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New Students Enter Yale Law School

Two hundred women and men are coming together at Yale Law School this week to form the J.D. Class of 2008. They are joined by thirty-six new graduate students in the LL.M., J.S.D., and M.S.L. programs.

Around 3,800 people applied for admission to the J.D. Class of 2008. Admission was offered to 6.3% of these applicants. The new class has a median college GPA of 3.88 and a median LSAT score of 172.

The Class of 2008 brings to the Law School accomplishments and abilities far beyond these numbers. The class includes five Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, eight Fulbright Scholars, and six Marshall Scholars. Other members of the class worked with Teach for America and the Peace Corps.

The new students traveled around the globe before coming to New Haven: one student was a missionary to the Dominican Republic, another worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and another worked for the Centers for Disease Control in Uganda.

Some students have an artistic background--such as the professional dancer, the music scout for major record labels, and the gospel singer--while others know their way around a laboratory--including two doctors, a biochemist, a nuclear engineer, and a plasma astrophysicist (who can explain bremsstrahlung processes to classmates). Then there are the athletes: One student competed in the Olympics, two students climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, while another hiked the Appalachian Trail. And the mental athletes: an Odyssey of the Mind world champion and a Teen Jeopardy champion.

Some accomplishments can't be classified. One member of the class was an octopus trainer (it was part of an Alzheimer's disease research project).

Welcome to all of the Class of 2008!