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Law school at Santa Clara University among top 100 in country

Friday, Apr. 4, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—April 4, 2003—Santa Clara University’s School of Law was named one of the top 100 law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The annual graduate school ranking also noted that 90 percent of all SCU law graduates are employed nine months after graduation.

"We are very proud of our great reputation," said Mack Player, SCU law school dean. "It is a testament to the experience of our faculty and staff and is indicative of our position among the country’s top law schools."

Other California schools in the top 100 were Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, University of California, Davis, University of California (Hastings), Loyola Law School, and University of San Francisco.

"For 90 percent of our law graduates to be employed nine months after graduation in light of the current economic climate is quite remarkable," said Skip Horne, assistant dean for law career services. "The law school’s connections to the legal community, technology and business in Silicon Valley pay off handsomely for our students."

The magazine also named the School of Law one of the top 10 most diverse law schools in the country. The magazine’s diversity index is based on the total proportion of minority students, not including international students, and the mix of racial groups in law school in 2002-2003. Six of the 10 most diverse law schools in the U.S. are in California.

"The diversity of students and faculty at SCU’s law school is a result of our efforts to recruit more women and minorities in to the program," said Julia Yaffee, assistant dean for student services. The largest ethnic group at the SCU law school is Asian American, at 26 percent, according to the magazine.

The survey also found that bar passage rates for SCU School of Law graduates had jumped significantly, from 72 percent to 82 percent. " Our applications for the coming academic year are up 40 percent," said Yaffee.

In addition to its juris doctorate (J.D.) program, the law school offers three 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.

The rankings were published this week in the magazine, on the Web and in a special annual "Best Graduate Schools" publication. According to U.S.News & World Report, the ranking takes into account median LSAT scores, median undergraduate GPA, and the proportion of applicants accepted for fall 2002; employment rates at graduation and nine months later, as well as bar passage rates of first time test takers compared with average rates.

The magazine has been publishing the rankings since 1994.

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 master’s degrees in business administration or taxation. The School of Law also offers lawyers master’s degrees in international law 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 on line at

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