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Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics - 2004

September 2004, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 232-1200
Fax: (512) 471-2765
www.law.utexas.edu

Total graduate enrollment........................1,519
Hispanic graduate enrollment.....................191
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment.............13
Total J.D. degrees earned .......................485
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.................53
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics......11


The University of Texas School of Law has graduated more Hispanic and African-American students combined than any other top-20 law school in the United States. Many of the school's more than 1,300 Hispanic graduates work at the highest levels of the bar and government, in state and federal judgeships, in public interest work, and in the national media. Graduates include prominent Texas attorneys Carlos Cadena and Gus Garcia. The law school also hosts the permanent office of the Texas-Mexico Bar Association and has been nationally recognized for its pre-law educational centers in primarily Hispanic communities. The school also has established ties with Latin America through student and faculty exchanges and cooperates with UT-Austin's Long Institute for Latin American studies. Its student group, the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, has 120 members and is one of the largest Hispanic law-student organizations in the nation. The student-run Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy recently celebrated its 10th year with a conference that garnered national attention.

QUICK LINKS:

1. University of Texas at Austin
2. University of Miami
3. University of Florida
4. St. Mary's University
5. Stanford University
6. Loyola Marymount University
7. University of Arizona
8. Southwestern University
9. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
10. Florida State University


University of Miami

School of Law
1311 Miller Dr., Room F-203
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-6746
Fax: (305) 284-3084
www.law.miami.edu

Total graduate enrollment.........................1,181
Hispanic graduate enrollment......................165
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment..............14
Total J.D. degrees earned........................ 357
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics..................62
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.......17


The University of Miami School of Law has a thriving Hispanic Law Students Association, and Hispanic students hold key positions in student government, law reviews, and other organizations. Extensive mentoring programs help students meet the demands of an innovative curriculum taught by a renowned faculty. Training through in-house clinics, externships, and pro bono programs immerse students in the program, which has a strong international flavor. Students also have the opportunity to learn comparative law in Spanish and study abroad in Spain. "Law firms regard UM as the best school in the country to recruit Hispanic graduates," says Dean Dennis Lynch. Graduates have opportunities nationally and internationally in law firms, government, corporations, and public-interest organizations. "UM is a great place not only to learn, but to learn from others from different cultures," says Monica Segura, president of the Student Bar Association.

University of Florida

Fredric G. Levin College of Law
P.O. Box 117622
Gainesville, FL 32611-7622
(352) 392-2087
Fax: (352) 392-4087
www.law.ufl.edu

Total graduate enrollment..........................1,139
Hispanic graduate enrollment.......................120
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment...............11
Total J.D. degrees earned .........................430
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics...................56
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics........13


The University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law features five Hispanic law professors – two of whom hold chair positions – including Berta Hernandez-Truyol, one of the founders of the Latino Critical Theory movement. In addition to offering a joint J.D./M.A. in Latin American studies, the college offers a summer program with the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, exchanges with the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City and Pontifica Universidade Católica de Río de Janeiro, and an annual conference on legal and policy issues in the Americas. University of Florida alumni assist with student mentoring.


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