2012 Entering Class Profile

Demographic Profile
Total first year law students: 163
Full-time students: 154
Part-time Students:  9
Male: 82 (50%)
Female: 81 (50%)
Average Age: 25
Age ≥ 25: 54 (33%)
Students from groups underrepresented in the law: 54 (33%)

Demographic Profile

Race and ethnicity: African-American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Chicano/Mexican, Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American/Alaskan.

Our international students are from the Bahamas, Canada, Peru, and Saudi Arabia.

17 languages are spoken in addition to English. There are multiple speakers of 7 different languages:  Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Spanish, Urdu, and American Sign Language. The class also includes speakers of Bengali, Creole, Gujarati, Macedonian, Punjabi, Serbian, and, Tshiluba and Lingala, 2 Congolese languages.

Profile of Accomplishments

Members of our 2012 entering class possess work and service experiences that exemplify Valparaiso University Law School’s commitment to students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. 40% of our new students have prior experience in the law. Many of them have worked as paralegals and clerks, in law firm internships, and in a range of support positions in public defenders’, prosecutors’, and state’s attorneys’ offices. Others have worked in US and state representatives’ and senators’ offices, for judges, and on political campaigns. Still others have lived their commitment to service through internships in legal aid and human rights. One completed an internship at an international law firm in Thailand while another participated in a US State Department internship in Switzerland. Another new student served as Chief of Staff to a State Senator and later was a politically-appointed speech writer in the White House.

Twenty-eight of our students have worked professionally in the business areas of finance, banking, real estate, insurance, accounting, IT, marketing and, two as e-commerce business owners. One was an engineer and team manager for a motorsports company. Five of our entering students have professional writing experience, including one who is a poet. Another of the five has had over 120 articles published; yet another received first place in the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s Best In-Depth Story competition. Five other students have worked as social services advocates and case managers for children and families while eight have been teachers, including a tutor of Arabic. One taught English in Japan while another taught football in Switzerland. Five other students are military veterans.

Other members of the class have also worked or volunteered in service to others. They have coached football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, track and field, women’s hockey as well as athletes in the Special Olympics. Three others have taught horseback riding while one worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for an NFL team. Many in the class have volunteered with various charitable organizations including five with Habitat for Humanity, seven as pediatric, AIDS, and palliative care volunteers, several with Big Brothers-Big Sisters, in hurricane and flood relief efforts, and for the Justice Corps. Still others have participated in mission trips in the US and to China. One served in AmeriCorps while several have been involved in animal-related service activities, including equine sports therapy.

As undergraduates, five participated in and won Mock Trial competitions. Many in our entering class also participated in varsity undergraduate athletics, including football, basketball, soccer, track and field, hockey, water polo, fencing, skiing, and volleyball. Two are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belts, while three others participated in Tae Kwon Do, including one who received a black belt. Two are ballroom dancers; two others have earned private air pilot licenses. Yet another was a founding member of an improvisation comedy club.

19 students studied abroad in 14 countries, including Australia, China, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Ireland, and Mexico. Five of the 19 studied in Italy, 4 in the United Kingdom, and 3 in Spain.

11 students have earned 12 Masters’ degrees, with one student earning 2 Master of Arts: in Economics and in Human Resource Management. Other earned degrees include 2 MAs, 1 MEd, 1 MS, 1 MBA, 1 Master of Divinity, 2 Masters in Public Administration, 1 Master of Organizational Leadership, and 1 Master of Public Health.

Many members of the Class of 2015 achieved undergraduate academic honors: 41 have been recipients of merit and academic scholarships, including 16 named scholars. Other academic achievements include:

  • 7 members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • 3 members of the Golden Key society
  • 2 Mortar Board Society members
  • A Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy & International Affairs

The class also includes multiple members of honor societies in criminal justice and legal studies, history, and political science.

Geographic Profile

60% of the class is from Illinois and Indiana. Twenty-one other states of legal residence are represented. Valparaiso Law students attended 103 different undergraduate schools in 25 states, as well as 5 different schools in Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Peru, and Saudi Arabia. Our students also earned graduate degrees at 12 different US institutions. Many members of the entering class come from the Great Lakes region, with representatives from the following schools:

INDIANA: Ball State University, Bethel College-Indiana, Butler University, Calumet College of Saint Joseph, DePauw University, Franklin College of Indiana, Goshen College, Indiana University-East, Indiana University-Northwest, Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana University-South Bend, Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, Indiana University-Purdue University- Indianapolis, Manchester College, Purdue University-Calumet-Hammond, Purdue University-West Lafayette, Purdue University-North Central-Westville, Saint Joseph’s College, Saint Mary’s College, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, Valparaiso University, Vincennes University.

ILLINOIS: Augustana College, Columbia College, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, Elmhurst College, Lake Forest College, Loyola University-Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Quincy University, Roosevelt University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Trinity Christian College, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana, Western Illinois University.

MICHIGAN: Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan State University, University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Western Michigan University.

WISCONSIN: Ripon College, Saint Norbert College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Other members of the 2012 entering class come from institutions across the country, including the Far West, Mid West, Mid South, Mountain West, North East, and South East regions:

Arizona State University, Auburn University, Bluffton College, California State University-Hayward, Clarke College, College of Saint Scholastica, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Dordt College, Drury University, Florida International University, Furman University, Guilford College, Hampton University, Hunter College-CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY, Kaplan University, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Loras College, Loyola Marymount University, Miami University Oxford, Morris Brown College, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Ohio State University-Columbus, Saint Ambrose University, Saint Louis University, Saint Mary’s University-Texas, Sonoma State University, Spelman College, Stephens College, SUNY at Buffalo, Texas Christian University, Tuskegee University, University of California-Irvine, University of Dayton, University of Florida, University of Kentucky-Lexington, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Phoenix, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina-Columbia, University of Texas-Austin, University of Texas-San Antonio, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, Waynesburg University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wilberforce University.

International institutions represented in the entering class are the University of Toronto and York University in Canada, Universite de Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Peru, and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.