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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 25, 2003

UI Law School Enrolls Strongest Class In College's History

The University of Iowa College of Law begins its fall semester this week with 189 new students in a class that enters with the best entry credentials and test scores of any first-year class in the school's history.

"Statistically, this class is academically the strongest our college has ever enrolled," said N. William Hines, dean of the College of Law. The median undergraduate GPA for incoming students is 3.58, and their median Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score is 161 out of 180. The national median LSAT score is 150.

Patricia Cain, professor of law and chair of the seven-member admissions committee that screens all of the approximately 1,800 applicants and determines which will be granted admission, thinks the UI College of Law's growing reputation as an excellent law school may be responsible for many of the improved scores.

"I'd like to think it's because more people want to study law at the University of Iowa and have learned that we have a terrific law school," she said.

The demographics of the class are similar as in past classes, with 54 percent of them male and 46 percent female, with 16 percent of them minority students. Iowans make up 65 percent of the new students, an increase from last year, Cain said, adding that this year's applicants from Iowa were particularly strong.

"I'm pretty pleased with this class on all counts," she said. "Our goal was to admit 180 to 190 diverse new students, so we are right on target."

The College of Law's total fall enrollment is 735, which includes 10 foreign students enrolled in the Master's in Law (LLM) program.

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