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The HISPANIC BUSINESS Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanic Students

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University of Texas at Austin
School of Law

P.O. Box 149105
Austin, TX 78714-9105
(512) 232-1200
Fax: (512) 471-6987

Total graduate enrollment 1,408
Hispanic graduate enrollment 123
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 9%
Total J.D. degrees earned 430
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 34
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 8%

The University of Texas School of Law has produced more Hispanic and African-American graduates combined than any other law school in the United States (with the exception of the historically African-American schools such as Howard University). The school’s 1,300-plus Hispanic alumni include a Texas Secretary of State, federal judges, and numerous leaders of the bar and government. “We are glad to be recognized for our efforts,” says Dean Bill Powers. “UT Law School is deeply committed to maintaining the law school’s preeminence in the legal education of Hispanics.”

St. Mary’s University
School of Law

One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
(866) 639-5831
Fax: (210) 431-4202

Total graduate enrollment 736
Hispanic graduate enrollment 279
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 38%
Total J.D. degrees earned 240
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 79
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 33%

“Estás en tu casa! You’re at home at St. Mary’s!” says Dean Bill Piatt, one of only two Hispanic law school deans in the country. From the 1940s forward, student enrollment at St. Mary’s has reflected the rich Hispanic heritage of the region. Hispanic graduates of the law school have included three members of Congress, state and federal judges, prominent personal injury and criminal defense attorneys, and a national president of LULAC. Applicants can expect a rigorous academic program, a welcoming environment, a supportive faculty, alumni mentors, and perceptive advice from the Office of Academic Excellence.

Stanford University
School of Law

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-4985
Fax: (650) 723-0838

Total graduate enrollment 545
Hispanic graduate enrollment 76
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 14%
Total J.D. degrees earned 184
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 16
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 9%

Stanford’s Office of Student Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, sponsors a special recruiting weekend for minority students each spring. The weekend features substantive conversations with faculty, students, and alumni as well as social events officially sponsored by the Law School or hosted by current students. This year, the alumni panel featured two successful Hispanic lawyers speaking about their experiences at Stanford Law School and beyond. The diversity of the student body and, increasingly, the faculty is a factor in recruitment and retention of Hispanic and other minority students. The intimacy of the law school’s class size also fosters the sharing of cultural experiences, thus enriching classroom discussion.

University of New Mexico
School of Law

1117 Stanford Dr. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-0959
Fax: (505) 277-9958

Total graduate enrollment 345
Hispanic graduate enrollment 81
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 23%
Total J.D. degrees earned 110
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 35
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 32%

Hispanic students are an integral part of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Encompassing nearly a quarter of the student population, they take leadership roles throughout the school and are prominent in the Student Bar Association, law journals, and national moot court and mock trials teams. “Diversity is a way of life in New Mexico, and our school reflects that on all levels, among faculty and the student body,” says Associate Dean Peter Winograd. “When recruiting at colleges, we make a special effort to reach out to Hispanic and other underrepresented [groups] in the legal profession because we value their presence.”

Southwestern University
School of Law

675 S. Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 738-6717
Fax: (213) 383-1688

Total graduate enrollment 826
Hispanic graduate enrollment 96
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 12%
Total J.D. degrees earned 241
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 27
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 11%

Committed to diversity throughout its 90-year history, Southwestern is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and continues to attract and support a large contingent of talented Hispanic students. Southwestern maintains strong ties with the Hispanic community locally through outreach programs with predominantly Hispanic elementary and high schools, and globally with Mexico and Argentina through summer law programs and “externships,” student and faculty exchanges, and courses in Latin American law and institutions. The Latino Law Students Association is one of the most active on campus, and Southwestern students have served as National General Counsel and Western Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association/Law Student Division for five years running. Southwestern also offers scholarship funds designated for students of Hispanic heritage, academic support programs, and alumni mentor programs.

Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Law School

919 S. Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 736-1074
Fax: (213) 736-6523

Total graduate enrollment 1364
Hispanic graduate enrollment 148
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 11%
Total J.D. degrees earned 383
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 56
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 15%

Loyola is committed to recruiting and enrolling Hispanic students. Recruitment visits are scheduled throughout the country at universities with large Hispanic student populations. In addition, Loyola hosts several on-campus events targeting Hispanic students. Scholarship opportunities are available for students who demonstrate high academic achievement as well as diversity of background experience. The successful efforts of these programs have resulted in a strong Hispanic representation, averaging 13 percent, in Loyola’s entering class each year over the past five years.

University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

P.O. Box 210176
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-3477
Fax: (520) 621-9140

Total graduate enrollment 457
Hispanic graduate enrollment 50
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 11%
Total J.D. degrees earned 152
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 23
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 15%

The James E. Rogers College of Law nourishes an ethic of public service and community involvement and enrolls a diverse body of students with intelligence, energy, and commitment. The college offers an affordable tuition structure and a strong scholarship program that enables students to pursue their legal education with minimal debt burden. It has an active chapter of La Raza, a dedicated group of alumni, a two-week academic enrichment pre-entry program (the Gonzales-Villareal Bridge Program), and a wealth of faculty, administrative, and university resources to recruit, encourage, and support students. These institutional qualities are particularly attractive to first-generation lawyers. Typically 10 percent to 11 percent of the school’s 460 students are Hispanic.

University of Miami
School of Law

1311 Miller Dr., Room F-203
Coral Gables, CA 33146
(305) 284-2795
Fax: (305) 284-3084

Total graduate enrollment 1,079
Hispanic graduate enrollment 215
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 20%
Total J.D. degrees earned 361
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 68
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 19%

“With an active Hispanic Law Student Association, substantial scholarship awards to Hispanic students, and one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, UM offers a supportive environment for meeting the challenges of a first-rate legal education,” says Associate Dean Stephen Schnably. “Hispanic students thrive academically at UM and occupy key student leadership positions.” With highly successful graduates in law, business, and government, UM offers excellent opportunities for employers to recruit talented Hispanic lawyers – particularly bilingual students with a solid grounding in international and foreign law.

University of Southern California
School of Law

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074
(213) 740-7331
Fax: (213) 740-4570

Total graduate enrollment 611
Hispanic graduate enrollment 70
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 11%
Total J.D. degrees earned 201
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 40
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 20%

As the oldest law school in the American Southwest, the USC School of Law has reflected the diversity of Los Angeles and California for much of its 100-year history. Hispanic students hold leadership positions in a wide range of student organizations, including the Student Bar Association, USC Law Review, and the Public Interest Law Foundation. Thanks in large part to the active participation of minority alumni and student groups, USC law students benefit from a learning environment that values diversity, emphasizes self-expression and self-examination, and encourages the perspectives, ideas, and experiences of all students.

University of California at Los Angeles
School of Law

Box 951476
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
(310) 825-4041
Fax: (310) 825-9450

Total graduate enrollment 927
Hispanic graduate enrollment 61
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 7%
Total J.D. degrees earned 347
J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 35
Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 10%

The UCLA School of Law is an outstanding institution where a diverse law student population comes together in a rigorous, innovative, and supportive environment. Members of the UCLA Law faculty, who have won numerous awards for the excellence of their teaching, pursue important research relating to a broad range of issues that affect our world. The tone of the school is characterized by the faculty, known for its involvement in critiquing the law and furthering law reform. Equally important, the UCLA Law faculty is committed to the view that teachers can be intellectually and professionally demanding of students, while also being supportive. UCLA School of Law is recognized for its sensitivity to the interests of a diverse faculty and student population. “UCLA welcomes the opportunity to educate professionals of tomorrow.”

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