On August 16, 2005, we welcomed a stellar group of first-year students whose impressive academic credentials place us among the top law schools in the nation. The median undergraduate GPA for our class of 167 is 3.66. The average LSAT is in the 87% nationally. Members of the Class of 2008 hail from 26 states and 92 colleges and universities. 53% are Colorado residents; 46% are women; 21% are minorities. 14 have masters degrees, one has a PhD, one is a Rhodes Scholar. The class members range in age from 21 to 49. Students come from a variety of occupational backgrounds. Prior careers include computer programmers, mechanics, scientists, teachers, paralegals, military officers, business owners, and legal aid volunteers. Several others have been AmeriCorps, Teach America and Peace Corps volunteers. Several students are the first generation in their family born in the U.S., and several others were born abroad. These students spoke of being equally proud of the gift of citizenship and their native heritage. Many of our students were motivated to seek a career in law at CU due to their desire to improve their communities and the world and decided to attend the School of Law because of its strong tradition of public service. We are proudest of the attributes of character, leadership, and diversity that our incoming students bring to the law school. This is a community that we are all proud to be part of and the reason we are here. Read the full text of Dean Getches' welcoming remarks.