Law School Welcomes Class of 2019

August 4, 2016

Dean Mark E. Brandon welcomed the Class of 2019 during First-Year Orientation.

The class has 133 students and was drawn from a pool of more than 1,600 applicants. Members of the class come from 20 states and two countries outside of the U.S., and they have studied at 64 colleges and universities. Forty-one percent of the class members are women, and 17 percent identify as members of a racial or ethnic minority. The members of the Class of 2019 have lived, worked or studied in 43 countries, and they read or speak 13 languages from around the world.

“Individually and collectively, you are impressive, and we are excited you are here,” Brandon said.

Brandon encouraged law students to educate themselves broadly and deeply, and he reminded them the law and lawyers are crucial in creating and maintaining a good society.

Finally, he advised the Class of 2019 to make a mark on their law school, society and the law.

“In your studies here and in your professional lives, leave a trace. Make it a trace you’ll be proud that you left,” he said.