The WVU Law Class of 2021 comes from 44 undergraduate institutions. Some of the out-of-state schools represented include Alabama, Coastal Carolina, Delaware, Emory, George Mason, Harvard, Penn State, Purdue, Texas, Texas Tech, William and Mary, and Wellesley. One student is a graduate of the Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penal Service in Ryazan, Russia.
In-state colleges and universities attended by the WVU Law Class of 2021 include Alderson Broadus, Bethany, Charleston, Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Shepherd, West Liberty, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan, and WVU.
Students in the WVU Law Class of 2021 bring with them diverse and unique experiences:
- Three Eagle Scouts
- Two NFL interns
- One INTERPOL intern
- 15 world travelers
- 14 master’s degrees
- Two blackbelts
- One competitive equestrian
- Three former members of the Pride of West Virginia (WVU’s marching band)
- Many former legal interns and paralegals
- One Swiftwater Rescue Technician
- Several veterans