Class of 2021: Meet some of your fellow students

By Mike Stetz

Many law schools have opened their doors to the Class of 2021, and, as some law schools are wont to do, they are noting their incoming students' accomplishments and overall fabulousness.   

If you're a member of the class, it gives you an idea of your competition. And, um, sorry, it's too late to change your mind if you find yourself not stacking up. (We're betting the law schools have cashed your checks already.) 

Check out UCLA School of Law, for instance. According to the school's website, we're looking at a lot of movers and shakers. And we're betting they're gorgeous to boot:  

"Among [the class] are entrepreneurs who have started businesses in virtual reality and other fields, and former employees of the White House, the U.S. Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Peace Corps. They previously worked at Apple, Amazon, Uber, Chevron, Morgan Stanley, Berkshire Hathaway, CAA, Warner Bros., MTV, the Los Angeles Lakers and a number of leading law firms. Many are accomplished athletes, two are Eagle Scouts, one is a champion chess player and several are acclaimed artists and writers."

Wow! Kobe Bryant is going to law school? We had no idea.

At the University of Cincinnati College of Law, you'll find, according to its website, similarly gifted, committed folks: 

"One worked as a fair housing advocate at Legal Aid, a first-grade teacher at a low income school in New Orleans, a digital marketer, an academic researcher, a CPA, a personal banker, a political consultant, and a member of the Peace Corp in Bolivia. Several are veterans, having served in the US Marines and the US Air Force."  

"They have a wide range of hobbies. In addition to writing and sharing poetry, they enjoy knitting for the needy, playing basketball, Jiu Jitsu, tutoring at-risk children and individuals in prison, theatre, activism, singing, tennis, and volunteering at animal shelters." 

"The class also includes students who speak Danish, Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Azeri (language of Azerbaijan), Tagalog and Portuguese. They have worked or studied abroad in many countries, including Russia, Costa Rica, Australia, France, Spain, Afghanistan, Japan, Croatia and the Ukraine."

Well, Paul Manafort worked in the Ukraine and that didn't work out so well for him ... 

At Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tenn., the class sparkles as well: 

Members of it Class of 2021 have "lived, worked or studied in: Afghanistan (2); Antarctica; Argentina (6); Australia; Austria; Belgium (2); Cambodia; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica (3); Denmark; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Ethiopia; France (10); Germany (6); Greece (3); Guatemala; Haiti (2); Honduras (2); Hungary; Indonesia (2); Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy (3); Jordan; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Mexico (3); Morocco (3); New Zealand (2); Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Russia; Rwanda; South Africa; South Korea (2); Spain (11); Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey (2); United Kingdom (7)."

The class includes a marching band tuba section leader, professional actor, antique book collector, the creator of Hydration Beverage Company, a trained aerial and circus performer, a commercial electrician, a swine exporter and four-time Youth National Champion, Arabian Horse Association.

The swine exporter will make one excellent attorney. (Oh, we joke ...) 

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, which has its law school in downtown Phoenix, has been seeing enrollment climb. And check out some of its new students:

"The diverse group of incoming students include athletes, musicians and health and corporate professionals at the top of their field. They have captained swim teams, played lacrosse, hiked the Appalachian Trail and competed in medieval combat. They play the piano and saxophone and sing in the choir, and one student even appeared in the pilot episode of 'Glee.'"

That last one? We're not sure if we'd put that on our resume. 

Duke University School of Law in Durham, N.C., is not about to be a slouch either. According to its website:

"The students making up the class of 2021 come from 39 different U.S. states as well as Washington, DC, and from nine other countries. They represent 110 different undergraduate institutions, and a number have graduate degrees including PhDs in political science, marketing, and history; Masters degrees in arts business, accounting, conflict management, electrical engineering, and marine studies; Masters of Public Policy; and Masters in Professional Accounting."

Those students with PhDs ... We don't want to know  what kind of student debt load they're carrying. 

And, in all seriousness, good luck to all, including Kobe ...