In August, Santa Clara University School of Law warmly welcomed an outstanding and diverse new class that includes 189 full-time and 16 part-time students. 

“Our remarkable new students come from all walks of life, but they all share the qualities of academic excellence, professionalism, and passion for service,” said Santa Clara Law Dean Michael Kaufman. “This class further advances Santa Clara Law’s proven commitment to diversity, with more than 57 percent of the class identifying as a member of a minority group, making our Law School one of the most diverse in the United States. We are thrilled and proud to welcome them to Santa Clara Law, and we are grateful that they have chosen to earn their law degrees in our caring, diverse, and student-focused law school community in the heart of Silicon Valley.” 

“We continue our upward trajectory in the median LSAT score for this year’s entering class, building on successive improvements over the past five admission cycles,” said Bryan Hinkle, assistant dean for law enrollment management. “We also continue to award generous scholarships to attract students with strong academic credentials from a wide range of backgrounds, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups.”

“We are grateful to our alumni, donors, and friends who make these many scholarships possible. Their generosity truly makes Santa Clara Law the diverse and vibrant community it has become today,” said Steve O’Brien, senior assistant dean of external relations. 


Academic Excellence

  • Median LSAT: 158
  • Median GPA: 3.42
  • 12 students have advanced degrees, including PhDs, MBA, MS, and MA


  • 53% Women
  • 22% First Generation
  • 57% Minorities
  • 95 undergraduate schools represented
  • 27 states represented
  • 8 foreign countries represented
  • Age range from 20-47

A significant number of this year’s admitted students have been accepted into the highly competitive Tech Edge J.D. program. Now in its fifth year, the high-touch program has demonstrated its ability to attract top talent to the Law School, yielding higher bar passage and post-graduation employment rates, with many graduates securing coveted positions in leading Silicon Valley companies and firms.

More information about the 2022 first-year class can be found here.

About Santa Clara University School of Law

Santa Clara University School of Law, one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice. Santa Clara Law offers students an academically rigorous program including certificates in high tech law, international law, public interest and social justice law, and privacy law, as well as numerous graduate and joint degree options. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Law is nationally distinguished for its faculty engagement, preparation for practice, and top-ranked programs in intellectual property. For more information, see

About Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see