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The HISPANIC BUSINESS Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanic Students

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HISPANIC BUSINESS® magazine
March 2002

1. University of Texas at Austin School of Law

727 E. Dean Keeton Street Austin, TX 78704 (512) 232-1200 Fax: (512) 471-2765 www.utexas.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . 1,457 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . 142 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . 10 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 461 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . 40 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The University of Texas School of Law has produced more Hispanic and African-American graduates combined than any other law school in the United State (with the exception of historically African-American schools such as Howard University). The school’s 1,300-plus Hispanic alumni include the Texas secretary of state, federal judges, and numerous leaders of the bar and government. 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.”


2. University of New Mexico School of Law

1117 Stanford Drive, NE Albuquerque, NM 87131 (505) 277-0959 Fax: (505) 277-9958 www.unm.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . 330 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . 76 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . 23 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 27 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hispanic students are an integral part of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Comprising nearly a quarter of the student population, they take on 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.”


3. University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law

P.O. Box 117622 Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-2087 Fax: (352) 392-4087 www.ufl.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . 1,186 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . 150 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . 13 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 371 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 52 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law features four Hispanic law professors – two of them chaired – including Berta Hernandez-Truyol, one of the founders of the Latino Critical Theory movement. A number of prominent Hispanic attorneys throughout Florida and the southwest are UF alumni who assist with student mentoring. Through an exchange program with the University of Costa Rica, faculty and students direct projects throughout Central America and Brazil.


4. University of Southern California School of Law

Los Angeles, CA 90089 (213) 740-2523 Fax: (213) 740-4570 www.usc.edu/law Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . 628 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . 68 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . 11 Total J.D. degrees earned. . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 26 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 The University of Southern California Law School is nationally recognized for its rigorous academic and research programs, stellar faculty, and diverse student body. Professors are experts in a range of interdisciplinary fields, and courses emphasize the law’s dynamic role in cultural, social, political, and economic spheres. Clinical education, internship and public interest programs, and lively student and alumni organizations contribute to a stimulating and supportive learning environment. The school’s La Raza Law Student Association and its Alumni Advisory Board are particularly active in the life of the law school, and Hispanic students are leaders across the spectrum of student organizations.


5. St. Mary’s University School of Law

One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, TX 78228 (866) 639-5831 Fax: (210) 431-4202 www.stmarytx.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . 705 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . 272 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . 39 Total J.D. degrees earned. . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 93 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Student enrollment at St. Mary’s University School of Law, this year celebrating 75 years of legal education, continues to reflect the rich Hispanic heritage of the region. Hispanic graduates of the law school have included three members of Congress, state and federal judges, prominent defense and prosecution 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. “Visiténos,” says Dean Bill Piatt, one of only two Hispanic law school deans in the country.


6. University of Miami School of Law

1311 Miller Drive, Room F-203 Coral Gables, CA 33146 (305) 284-2795 Fax: (305) 284-3084 www.law.miami.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . 1,047 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . 178 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . 17 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 68 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 “Hispanic students thrive at UM,” says Associate Dean Stephen Schnably. “A third of our student organizations are headed by Hispanic law students.” UM’s mentoring programs help students get the most out of its rigorous and innovative curriculum, offered by a faculty recognized nationwide for its academic excellence and strong commitment to teaching. And with one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, UM uses its externship and pro bono programs to take full advantage of metropolitan Miami – an exuberant and exciting place to study law. “Whether in major law firms around the country, in business, or as elected officials and judges,” says Dean Schnably, “UM’s Hispanic alumni have a strong record of success.”


7. Southwestern University School of Law

675 S. Westmoreland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90005 (213) 738-6834 Fax: (213) 383-1688 www.swlaw.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . 109 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . 12 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 22 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Committed to diversity throughout 90-year history, Southwestern is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and continues attract and support a large contingent of Hispanic students. Southwestern maintains strong ties with the Hispanic community locally through outreach programs with elementary and high schools, and globally with Mexico and Argentina through summer law programsand 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 National General Counsel and Western Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association/Law Student Division five years running. Southwestern also offers several scholarship funds designated for students of Hispanic heritage, academic support programs, and alumni mentor programs.


8. University of Illinois College of Law

504 E. Pennsylvania Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 244-6415 Fax: (217) 244-1478 www.law.uiuc.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . 54 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . 8 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 16 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Founded in 1897, the University of Illinois College of Law is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. In addition to offering a J.D. program, the college also has one of the oldest international legal studies programs in the United States, with 750 LL.M. degree alumni in 61 countries. The college maintains an active recruitment schedule nationwide and abroad to attract a richly diverse student body. Currently, 25 percent of the students are people of color – the top percentage among public universities in Illinois and in the Big Ten. Numerous student organizations and activities are available, including the Latino/a Law Students Association.


9. University of Colorado School of Law

403 UCB Boulder, CO 80309-0403 (303) 492-7203 Fax: (303) 492-2542 www.colorado.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . 485 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . 45 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . 9 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . 9 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The University of Colorado School of Law is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, a city well known for its liberal thinking and policies. The law school is deeply committed to diversity and allocates significant resources to ensure a diverse and successful student community. Racial and ethnic minority students account for approximately 20 percent of the student body. Many of Colorado’s Hispanic leaders are graduates of the law school, including a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court and a retired chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. The law school strives to create an atmosphere in which all students and faculty members flourish.


10. Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

3305 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954) 262-6120 Fax: (954) 262-3844 www.nsulaw.edu Total graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . 778 Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . . . . . . . 138 Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment . . . 18 Total J.D. degrees earned . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . 52 Percent of J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The NSU Law Center actively recruits minority students and participates in at least one minority student job fair each year. Additionally, Hispanic Law Student Association members participate in community service projects, host an annual banquet honoring attorneys, judges, and law firms that support the Hispanic community, sponsor speakers on a variety of topics, and compete in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s moot court competition. HLSA President Ingrid Suarez praises the “constant support we receive from our faculty and administration, as well as the efforts of the student body.”

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