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Graduate program in intellectual property law again in top 10

Friday, Apr. 4, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—April 4, 2003—The intellectual property law program at Santa Clara University School of Law has been recognized as among the top 10 in the country for the sixth year in a row, according to U.S.News & World Report.

The program, which provides training in numerous areas of high tech and intellectual property law, including patent, copyright, antitrust, technology licensing and Internet law, was ranked ninth. Similar programs at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley were also in the top 10.

" We are very pleased at the high ranking received by the high tech law program," said Alexandra Horne, assistant dean for law and technology, who heads the SCU School of Law high tech law program. "The ranking highlights our established reputation, and is a testimonial to our outstanding faculty, ties to industry, and academic expertise. By using our unique position in Silicon Valley and close relationship with the high tech industry, we are able to offer our students a wonderful opportunity to work with world-class legal talent."

In addition to its J.D. program, the School of Law offers specialty certificates in high tech law, international law, and public interest law, as well as master’s degrees in intellectual property and international law. The university also offers a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree. Santa Clara University School of Law, fully accredited by the American Bar Association, had a 40 percent jump in applications this year.

The rankings were published this week in U.S.News &World Report on its Web site and in a special annual "Best Graduate Schools" publication. The rankings are based on reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity. 

About Santa Clara University School of Law

The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Many of its 968 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law or public interest law. Law degrees may be combined with an MBA or a master’s in taxation. The School of Law also offers lawyers master’s degrees in international and intellectual property law. More information is online at  

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,060 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at

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