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August 25, 2011

The USF School of Law has welcomed a new class of 246 Juris Doctor students, including 57 part-time students, and 17 Master of Law students. Students participated in a number of orientation activities last week, including a Law In Motion event attended by U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

First-year students worked with other volunteers at the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park on Aug. 20.   © Mike Shriver

The JD class, which was selected from more than 4,200 applicants, is comprised of 42 percent students of color and 52 percent women. Admitted students boasted a median GPA of 3.49 and median LSAT score of 160. LLM students join the law school from 13 countries, including Burkina Faso, China, Germany, and Nigeria.

“Once again, we have enrolled a ‘signature’ USF first year class—smart, incredibly diverse, and a group committed to their education and the common good, a commitment they expressed so eloquently in their applications,” Dean Jeffrey Brand said. “These students appreciate the opportunity they have and understand their responsibility as they go forward as future lawyers. We look forward to working with them as we train them to be the ethical, skilled USF lawyers that make us so proud.”

In addition to their courses, new students attended a mixer with the USF law community and an informational fair during orientation week; LLM students also attended a welcome lunch. The week ended with the annual Law In Motion Service Saturday, which is held on the last day of orientation every year. The event is designed to introduce students to other 1Ls, engage them in community service, and train them to become ethical lawyers concerned for the common good.

This year more than 80 students volunteered at five locations throughout San Francisco, including the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, St. Vincent de Paul Society Homeless Shelter, Golden Gate Park Conservancy, Glide Memorial Foundation, and AIDS Memorial Grove.