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BEST SCHOOLS 2002: Cream of the Crop

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This year’s business and law school directories feature some familiar names – and a few surprises.

March 2002

View the HB Top 10 Business Schools for Hispanic StudentsView the HB Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanic StudentsSelecting a law or graduate business program is not unlike buying a car: the sheer number of possibilities is breathtaking, and, given the size of the investment involved, the pressure to make the right decision can be considerable. There is, of course, a great deal of useful information available to both car shoppers and prospective law and business students. But that bounty is often as much a curse as a blessing, particularly in the case of the latter group. In the end, choosing a law or business school depends largely on personal – rather than consumer – criteria. And no amount of promotional literature or ranking data can make the tasks of defining your goals and assessing your circumstances and priorities – precisely the considerations that should drive such a decision – any easier. If anything, having too much information is apt to cloud the issue. Hispanics have the added burden of considering such factors as minority recruitment and retention, campus diversity, and student support services, including student associations and mentoring programs. That’s why HISPANIC BUSINESS magazine takes just such considerations into account – in addition to traditional criteria such as faculty and institutional prestige – when compiling its annual Top 10 Business and Law Schools directories (see "Methodology"). Once again this year, the University of Texas at Austin tops both the law and business school directories. But there are a handful of newcomers. Making its first appearance on the business school directory is venerable Yale University (number 2). This year’s law school directory, meanwhile, features two first-timers: the University of Illinois (number 8) and the University of Colorado (number 9). Those who have settled on an appropriate law or business school might do well to look into some of the many scholarships and outreach programs available to Hispanics. Prominent examples include Management Leadership for Tomorrow (, a New York–based nonprofit organization that pairs MBA students with successful MBA graduates, and the Riordan Programs at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School (, which provide pre-MBA course work in addition to scholarships and mentoring. Additional information is available on these Web sites: (American Bar Association); (Law School Admission Council); (Hispanic National Bar Association); (the Graduate Management Admission Council); and (Official MBA Guide). Directory research by Research Supervisor J. Tabin Cosio and Research Assistants Michael Caplinger and Cynthia Marquez.

Source: HISPANIC BUSINESS magazine

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