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SCU law students are among the most diverse and most likely to get jobs in the U.S.

Friday, Apr. 5, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 5, 2002 - More than 98 percent of Santa Clara University law graduates were employed nine months after graduating in 2000, fourth best among California's 16 law schools. That is 33rd best among the nation's 183 accredited law schools.

Only UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Stanford University, in that order, reported higher percentages of employment success in 2001 among California's 17 law schools, according to information released today by U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine also reported that the SCU School of Law is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse in the U.S., joining four Southern California law schools in the U.S.News top 10 for diversity. Western State University, Whittier Law School, Southwestern University Law School, and Loyola Law School also ranked high in the magazine's "diversity index" based on the total proportion of minority students, not including international students, and the mix of racial groups in law school in 2001-2.

SCU law school also moved up in the overall annual rankings by the magazine, included in the "second tier" of law schools for the first time, based on reputation, LSAT scores, employment statistics and bar passage rates in 2001, as part of its annual report on "America's Best Graduate Schools" released today on the Web, and Monday in the magazine.

"We are proud of the growing reputation of our faculty and students," said SCU law school dean Mack Player. "To be recognized among the top 10 law schools in California overall, among the nation's top 10 intellectual property programs, and in the national top 10 in diversity and employment are indicators of our success in preparing young lawyers for the challenges of the 21st century."

In September 2001, the SCU law school reported 34.5 percent of its students were African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic or Native American, with 10.8 percent declining to report. The largest ethnic group at the SCU law school is Asian-American, at 25 percent, according to the magazine.

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About the SCU law school

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 922 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law or public interest law.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 7,400 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 www.scu.edu .

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For more information, visit www.scu.edu/law . For information about Santa Clara University, call Barry Holtzclaw, 408-554-5126, email news@scu.edu , or visit www.scu.edu . For more information about the U.S. News ranking, see www.usnews.com.

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