New 1Ls Told to Give Back

September 6, 2012 — From chopping vegetables with Dean William M. Treanor at a community kitchen to touring Sidney Harmon Hall with a theatre-loving corporate law professor, Georgetown Law’s entering class of 2015 — 522 full-time and 56 part time students — had a great Orientation Week, thanks to the members of the Law Center community who made it happen.

On August 28, student Judith Pond (L’14) took nine 1Ls to Catholic Charities’ 801 East Housing Assistance Center, where they freshened up the hallways with a lot of white paint. “I like the idea of giving back to the homeless community,” said Norry Harn (L’15), who spent a year working in an asbestos litigation firm before coming here.

Service was also a theme in Treanor’s welcome address on August 29. “One of the things that’s crucial to us is the notion of giving back…” he told the 1Ls. “That isn’t an ancillary part of your legal education [but] a core part of your legal education.”

On August 30, 1Ls could hear Professors Randy Barnett, Gregg Bloche, Peter Edelman, Philip Schrag and Abbe Smith describe what they do.  “I hope you’re interested in poverty [law], because that’s kind of my thing,” said Edelman, as he outlined the opportunities and challenges of public interest lawyering.

Students were also reminded to keep the rigors of law school in perspective — which is why some chose to visit Harmon Hall, the home of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, with Professor Jeff Bauman. “It’s a great arts town,” Bauman told the students. “Whatever it is you are, you can find it [here].”

Click here to view a full slideshow of J.D. Orientation photos.

The J.D. Class of 2015: Fast Facts

Number of states represented: 46
Number of foreign countries: 12 (77 including LL.M. students)
Percentage of women: 46
Percentage of minorities: 28
Number of students who are the first in their family to graduate from college: 53
Median GPA: 3.73
Median LSAT: 169
Median age: 24
Percentage of summa cum laude and magna cum laude graduates: 19 

The class also includes:

49 students who graduated Phi Beta Kappa
7 Fulbright Scholars and 2 Truman Scholars
25 teachers, including 13 from Teach for America
6 Peace Corps volunteers, 9 AmeriCorps volunteers and 2 members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
10 members of the military
35 varsity athletes
3 newspaper reporters and 1 investigative journalist
2 police officers
and the person ranked 12th in the world in one-handed Rubik’s Cube solving

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