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Law school welcomes Class of 2016

August 23, 2013

1Ls at orientationSeattle University School of Law is proud to welcome the most diverse class in the history of the law school.  After two days of orientation, the Class of 2016 started classes Monday, Aug. 26.

This year's incoming class of about 230 students includes students from the full-time and part-time programs. Seattle University School of Law offers the state's only legal studies program geared toward the needs of working professionals.

As always, the School of Law draws students from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Women make up 53 percent of the class, and 39 percent are students of color. Students come from 28 states and more than 100 different colleges. More than a quarter of them are from outside of Washington, including two foreign lawyers — one is an American licensed to practice law in Sweden and Belgium, and one is a former Colombian judge.

Many students have previous legal experience, including working with governmental agencies including the King County Prosecutor's Office, Sheriff's Office, and Superior Court; the United States Attorney's Office in Hawaii; and the Suffolk County (N.Y.) District Attorney's Office.

Others worked in banking, higher education, nonprofit organizations, and at companies including Amazon, Boeing, Apple, Costco, and Microsoft. The class includes military veterans and one active duty service member.

"It's always exciting to welcome our new students and look forward to all they will learn and accomplish," said Dean Annette Clark. "They are meeting people who will be their friends for life and future colleagues."