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SCU law students among most diverse in U.S.

Friday, Mar. 30, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2001 - The School of Law at Santa Clara University is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse in the country, joining five Southern California law schools in the top 10, in a report released today by U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine identified law schools "where students are most likely to encounter classmates from different racial or ethnic groups," as part of its annual report on "America's Best Graduate Schools" released today on the Web, and Monday in the magazine. The magazine used a "diversity index" developed by the Journal of Public Opinion Research, and only examined schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

"We have made a consistent effort to ensure a diverse group of law students at Santa Clara," said law school dean Mack Player. "This recognition is gratifying, because it shows that our efforts have placed us in a leadership position nationally among all law schools."

In September 2000, the SCU law school reported 32 percent of its students were African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic or Native American, with 8 percent declining to report. The largest ethnic group at SCU law school is Asian-American, at 23 percent, according to the magazine. With the magazine's index, schools score highest according to diversity: Schools that have a large proportion of one ethnic group, even if it is a minority, don't score as high.

Law schools at Whittier College, Loyola Marymount, University of Southern California, Southwestern University and Western State University also ranked among the 10 most diverse. Hastings, University of San Francisco, Golden Gate, UCLA, UC Berkeley and University of Pacific ranked among the next 25.

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. Its 933 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law or public interest law.

Santa Clara University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Silicon Valley, with 7,350 students. The University celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year.

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