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News Posted on August 17, 2020

UC Davis Law welcomes class of 2023 in kickoff to Intro Week

Nearly 300 members of the King Hall community came online Sunday, July 16, for a virtual event welcoming the class of 2023. The event kicked off Intro Week for the 1Ls.

Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Kristen Mercado, Alumni Board President Kimberly Chase ’07 and Law Students Association President Montserrat Garcia Juarez ’21 all offered remarks to the class.

Johnson emphasized how the whole community – including faculty, fellow students, staff and alumni – is rooting for the class 2023. UC Davis Law's faculty is internationally acclaimed but also “incredibly accessible,” Johnson noted. Professors spent the summer training so they could offer the best instruction possible to King Hall students, who are starting the fall semester online.

The class of 2023 follows the long King Hall tradition of academic excellence and diversity, Johnson pointed out. According to the most recent enrollment information, the class contains 199 students. Median LSAT score is 163 and median GPA is 3.7+. Fifty-five percent are students of color. Women make up 71 percent of the class. Nineteen percent of the class identifies as LGBTQ. More than a fifth are first-generation college graduates. Six are alumni of the King Hall Outreach Program.

The class also includes six military veterans; advocates for marginalized communities, and students who worked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Kamala Harris (now the Democratic vice presidential nominee). Other students worked for the Los Angeles Angels baseball team and Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental nonprofit.

After the official program ended, participants broke off into virtual rooms with smaller groups. There, the new 1Ls met and posed questions directly to faculty and staff members, returning students, and alumni.

Some of UC Davis Law's 41 incoming Master of Laws students participated as well. Dean Johnson also welcomed them in a separate Zoom event.