Orientation 2023: 1,000+ new ‘Hoya Lawyas’ arrive on campus
August 31, 2023
By any measure, the entering 1L class at Georgetown Law this fall is impressive.
Intelligent: holding a record-high median college GPA of 3.91 and a record-tying median LSAT of 171. Diverse: 59% women, 35% students of color and 10% first-generation college students. Competitive: 600 members selected out of 10,828 applicants. And geographically rich: for the first time ever, the 1L class includes students from all 50 states, as well as 14 foreign countries. Including the 510 new LL.M. students, this year’s incoming students represent 76 different nationalities.
Two men, wearing suits, sitting together on stage in Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall
Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia and Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor prepare to greet an audience of new students.
But the new students are far more than a collection of numbers. In his welcome address, Dean William M. Treanor reminded students that they were each selected for their unique resumes and individual qualities.
“We want to hear all the voices,” he said. “We want a law school that represents everybody who can make a difference in the world.”
Students also had the chance to explore their new home. There were sightseeing tours of official Capitol Hill with Chief Operating Officer David Mao, L’93, and historic Capitol Hill neighborhoods with Professors Peter Byrne and Greg Klass; a morning jog to the National Mall; a service project at the nonprofit DC Central Kitchen; a visit led by Jewish Chaplain Michael Goldman, L’69, to the nearby Capital Jewish Museum’s exhibit on the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; a trip to U Street with leaders of the Human Rights Institute to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Ben’s Chili Bowl and hear about the civil rights history of the area; and an excursion to the site of the future 11th Street Bridge Park on the Anacostia River with leaders of the Environmental Law & Policy Program.
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