William and Mary Law School

Class of 2017

The members of the Class of 2017 arrived at the Law School on August 18, 2014, hailing from 38 different states, the District of Columbia, Australia, Canada, and China. Their records of achievements, awards, honors, leadership, employment, and service indicate students who will individually and collectively uphold the fine tradition of William & Mary Law School.

  • Median LSAT: 163 (75th/25th: 165/157)*
  • Median undergraduate GPA: 3.79 (75th/25th: 3.89/3.53)*
  • Class Size: 213
  • Average age: 24
  • Age range: 20 to 62
  • 58% women, 42% men
  • 13% of students identify themselves as minorities
  • Total applicants: 4,418

The Class of 2017 attended 148 different undergraduate institutions, 15 in Virginia and 134 in other locations. Eight percent of the class have earned advanced degrees.

The leading Virginia undergraduate institutions were:

  • College of William & Mary
  • Hampton University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Other undergraduate institutions with multiple matriculants include:

  • American University
  • Boston College
  • College of Charleston
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida State University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hamilton College
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Millsaps College
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • United States Military Academy
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of South Carolina at Columbia
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Wisconsin

Class members have undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting, anthropology, art/design, architecture/environmental design, biology, business, classics, criminology/criminal justice, economics, education, engineering, English, environmental sciences, finance, foreign languages, government, history, international studies, journalism, linguistics, music, philosophy, policy studies, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, theatre, and others.

Members of the Class of 2017 come to William & Mary with a variety of different experiences.

  • Fifty-one percent of the class has full-time work experience, including work in the private sector, federal government, non-profit organizations, education, and the legal profession.
  • Seven members served or are serving in the military.
  • Students were active in student life, serving as student council members, fraternity and sorority presidents and officers, college ambassadors, and newspaper editors.
  • Members have served in Teach for America and AmeriCorps, six are Eagle Scouts, and many have been involved in mentoring and community service. One member of the class has received the Bronze Star.
  • The class includes twenty-eight varsity athletes, three of whom were team captains. Others are talented musicians and performers.

In addition to the Class of 2017 J.D. candidates, thirty-six students joined William & Mary Law School for one year of study in the American Legal System as LL.M. candidates. These new members of the Law School community are citizens of Belarus, China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom. And additional LL.M. student is scheduled to enroll in January from Qatar. Most have been trained in law in their home nations, and we are excited for the contributions and added understanding that they bring to William & Mary.

*Data for the Class of 2017 has been certified by LSAC.