By: Kelly Kruger, Associate Director of Admissions
We are pleased to welcome 208 incoming students to the Class of 2016 at Valparaiso Law! Similar to previous years, this class represents a strong dedication to work in service of others. This class made Valparaiso University Law School history – the largest number of female students in an entering class as well as the most diverse from groups underrepresented in the law. We are very proud of all of their accomplishments and welcome each 1L to the Valparaiso Law community.
Race and ethnicity: African-American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American/Alaskan.
Our international students are from Canada, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Two students are also from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
19 languages are spoken in addition to English. There are multiple speakers of 6 different languages: Akan, Arabic, French, German, Spanish, and Urdu. The class also includes speakers of Amharic, Greek, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Ndebele, Polish, Portuguese, Tagalog, and Togolese Ewe.
PROFILE OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Members of our 2013 entering class possess work experiences that exemplify Valparaiso University Law School’s commitment to service. Over 40% of our new students have prior experience in the law. Many have worked as paralegals and clerks, in law firm internships, judicial internships, and in a range of support positions in public defenders’, prosecutors’, and state’s attorneys’ offices. Others have demonstrated their interest in political service by working on campaigns, human rights internships, and as interns in the US House of Representatives and Senate. Several students have worked as police officers, bailiffs, and probation and parole officers. 11 of our new students are military veterans.
Many students have worked professionally in banking, engineering, insurance, IT, nursing, real estate, and sales. Our students possess wide-ranging business leadership and management with 6 students having founded their own businesses, 2 students are published writers, 2 are professional musicians, and 3 students have TV or radio broadcast experiences.
Other members of the class have also worked or volunteered in service to others. They have coached baseball, basketball, equestrian, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling as well as athletes in the Special Olympics. We also have a student who was a university mascot. Many in the class have volunteered with various charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and United Way, among many others. Several students have volunteered as tutors and mentors, raised funds for HIV and AIDS, and participated in hospital fundraisers. Still others have participated in mission trips in the US, El Salvador, Haiti, and Zambia.
As undergraduates, 12 participated in mock trial and 4 won awards at competitions. Many in our entering class also participated in varsity undergraduate athletics, including baseball, cheerleading, equestrian, football, golf, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. One athlete was the captain of the SEC Championship Equestrian team for three years and also a part of the two-time NCEA National Championship team. Another student was a technical ballet, jazz, and modern dancer for over 18 years. 5 students also exhibited their musical talents in orchestra, band, and choir. Another student participated in the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Thailand.
20 students studied abroad in 15 countries, including Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Nicaragua, Peru, and South Korea. 6 of the 20 studied in Spain, 5 in the United Kingdom, and 3 in Australia.
17 students have earned master’s degrees, with one student earning an MBA and an MD. Other degrees include 6 MAs, 5 MBAs, 3 MSs, 1 MPA, and 1 MSW.
Many members of the Class of 2016 achieved undergraduate academic honors: 47 have been recipients of merit and academic scholarships, including 18 named scholars. The class also includes multiple members of honor societies, dean’s lists recipients, All-American team members, and All-Academic athletic scholars.
57% of the class is from Illinois and Indiana. 29 other states of legal residence are represented, and two students are from Puerto Rico. Valparaiso Law students attended 127 different undergraduate schools in 30 states, as well as 5 different schools in Canada, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. Our students also earned graduate degrees at 15 different institutions.
INDIANA: Ball State University, Butler University, Calumet College of Saint Joseph, DePauw University, Franklin College, Hanover College, Indiana State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana University-Northwest, Indiana University-South Bend, Indiana University-Southeast, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Manchester College, Purdue University-Calumet, Purdue University-West Lafayette, Purdue University-North Central, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary’s College, University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, Valparaiso University, Wabash College.
ILLINOIS: Benedictine University, Columbia College, DePaul University, DeVry University, Dominican University, Eastern Illinois University, Loyola University-Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Olivet Nazarene University, Quincy University, Saint Xavier University, Shimer College, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of St. Francis, Western Illinois University.
MICHIGAN: Calvin College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
OHIO: Capital University, Cleveland State University, College of Mount St. Joseph, Denison University, University of Cincinnati, University of Mount Union, University of Toledo, Wittenberg University.
WISCONSIN: Marquette University, St. Norbert College, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin–Stout, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.
Other members of the 2013 entering class come from institutions across the country, including the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West regions:
Arizona State University, Auburn University, Belmont University, Bethany College, Bethel University, Bethune-Cookman University, California State University-Fresno, California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Los Angeles, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Coastal Carolina University, Coe College, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Culver-Stockton College, Elmira College, Fresno Pacific University, Georgia State University, Guilford College, Humboldt State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY, Kennesaw State University, Lane College, Liberty University, McDaniel College, Mercyhurst University, Missouri State University-Springfield, Missouri Valley College, Montclair State University, Mount Mercy University, New England Institute of Technology, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, Northern Kentucky University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Nova Southeastern University, Saint Louis University, Sam Houston State University, San Diego State University, South Dakota State University, Stonehill College, SUNY at Buffalo, Syracuse University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Texas-Austin, University of Texas-El Paso, University of Texas-San Antonio, Troy University, Truman State University, University of Maryland-University College, University of California-Riverside, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, University of Georgia, University of Iowa, University of Louisville, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of Montana, University of Northern Colorado, University of South Florida, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Virginia State University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
International institutions represented in the entering class are Brock University and Queen’s University in Canada, Haramaya University in Ethiopia, and the University of London-Birkbeck in the United Kingdom. Two students also attended the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.