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Top 10 Best Law Schools for Hispanics

September 2007, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine
Elaine Lujan receives her purple hood from No.1 University of New Mexico School of Law.
Elaine Lujan receives her purple hood from No.1 University of New Mexico School of Law.

1. University of New Mexico
School of Law
Albuquerque, New Mexico
www.lawschool.unm.edu

Law school enrollment...343
Hispanic enrollment...94
Percentage...27%
J.D. degrees earned ...119
Degrees earned by Hispanics...23
Percentage...19%
Full-time faculty...36
Full-time Hispanic faculty...8
Percentage...22%

Diversity Statement: University of New Mexico leads the nation for study of Hispanic culture, history, and political science. UNM Law School is committed to serve Hispanics from admissions through services for graduates.

2. University of Miami
School of Law
Coral Gables, Florida
www.law.miami.edu

Law school enrollment...1,208
Hispanic enrollment...142
Percentage...12%
J.D. degrees earned...331
Degrees earned by Hispanics...36
Percentage...11%
Full-time faculty...61
Full-time Hispanic faculty...5
Percentage...8%

Diversity Statement: Diversity is multidimensional, experienced in the profiles of students and faculty; in the faculty's broad areas of scholarship and the breadth of the curriculum; in the different employers that hire students; and in the cultural richness surrounding the campus.

3. University of Texas at Austin
School of Law
Austin, Texas
www.utexas.edu/law

Total law school enrollment...1,297
Hispanic enrollment...226
Percentage...17%
J.D. degrees earned...497
Degrees earned by Hispanics...85
Percentage...17%
Full-time faculty...70
Full-time Hispanic faculty...3
Percentage...4%

Diversity Statement: UT Law educates more Hispanic law students than any other top law school in the country, according to data from the 2006-2007 NALP Directory. Multiple organizations also support Hispanic students' interests, such as the 120-member Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, a Hispanic law journal, and the permanent office of the Texas-Mexico Bar Association.

4. University of Southern California
Gould School of Law
Los Angeles, California
www.lawweb.usc.edu

Total law school enrollment...605
Hispanic enrollment...64
Percentage...11%
J.D. degrees earned...115
Degrees earned by Hispanics...18
Percentage...16%
Full-time faculty...50
Full-time Hispanic faculty...3
Percentage...6%

Diversity Statement: Diversity is USC Law's hallmark. The school is well known for its rigorous programs, and students of all backgrounds find a welcoming atmosphere and a large alumni network that provides guidance and support.

5. American University
Washington College of Law
Washington, D.C.
www.wcl.american.edu

Total law school enrollment...1,216
Hispanic enrollment...169
Percentage...14%
J.D. degrees earned...392
Degrees earned by Hispanics...34
Percentage...9%
Full-time faculty...82
Full-time Hispanic faculty...5
Percentage...6%

Diversity Statement: Washington College of Law believes diversity is essential to its educational mission: Engaging the community, nation, and world through legal education. Diversity contributes to rich class discussion, excellent clinical experience, and vibrant research.

6. Florida State University
College of Law
Tallahassee, Florida
www.law.fsu.edu

Total law school enrollment...765
Hispanic enrollment...61
Percentage...8%
J.D. degrees earned...245
Degrees earned by Hispanics...19
Percentage...8%
Full-time faculty...45
Full-time Hispanic faculty...3
Percentage...7%

Diversity Statement: Florida State has two senior Hispanic professors and a Hispanic associate dean for students, who runs our Summer for Undergraduates Program and our academic support.

7. Arizona State University
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Tempe, Arizona
www.law.asu.edu

Total law school enrollment...629
Hispanic enrollment...92
Percentage...15%
J.D. degrees earned...183
Degrees earned by Hispanics...23
Percentage...13%
Full-time faculty...56
Full-time Hispanic faculty...4
Percentage...7%

Diversity Statement: Mentoring, moot court, clerkships at top law firms, vibrant student organizations, pro bono opportunities, and a supportive academic environment explain why Hispanic students choose the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

8. Stanford University
Stanford Law School
Stanford, California
www.law.stanford.edu

Total law school enrollment...534
Hispanic enrollment...59
Percentage...11%
J.D. degrees earned...175
Degrees earned by Hispanics...25
Percentage...14%
Full-time faculty...46
Full-time Hispanic faculty...3
Percentage...7%

Diversity Statement: The very active Hispanic student organization, the Stanford Latino Law Students Association, serves the day-to-day needs of the Hispanic student community, sponsors school-wide events, and runs a mentoring program for entering students.

9. University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law
Tucson, Arizona
www.law.arizona.edu

Total law school enrollment...463
Hispanic enrollment...54
Percentage...12%
J.D. degrees earned...146
Degrees earned by Hispanics...15
Percentage...10%
Full-time faculty...36
Full-time Hispanic faculty...3
Percentage...8%

Diversity Statement: From admissions through convocation, our small, collegial, and intellectually challenging environment allows students with diverse backgrounds, needs, and aspirations to set and achieve their individual goals and launch their lives in the law.

10. Florida International University
College of Law
Miami, Florida
www.law.fiu.edu

Total law school enrollment...337
Hispanic enrollment...95
Percentage...28%
J.D. degrees earned...87
Degrees earned by Hispanics...38
Percentage...44%
Full-time faculty...30
Full-time Hispanic faculty...5
Percent age...17%

Diversity Statement: With the highest percentage of Hispanic students of any U.S. law school [about 41 percent, and for all minorities 56 percent], FIU has received full ABA accreditation and finished first among Florida law schools on the February 2007 state bar examination.



Source: HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine and Hispanicbusiness.com, Copyright (c) 2007 All Rights Reserved.


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