Santa Clara Law’s Fall 2021 entering class

13% increase in applications from Fall 2020

23% First Generation

58% minorities

109 feeder colleges and universities

On August 16, Santa Clara University School of Law warmly welcomed 205 full-time and 21 part-time extraordinary new J.D. students.

With total applications exceeding 2,300, Santa Clara Law experienced a 13 percent year-over-year increase in applications. From this robust and accomplished applicant pool, Santa Clara Law admitted a class of full-time students with a higher median LSAT (157 vs 156) and higher median GPA (3.43 vs 3.34) than last year. Moreover, the incoming class is one of the most diverse in the country, with 58 percent representing ethnic minorities, and 23 percent identifying as first-generation law students. The class comes from 109 colleges and universities, 28 states, and six countries. Twenty-seven students in the incoming class hold advanced degrees. Four students are pursuing LL.M degrees.

An impressive cohort of this year’s admitted students has been accepted into the highly competitive Tech Edge J.D. program. Now in its fourth 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. This year’s Tech Edge JD students possessed a median LSAT score of 160 and a median GPA of 3.54. More than 70 percent of this group identifies as an ethnic minority.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming our new highly-credentialed and diverse students to our law school community,” said Santa Clara Law Dean Michael Kaufman. “These students come from a beautiful variety of backgrounds and life experiences, but they all share a common calling to use their talents and their legal education in service to their clients and their communities— the very qualities that we attract at Santa Clara Law.”

More information about the 2021 first-year class can be found online.

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