Northeastern Law Welcomes Incoming Fall 2021 Class


10.05.21 —  Northeastern University School of Law is delighted to welcome the fall 2021 incoming class of JD and FlexJD students, which boasts the strongest academic profile in the school’s history. The median LSAT for the class is 162 and the median GPA is 3.66. While these numbers are impressive, the school was drawn to this diverse class based on their wide variety of life experiences and passion for social justice.

“The fall 2021 applicant pool was uniquely outstanding and diverse,” said Assistant Dean for Admissions Sarah Rethage. “With more than 4,100 applications for admission and a limited number of seats in the entering class, we were forced to make many difficult decisions. We are thrilled to welcome such a bright and well-rounded group of students. We look forward to watching them make their mark at Northeastern and on the world.”

This is a diverse class. Forty-one percent identify as people of color, more than 75 percent are women and 19 percent identify as members of the LGBTQ community. The average age is 25, with students in their twenties, thirties and forties. While many have ties to Massachusetts, as a group they represent 37 of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.

The students are well connected to the global community, having worked, volunteered and studied around the globe in: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Prague, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay and Vietnam.

The first-year students attended more than 120 different undergraduate institutions with 108 different majors, and 24 have already earned master’s or doctorate-level graduate degrees. Seventy-five percent have been out of college for at least one year. They have worked in sales, healthcare, public relations, scientific research and social services.

Among the class members are advocates, athletic instructors, caseworkers, clinicians, coaches, competitive tap dancers, engineers, entrepreneurs, financial analysts, investigators, mediators, professional boxers, researchers, translators and writers. One has published a book and another worked as a local on-air news reporter. Another person founded their own startup and was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020 for Law and Policy. There is also a sommelier-in-training. They have worked in the military or through national service organizations, including the Peace Corps, City Year, Jumpstart and AmeriCorps.

They have also given their time and talents to such worthy causes as the ACLU, Big Brothers Big Sisters, crisis shelters, shelter homes, food banks, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, Relay for Life and the Special Olympics.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country. Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences through its signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. More than 1,000 employers worldwide in a wide range of legal, government, nonprofit and business organizations participate in the program. With a focus on social justice and innovation, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experiences to successfully practice law.

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