BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Law School this
semester welcomes one of its most accomplished and selective
classes in its 120-year history, a group of students Law School
Dean Makau W. Mutua called a "breakthrough" for UB Law and the
foundation on which to make UB one of the finest law schools in the
The school's class of 2011 was chosen from a national
application pool of over 2,300 applicants, an increase of 52
percent from the previous academic year. Only 31 percent of the
applicants were admitted, making this year's class one of the most
highly selective in recent years.
"It is undoubtedly one of our strongest classes ever," according
to Mutua. "It raises our selectivity and places UB Law in a strong
position to improve its reputation in the profession, in the legal
academy and among prospective applicants."
The 222 first-year law students had a median LSAT score of 157,
with 25 percent of those accepted scoring 160 or better. The class
earned a median grade-point average of 3.48; 25 percent of those
come to UB with a 3.71 GPA or above.
"This is simply a stellar class. Top credentials, fine
undergraduate educations, interesting backgrounds," said James R.
Newton, associate dean for administration. "I would say that this
class has it all."
Newton praised the law school's admissions office for a "superb"
job and said the credentials of this class presented an "exciting
future for these students and UB's Law School." The students come
from some of the top universities and colleges in the nation,
including Duke University, University of California at Berkeley,
Vassar, Georgetown University and Cornell University.
The average age is 24, with 30 percent over age 25. Twelve
percent of the class holds advanced academic degrees. Sixteen
percent come from out of state, and 48 percent are females.
"The class of 2011 is impressive and demonstrates the
competitive advantage we have in the legal education marketplace as
SUNY's only law school," said Lillie V. Wiley-Upshaw, vice dean for
admissions and financial aid. "Our students made a smart choice. We
offer a high-quality legal education at an affordable tuition. They
will be surrounded by other exceptional students and will earn a
law degree that will allow them to fulfill their professional
dreams -- without having to mortgage their future."
Wiley-Upshaw also said UB's Law School has increased its
scholarship money by 55 percent over the previous year.
Mutua said an accomplished and selective law class is central to
the academic excellence and overall reputation of any law school,
and is particularly crucial to UB at this point in its development.
"It's the pivot on which great programs are built," Mutua said. The
increase in this year's class statistics is a significant step
toward enhancing UB's excellence and achieving a higher awareness
of that status among other academic institutions throughout the
country, he said.
Since its founding in 1887, the University at Buffalo Law School
-- the State University of New York system's only law school -- has
established an excellent reputation and is widely regarded as a
leader in legal education. Its cutting-edge curriculum provides
both a strong theoretical foundation and the practical tools
graduates need to succeed in a competitive marketplace, wherever
they choose to practice. A special emphasis on interdisciplinary
studies, public service and opportunities for hands-on clinical
education makes UB Law unique among the nation's premier public law
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a
member of the Association of American Universities.