SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2018— On Aug. 13, Santa Clara University School of Law welcomed 213 full-time and 31 part-time students embarking on their first year of law school. The class is 55 percent female, and 50 percent of the class identifies as an ethnic minority.

This newest class of students come from 17 states and seven foreign countries including Bolivia, Canada, China, India, Korea, Mexico and Taiwan. Seven students are permanent U.S. residents, from countries including Malaysia, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago.

“Santa Clara Law is delighted to welcome a talented new class of first-year law students,” said Dean Lisa Kloppenberg. “The range of life experiences, educational backgrounds, and personal perspectives each student brings enriches us all— and ensures a diverse, energetic, and globally informed environment for our student body.”

Twenty-three of the incoming students already have advanced degrees, including seven who hold Ph.D.s. More than 2,000 people applied for spots in this year’s class, which has a median age of 24 (full time) and 31 (part time).

In addition to the students seeking their J.D. degrees, another seven new students will pursue an advanced LL.M. degree.

More about the 2018 first-year class can be found online.

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