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Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics - 2004

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St. Mary's University

School of Law
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228-8601
(210) 436-3523
Fax: (210) 431-4202
www.stmarytx.edu/law

Total graduate enrollment..........................732
Hispanic graduate enrollment.......................199
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment...............27
Total J.D. degrees earned .........................179
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics...................55
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics........31


Leadership by the Hispanic dean, faculty, students, administrators, and alumni form a strong alliance at St. Mary's University School of Law. In addition to participation in the school's Hispanic Law Students Association, Hispanic students serve on the editorial boards of two law journals, hold leadership roles in the Student Bar Association, and occupy key positions in the 38 student organizations at the Law School. Hispanic graduates have included three members of Congress, state and federal judges, defense and prosecution attorneys, and a national president of LULAC. In addition, Monica Galvan was one of three members of the St. Mary's University School of Law team that recently won the American Bar Association's Moot Court National Competition. The school offers a rigorous academic program, with supportive faculty, alumni mentors, and guidance from the Office of Academic Excellence.

Stanford University

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
(650) 723-4985
Fax: (650) 723-0838
www.law.stanford.edu

Total graduate enrollment..........................553
Hispanic graduate enrollment.......................73
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment...............13
Total J.D. degrees earned .........................193
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics...................22
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics........11


Stanford Law School offers a classic legal curriculum combined with practical courses and cutting-edge clinical training. Stanford's newest clinical course, the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, is the only such academic course in the country. During the pilot semester, clinic students worked directly on three petitions for writ of certiorari, which were all granted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The school values and promotes an entrepreneurial approach, as well as a commitment to public interest law, and attracts a diverse student body drawn to programs that include economics and business law, science and technology law, civil rights, and community law. In addition to academic diversity, the cultural diversity of the student body and the increasing cultural diversity of the faculty (which includes three Hispanic professors) are important factors in recruitment and retention of Hispanic and other minority students. The school has an active Hispanic student organization, the Stanford Latino Law Students Association, and an active Hispanic alumni association called the Stanford Law School Latino Alumni Association. This year, the law students' association plans a mentoring program for entering students. The alumni organization connects students to its network of alumni and hosts events such as a recent panel discussion by alumni Hispanic judges called "A View From the Bench: Perspectives on the Roles Latino Lawyers Play Today – Inside and Outside the Courtroom."

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Law School
919 S. Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 736-1074
Fax: (213) 736-6523
www.lls.edu

Total graduate enrollment............................1,313
Hispanic graduate enrollment.........................138
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment.................11
Total J.D. degrees earned ...........................396
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.....................42
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics..........11


The Loyola Law School offers students opportunities to participate in international exchange programs, including one with the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana, Mexico, and another through the University of Costa Rica. The law school has been supportive of student participation in the law-student group La Raza de Loyola since its founding in the late 1960s. The law school places a priority on creating an exceptional multicultural academic environment for all students, and students also are supported by the law school's Latino Alumni Chapter. Members of the chapter serve as mentors and work to raise funds for scholarships. "The mission of Loyola Law School has been distinguished for many years by its concern for social justice and commitment to diversity," says Dean David W. Burcham. "Diversity enriches the law school experience for everyone at every level."


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