The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School has welcomed the JD Class of 2024, comprised of 309 students who will bring their academic talents, professional skills, diverse perspectives, commitment to service, and creativity and ingenuity to the Law School community.
The members of the Law School’s newest class come from 36 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and eight countries across the globe: Canada, China, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Macedonia, Singapore, and South Korea.
“The Class of 2024 represents a vast range of backgrounds, perspectives, academic interests, and professional and life experiences,” said Renée C. Post, the Law School’s Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. “They are intellectually curious and dedicated to making the world a better place.”
The Law School received over 8,400 applications for the Class of 2024 – the largest application pool in Law School history.
Within the class, 48 percent identify as people of color, and 55 percent are women. Sixty-nine undergraduate majors are represented, with 22 percent coming from STEM backgrounds. The class represents 153 different undergraduate institutions, bringing an additional element of diversity to the varied backgrounds the students bring to the Law School; overall, 253 distinct colleges and universities are represented in the entire JD student body.
Seventy-seven percent of the Class of 2024 graduated college over a year ago, and 11 percent hold advanced degrees. Fourteen percent of the incoming class are first-generation college graduates and 31 percent are first-generation professional school degree candidates. Several are also first-generation Americans.
The Class of 2024 is comprised of global citizens committed to improving their local communities through their work, scholarship, and service. They include teachers, including Fulbright Scholars and alumni of AmeriCorps and Teach for America. They have served in the United States Air Force, Army, and Marines. They have founded non-profits and led advocacy programs.
They also possess a wide range of professional experience, representing a diverse assortment of careers. They include engineers; paralegals; legal assistants; social justice advocates; several EMTs; patent engineers; journalists; entrepreneurs; investment analysts; realtors; and custodians. In addition, among the class are the founder of an online auto repair business, an expert billiards player, and the director of a middle school band.
Just as they’ve shown themselves to be talented professionals, they are also proven outstanding leaders and team players. The class includes captains of college sports teams, numerous varsity athletes, undergraduate student body presidents, several Eagle Scouts, and many admissions volunteers and peer advisors.
Beyond their accomplishments — in the classroom and in their communities — they also have had inspirational, often unpredictable, lives. They include professional dancers and actors, musicians, published authors, and food bloggers.