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SCU Law School's intellectual property program soars to 5th in U.S.

Friday, Apr. 7, 2000

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 7, 2000 - For the third year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Santa Clara University School of Law Intellectual Property Law program as among the best in the country.

The program, which provides training in patent, copyright, antitrust, technology licensing, and Internet law, jumped to the fifth spot on this year's list from 10th place in 1999. The rankings were published this week in the magazine, on the Web and in a special annual "Best Graduate Schools" publication.

"We are very pleased to learn that the High Tech Law Program is earning the recognition it deserves based on the diversity and strength of its intellectual property program," said Ruth Edman, assistant law school dean for law and technology. "Our new ranking suggests that we are successfully implementing a vision that both students and the legal community at large endorses and understands."

The magazine ranked only intellectual property programs at University of California, Berkeley, George Washington University, Franklin Pierce Law Center and University of Houston higher than SCU.

The SCU law school intellectual property program was ranked higher than similar programs at Columbia University (9th), Stanford University (12th), Georgetown University (17th) and Harvard University (20th).

"By leveraging our location in the heart of Silicon Valley and aggressively courting law firms and businesses within the high-tech industry, the program is gaining a reputation as an important partner in the intellectual property community as well as a leading supplier of top legal tech talent," said Edman. The SCU high-tech law program places students as interns for academic credit at industry leaders including Intel, Ariba, eBay, Sony, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems as well as many Internet start-ups and top high-tech law firms.

In addition to its J.D. program the law school offers three specialty certificates, in high-tech law, international law and public interest law, as well as a master's degree in United States law for foreign lawyers and judges, and a joint J.D./M.B.A degree. The SCU law school, fully accredited by the American Bar Association, enrolled 907 students in the fall of 1999.

The 7,700-student, Catholic, Jesuit university has a 150-year tradition of educating the whole person for a life of service and leadership. This diverse community of scholars, characterized by small classes and a values-oriented curriculum, is dedicated to educating students for competence, conscience and compassion.

The University was founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, and is California's oldest institution of higher learning.


For more information about the SCU high-tech law program, see For more information about the law school, see, or call the dean's office, SCU School of Law, 408-554-4361. For information about SCU, call Barry Holtzclaw, 408-554-5162, email, or see

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