News Column

Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics

Sep 5 2000 2:48PM

September 2000

University of Miami
School of Law

1311 Miller Drive, Room F-203
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-2795
Fax: (305) 284-3084

Total graduate enrollment: 1,164
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 238
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 20%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 434
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 80
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 18%

“We have a very active Hispanic Law Student Association. It is the largest association on campus … and it also includes mentoring programs,” says Associate Dean Richard L. Williamson Jr., pointing out that at the School of Law, the positions of President of Law Review and SDA president are currently held by Hispanic students. The school also is known as a premier recruitment source for employers seeking bilingual graduates with a thorough knowledge of the legal systems of Latin America.

Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Law School

919 S. Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 736-1180
Fax: (213) 736-6523

Total graduate enrollment: 1,344
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 166
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 12%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 411
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 48
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 12%

“Many predictions suggest that the Hispanic community will soon become the dominant social group in California. … We are proud to educate and empower tomorrow’s leaders. The mission of Loyola Law School has been distinguished for many years by its concern for social justice and commitment to diversity. We will remain steadfast in our efforts to attract and retain the largest Hispanic law student enrollment in American legal education,” says Anton Mac, Assistant Dean of Admissions.

St. Mary’s University
St. Mary’s Law School

One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
(210) 436-3523
Fax: (210) 436-4202

Total graduate enrollment: 757
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 280
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 37%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 242
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 73
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 30%

“St. Mary’s Law School’s biggest selling point for Hispanics is our demonstrated commitment to bringing them into legal education and into the profession. Dean Bill Piatt is one of only two Hispanic law deans in the United States, and two of our three associate deans are Hispanic,” states David Lopez, Associate Dean for Administration. “Nine of our full-time faculty are Hispanic and close to 40 percent of our student body is Hispanic.” Each year, St. Mary’s awards scholarships specifically set aside for Hispanic students and provides substantial support to the Hispanic Law Student Association.

University of Florida
Fredric G. Levin College of Law

P.O. Box 117622
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-2087
Fax: (352) 392-8727

Total graduate enrollment: 1,182
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 147
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 12%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 408
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 40
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 10%

The University of Florida Admissions Office has a full-time Spanish-speaking staff member who spends considerable time recruiting Hispanic students and attends recruiting events in cities with large Hispanic populations. Spanish-speaking professors at the school advise student organizations, including the Caribbean and Spanish American Law Students Association. Faculty diversity is supported by faculty exchange and other programs in conjunction with Latin American institutions, and the University boasts a strong Latin American Studies Department.

Stanford University
Stanford Law School

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 723-4985
Fax: (650) 723-0838

Total graduate enrollment: 548
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 68
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 12%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 179
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 18
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 10%

Stanford sponsors a special recruiting weekend for minorities each spring, and its Latino Law Students Association brings speakers to campus and sponsors cultural activities. “Hispanic students find the Law School community to be welcoming and comfortable,” a school official states. “More of our graduates practice in California than any other state, and providing strong Hispanic leadership at the bar in California is important to the future of the state as well as of the nation.” Stanford appoints distinguished visiting scholars such as Professor Gerald Torres and encourages diversity in its faculty.

University of Texas at Austin
School of Law

727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 232-1200
Fax: (512) 471-6988

Total graduate enrollment: 1,456
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 116
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 8%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 510
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 53
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 10%

“It is probably safe to say that one of every 12 or 13 Mexican American … lawyers in the United States is a UT graduate. The school has been committed for about thirty years to helping to diversify the legal profession,” says Dean Michael Sharlot. “A special aspect of recruitment is our involvement with the Law School Preparatory Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso. We support innovative efforts to encourage Hispanic and other traditionally underrepresented groups to prepare for and apply to law school.” Organizations on campus supporting Hispanic students include the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association and the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy, both of which receive monetary support from the school. Visiting faculty from Latin America also contribute to UT’s multicultural flavor.

Texas Southern University
Thurgood Marshall School of Law

3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 313-7714
Fax: (713) 313-1049

Total graduate enrollment: 669
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 149
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 22%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 157
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 23
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 15%

Texas Southern carries out intensive recruiting in areas of Texas with high populations of Hispanic students, then mentors and supports those students through the Chicano Law Student Association. The current president of the Student Bar Association is a Hispanic student, and the university encourages Hispanics to participate in student organizations. According to a school official, “The Thurgood Marshall School of Law works collaboratively with the Hispanic Bar Association on several community projects. Through established and nurtured relationships with this organization and others, we have hired Hispanic professors [and] maintain an open-door policy for students to interface with the professors.”

Fordham University
School of Law

140 W. 62nd St.
New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-6810
Fax: (212) 636-6837

Total graduate enrollment: 1,437
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 108
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 8%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 449
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 29
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 6%

“We have a heavy recruitment presence at events sponsored by Hispanic organizations, including the Puerto Rican Defense Fund, and at law school fairs at institutions with strong Hispanic undergraduate enrollment. We actively recruit Hispanics and other minority students through the LSAT Candidate Referral Service,” says a school official. “We sponsor a two- to three-week academic enrichment program for Hispanics and other minorities that begins before first-year orientation.” The Dean for Student Affairs is Hispanic, and the school has an active Latin American Law Students Association that provides a mentoring program and maintains an alumni directory. School officials describe the on-campus environment as “a very welcoming one” for Hispanic students.

University of Southern California
Law School

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074
(213) 740-7331
Fax: (213) 740-4570

Total graduate enrollment: 608
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 73
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 12%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 201
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 34
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 17%

“Students will find an environment that values diversity and that strives to make each person feel valued – not in spite of, but because of their perspectives and backgrounds,” says Associate Dean Karen A. Lash. “Our La Raza Law Student Association is a large and very active student organization that works closely with our [Hispanic] graduates, who play an active role in mentoring current students and recently began a scholarship fund for La Raza students.”

Arizona State University
College of Law

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
(480) 965-2385
Fax: (480) 965-6521

Total graduate enrollment: 481
Hispanic graduate enrollment: 54
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 11%
Total J.D. degrees earned: 154
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 11
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics: 7%

“We work very hard to network with sources that will help find Hispanic faculty, and we try on our own to identify minority individuals who would make strong faculty candidates,” says Associate Dean Hannah R. Arterian. The ASU College of Law’s minority student recruitment programs include Hispanics in Law Day, and organizations such as the Chicano/Latino Law Student Association provide active support programs for Hispanic students.

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Source: Hispanic Business magazine

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