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Jan. 7, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330

Why UT Law is #1 For Hispanics

The University of Texas at Austin School of Law School was named the number one law school in the country for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine (September 2003). This is the third consecutive year that the Law School has received this distinction.

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In ranking UT Law first among all law schools, Hispanic Business Magazine wrote, ”The University of Texas School of Law has graduated more Hispanic and African-American students combined than any other top-20 law school in the United States. Many of the school's 1,300-plus Hispanic graduates work at the highest levels of the bar and government, in state and federal judgeships, in public interest work, and in the national media.”

The magazine also reports: “UT Law hosts the permanent office of the Texas-Mexico Bar Association. And this past year the law school was nationally recognized for its innovative and successful pre-law educational centers located in primarily Hispanic communities. The school has also established strong links with Latin America through student and faculty exchanges and cooperates with UT-Austin's Long Institute for Latin American studies.”

In describing the process used to rank graduate colleges, Hispanic Business Magazine reported that it takes into account a school’s academic excellence and also looks at enrollment, faculty, student services, and retention rate.

In 2003, Chako Perez, J.D. '04, president of the The Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association (CHLSA), recommended to the UT Law administration that resources of interest to the Latino community be compiled in one place so that students interested in this intellectual, cultural, and powerful UT Law alumni network could easily access this information.

Due to the work of CHLSA and other important Latino organizations at the Law School, there exists an environment of coordination and friendship among the various minority organizations. Those such as the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, Asian Law Students Association, in addition to special interest organizations such as the Public Interest Law Association, Student Recruitment Orientation Committee, Student Bar Association, and law school administration conjunctively address common issues and co-host events. These issues include minority recruitment, school environment, as well as community service and the expansion of public interest law. This is not to say that the groups do not, at times, diverge on issues. Nonetheless and foremost, each pursues these with an effort to maintain an environment of respect and integrity that reflects our position and profession with a paramount intent to continually enhance the law school's prestige and value.

About CHLSA:
In 2003-2004, CHLSA currently has over 120 members, meaning that UT Law houses one of the largest Latino law student organizations in the nation. In addition the organization's status as one of the largest in the law school translates into a great Latino presence in law school life ranging from positions in student government, student-faculty committees, legal competitions, journals, and other law student organizations. This fact, in conjunction with our 1400 Hispanic alumni, partnerships with law firms, various organizations, and other professional Hispanic associations, provides an extensive network for personal and academic success in whatever career you choose to pursue. (For more information on CHLSA, please visit the organization's website at


News, 2003-2004:
Torres/Guinier on race (
CHLSA/TMLS host prominent judge (
CHLSA co-hosts Habitat for Humanity (
Texas Mexico Bar Student Conference at UT Law (
Texas Mexico Bar holds 10th Anniversary at UT Law (
Judge Prado to speak at UT Law (
UT Law #1 with Hispanics for 3rd Year in a Row (
Exhibit: Law In Mexico before the Conquest (

UT Law Alumni (
International programs (
LLM program (
Dual degree programs (
Major conferences (
Library Ancient Mayan Law exhibit (
The history of Hopwood v. Texas (

Law Centers
The Texas-Mexico Bar (
The Transnational Institute (

Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy (
Latin American Fellows (
Costa Rican Internships (
Internships (
Study Abroad (

Pre-Law Institutes
Initiatives (
UT-El Paso ( )
UT- San Antonio (
UT- Pan American (,1336415&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL )

Latino USA Radio (
The Benson Collection (
LILAS Alumni Network (
Center for Mexican American Studies (
Mexican Center, LILAS (

UT-Austin Student Organizations
Hispanic Business Students Organization (
Mexican Student Association (
UT Ballet Folklorico (
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (

Latinos in Austin
Latino culture in Austin (
Asociación de Colombianos en Austin (
Centro Argentino de Austin (
Hispanic Women's Network of Texas Austin Chapter (

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