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IU School of Law--Bloomington

Last modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Indiana Law welcomes the record-setting Class of 2011

Sept. 2, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington's class of 2011 began their studies this week as the highest credentialed class in Indiana Law history.

The 205-member class boasts a median LSAT score of 164 and a median GPA of 3.71. Based on last year's national statistics, the statistics for the class of 2011 would be ranked in the top 10 public law schools in terms of their median LSAT scores, and among the top four public law schools from their median GPA.

Dean Lauren Robel said the class is "an absolutely stellar group."

"At a time when law schools across the country must compete vigorously to recruit top students, Indiana Law continues to attract and admit some of the best-qualified students around," Robel said

Median GPA scores rose from 3.45 for the class of 2010 to 3.71 this year, a substantial increase attributed to a more selective focus on grades during the admissions process. Assistant Dean for Admissions Frank Motley said the ability to keep the median LSAT score at 164 -- which it was for the class of 2010 -- while increasing the median GPA by such a large margin is a testament to the quality of applicants Indiana Law had to choose from.

"This year we decided to pay a bit more attention to the grades and the outcome we think will please those who have been historically concerned that law schools put an over-emphasis on the LSAT," Motley said.

Nearly 2,400 applications were received to be a part of the class of 2011, with 205 students beginning classes this week. They come from 97 different undergraduate institutions and represent 33 U.S. states. Included in the class are a doctor, a professional chef, a flight instructor, and several military and National Guard officers. While they are diverse, the class members have one defining trait in common: academic excellence.

"Cumulatively, this is the best credentialed entering class that we have ever admitted to Indiana Law," Motley said. "But statistics are only a starting point. I think the talents and character on which the admissions committee selected these students will be borne out in the classroom discussions and in first-year examinations. I think the faculty will be pleased with the depth and breadth of their background and experience."