The University of Wisconsin Law School welcomed 241 new students this fall, who are among the best and brightest in the nation, says Rebecca Scheller, UW Law’s associate dean of admissions and financial aid.
“The Class of 2023 is an exceptionally talented group of future lawyers, poised to take on the world’s big challenges,” she says.
This year’s incoming class reported a median LSAT score of 163, a one-point increase from last year. LSAT scores are an indicator of law school success in the first year.
Students’ diversity of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives further positions them for success, by contributing to a robust exchange of ideas in our law school community, says Dean Scheller. The group hails from more than 30 states, with 53% claiming Wisconsin residency. They earned degrees from 119 undergraduate institutions, representing 62 different majors and a range of career experiences.
Of the class, 44% of students are women, and 26% identify as students of color.
UW Law Dean Daniel Tokaji emphasizes the Law School’s long-standing commitment to improving access and opportunity for all students. “It’s absolutely critical to our mission that we bring in a diverse class of students with a track record of academic success,” says Dean Tokaji. “For UW Law to bring in such an outstanding class in the middle of a pandemic is a remarkable achievement.”
Central to the School’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is the Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) Program, which provides a strong academic and social support network designed to bring students from varied backgrounds together. That includes students from law student organizations representing Black, Asian-Pacific-American, Latino, Middle Eastern and Indigenous law students.
“We take our responsibility to each student seriously—and diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of all we do at UW Law,” he said. “It’s our privilege not just to train lawyers but to educate the next generation of leaders, people who will make a difference in Wisconsin and the world.”
Submitted by Law School News on October 13, 2020