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Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics - 2004

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University of Arizona

James E. Rogers College of Law
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-3477
Fax: (520) 621-9140
www.law.arizona.edu

Total graduate enrollment...........................475
Hispanic graduate enrollment........................56
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment................12
Total J.D. degrees earned ..........................151
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics....................15
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.........10


The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law features faculty and scholars who challenge students to engage in the curriculum. The college offers a rigorous academic program, an informal social climate, a collaborative learning environment, and small classes of 25 students in the first year. The college has an active chapter of La Raza, a dedicated group of alumni, an eight-day academic enrichment pre-entry program (the Gonzalez-Villarreal BRIDGE Program), a mentoring program with the Tucson legal community, tutoring services for first-year students, and an array of faculty, administrative, and university resources to recruit, encourage, and support students. Curricular offerings include strengths in international trade law, indigenous people's rights, international human rights and water law, clinical opportunities in immigration law, and a trial advocacy program. The college encourages an ethic of service among students, faculty, and staff through monthly college-wide community service projects. Says student Veneranda Aguirre of Nogales, Arizona: "The college of law creates an inclusive atmosphere that allows its students, staff, and employees to celebrate their individual cultural heritages and use them to further the common understanding in class and in community activities."

Southwestern University

School of Law
675 S. Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005-3992
(213) 738-6717
Fax: (213) 383-1688
www.swlaw.edu

Total graduate enrollment.............................979
Hispanic graduate enrollment..........................108
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment..................11
Total J.D. degrees earned ............................212
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics......................26
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics...........12


Southwestern is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and attracts a large contingent of dedicated Hispanic students. Southwestern maintains strong ties with the local Hispanic community through outreach programs with predominantly Hispanic elementary, middle, and high schools. It also has a relationship with the global Hispanic community through summer law programs and externships with Mexico and Argentina, student and faculty exchanges, and courses in Latin American laws and institutions. The Latino Law Students Association is one of the most active organizations on campus and has been honored by the Mexican American Bar Foundation. Southwestern students have served as national general counsel and Western regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association/ Law Student Division for five consecutive years. Southwestern also offers scholarship funds designated for students of Hispanic heritage, academic support programs, and alumni mentoring programs.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 451003
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003
(702) 895-2440
Fax: (702) 895-2414
www.law.unlv.edu

Total graduate enrollment................................300
Hispanic graduate enrollment.............................40
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment.....................13
Total J.D. degrees earned............................... 130
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.........................13
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics..............10


The William S. Boyd School of Law recently received accreditation from the American Bar Association and membership in the Association of American Law Schools. The school offers four-year, part-time programs in both the evening and daytime to accommodate students with full-time jobs, as well as a three-year, full-time day program. The school also offers financial aid to assist students with law school expenses. Students are provided professional lawyering experiences through the school's nationally recognized clinical, externship and community service programs; fellowships sponsored by the school's Public Interest Law Association; and other community-service activities. Hispanic students at the school participate in a moot-court program, law review, and a minority law student association. Graduates are employed in a variety of fields, including law, business, education, government, and politics.

Florida State University

College of Law
425 West Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601
(850) 644-3787
Fax: (850) 644-7284
www.law.fsu.edu

Total graduate enrollment..............................742
Hispanic graduate enrollment...........................72
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment...................10
Total J.D. degrees earned .............................253
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.......................28
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics............11


The Florida State University College of Law has several initiatives to recruit and retain a diverse student body. One is the college's Summer for Undergraduates Program, developed to provide an introduction to the study of law to students from groups historically under-represented in the legal profession. The program is designed to help students acquire skills that will benefit them as undergraduates and in law school and encourage them to pursue careers in the legal profession. The college recently completed its 13th year of this program, which serves as a model for law schools across the country. Active student groups such as the Spanish American Law Students Association, Latino Graduate Student Association, Cuban American Student Association, Puerto Rican Student Association, and Colombian Student Association provide cultural outlets, mentoring opportunities, and peer support. "Hispanic students at Florida State University College of Law will find an environment that fosters diversity, engages students, and is concerned with the core of the student," says Manuel Arisso, a member of the college's Class of 2004 and chief advisor to the chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission.

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