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87 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1988-1989)

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HLS students enjoy the sun during an otherwise fickle fall.
One L Class Is Select & Diverse

By Erick Hachenburg
The Harvard Law School Admis-
sions Office found itself swamped
last year due to an 18% increase in
the number of applications over the
previous year. The big change this
year is that we received over 7,100
applications, said Joyce Curll, Di-
rector of Admissions.
The deluge of applications is not
expected to let up soon, Curll added,
noting a 20% increase in the number
of people taking the LSAT this June
over the number who took it in June
1987. Curll said that this number
is generally taken as a good indi-
cator of how many applications to
expect at the top schools. We may
not receive more applications, Curll
said, but I would be surprised if
the number decreased.
From the 7,100 applications, HLS
offered 800 people a spot in the IL

class. Of the 800, 548 accepted for
this year, and about 95 deferred
until next year - a fairly large
number, Curll added.
Like every year, we have an ex-
tremely diverse 1L class, Curll re-
marked. The basic statistics, ac-
cording to Curll, show that the 1L
class is made up of 40% women and
22% minorities. The students come
from 133 colleges, 45 states, and 12
foreign countries. They also come
from many different backgrounds and
professions Finally, the average age
of the class, like last year, is 23
years old, and between 5% and 6%
of the class is over 30 years of age,
down from 10% last year.
Curll elaborated on many of the
statistics, such as the breakdown
of the number of minority students.
The first year class includes 57
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Dean Search
Lacks Input,
Students Claim
By Greg Herbert
While claiming to have forged a
truce among warring factions of the
HLS faculty, the six-member Fac-
ulty Dean Search Committee now
faces charges that it lacks student,
female and minority input as it
narrows the list of possible candi-
The committee is expected to rec-
ommend a candidate to replace
Dean James Vorenberg '51 by the
end of the fall semester, according
to Steve Bernardi '55, assistant dean
for academic administration. Har-
vard President Derek Bok '54 will
make the final decision on who will
replace Vorenberg, who announced
last spring that he would be step-
ping down as dean of HLS.
Although no professors would
comment on specific potential can-
didates, the RECORD has obtained a
list of professors who are purport-
edly under serious consideration by
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VOL. 87, NO. 1


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