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Diverse class brings breadth of experience to law school

(Aug. 25, 2014) Seattle University School of Law remains the most diverse law school in the Northwest, with an incoming class that is 38 percent students of color and 52 percent women.

Emmelyn Hart '98, a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, joined other alumni in Sullivan Hall to greet the new 1Ls at SU Law.

Alumni and 1LsMore than 250 students from the Class of 2017 started the fall semester today. That includes 218 full-time students and 38 part-time students, who are taking classes at night or during the day through the law school's flexible schedule.

The law school draws students from 23 states and one U.S. territory, and from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions. Seventy percent are from Washington, but the incoming class also includes international students, including a patent agent from China, a student from Guam, and an Argentinian lawyer.

They were born in 27 different countries and they range in age from 19 to 55. Fifteen of the incoming 1Ls have prior military service and two are on active duty. Three of the new students have PhDs and one has a medical degree; a total of 15 have advanced degrees.

From one student starting a health food business to another who worked with gang members in inner-city Los Angeles, students bring varied backgrounds and vast experience to Seattle University School of Law.

"We are off to a great start to the fall semester, with an amazing group of 1Ls joining our community from around the country," Dean Annette E. Clark said. "I look forward to what they and the rest of our students accomplish as they become great lawyers who are powerful advocates for justice."

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