The combined JD and Advanced JD entering class has 141 students representing 63 undergraduate institutions, 31 states, 9 Native Nations, and 8 countries. Women represent 55% of the total, and 31% percent are students of color. Adding in our new LLM and SJD students broadens our reach to 17 countries and 84 undergraduate institutions!
They are joined by more than 1,500 undergraduate students in the nation’s first BA in Law program. This fall there will be almost 450 students pursuing the BA in Law at Ocean University in Qingdao China, several dozen students studying for the BA in Law at American University Phnom Penh, and we anticipate between 50 and 100 students at a new microcampus in Hanoi.
We also have 112 MLS students from 31 states beginning this week. This brings the current census count of active MLS students to over 400.
The new class of JD, AJD, SJD, and LLM law students includes many first-generation Americans, first-generation college students, and first-generation law students. About 13% have already completed graduate study toward MAs, LLMs, PhDs and JDs. Some have spent time at other law schools, and I hope these students appreciate and share what is so special here.
We welcome many new law students aged 30 or older, and many who are joined on their law school adventure by partners, children, and pets.
Our new class also includes a number of students with more unusual distinctions, among them:
• 3 collegiate athletes
• 2 former Peace Corps members
• A number of performing artists and musicians (Please ask about the Fender Room!)
• Several published authors
• Fulbright Award winners
• The editor in chief of a comic book anthology
• 1 Emmy Award winner for TV news
• 2 podcasters
All our new students come to Arizona Law with rich lives and personal experiences, relationships, geographies, politics, religions, and perspectives. Our entire community is enriched by each new LawCat.
Please join me in welcoming them.