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September 7, 2004

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

UT Law Ranked #1 Law School for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine for Fourth Consecutive Time

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin School of Law was named the number one law school in the country for Hispanics in the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine (September 2004).

This is the fourth consecutive time that The Law School has received this distinction. Previously, Hispanic Business magazine ranked UT Law the number one law school in the nation for Hispanics in September 2001, March 2002, and September 2003. The current issue reports The Law School retains its ranking for the third consecutive year. Hispanic Business also ranked UT Law number one for Hispanics in Sepember 1999.

In ranking UT Law first among all law schools, Hispanic Business magazine wrote, "Amid continuing cuts in state funding – and plans calling for little extra federal money – institutions on this year's list are using a variety of programs to continue to score high in the number of Hispanic students enrolled, percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty, services for Hispanic students, Hispanic student recruitment efforts and retention rates, quality of education, and reputation. “We work very hard to make minority students realize within a very short time of being here, that we want them here and that we are going to work to make it a good experience for them,” says William Powers, dean of The University of Texas at Austin's School of Law, which retains its top law school rank for the third consecutive year.""

The magazine also reports, "As part of its efforts to recruit Hispanic students, The UT-Austin School of Law reaches out to undergraduate universities in regional cities such as El Paso and San Antonio. "What we need to do is keep vigilant that we don't say, 'We've achieved some diversity, so let's just coast,’" says Mr. Powers. "That's why I and our admissions office and our students go out every year to many places [with large Hispanic populations].""

In describing the process used to rank law schools, Hispanic Business magazine reported that they sent questionnaires to 174 law schools across the nation that have programs accredited by the American Bar Association.

For the full story, titled "In a Class of Their Own" go to:

The University of Texas at Austin School of Law is the national leader in constitutional law, labor law, wills and estates, comparative law and admiralty. With more than 650 African-American alumni and 1,300 Mexican-American alumni, The School of Law has worked for decades to create a diverse alumni base and student population.

Related links:
"In a Class of Their Own," Hispanic Business:
1st Year: UT Law Ranked #1 by Hispanic Business:
2nd Year: UT Law Rated #1 by Hispanic Business:
3rd Year: UT Law Ranked #1 by Hispanic Business: