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September 8, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 232-1408 or jbart@law.utexas.edu.

UT Law Named a Top Law School for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin School of Law was named one of the top law schools in the country for Hispanics in the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine (September 2006).

Of the top three law schools ranked this year, The University of Texas at Austin educates more Hispanic students than the others combined. Hispanic Business reported that there were 241 Hispanic students enrolled at UT Law during the 2005-06 school year. This compares to only 87 at number one ranked University of New Mexico and 136 at number two ranked University of Miami.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the Law School has been among the top three. For four years in a row (2001-2004), UT Law was ranked first in the nation by the magazine. Hispanic Business has ranked UT Law among the top ten best schools for Hispanics since 1998, the year the magazine began ranking graduate and professional schools. The Law School was ranked third in 1998, first in 1999, and sixth in 2000.

In ranking UT Law as one of the best law school’s for Hispanics, Hispanic Business wrote:

“Students have access to a world-class international business and law curriculum at the University of Texas at Austin. Recent innovations include videoconferenced classes held simultaneously in Mexico City and Austin, Texas, an LL.M. program in Latin American and international law, and an Institute for Transnational Law. Organizations include the 120-member Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association (CHLSA), a Hispanic law journal, the permanent office of the Texas-Mexico Bar Association, four UT-Austin Hispanic funds and associations, as well as the internationally respected Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, and the Center for Mexican American Studies.”

The University of Texas School of Law is the national leader in constitutional law, labor law, wills and estates, comparative law, and admiralty. With over 1,600 self-identified Hispanic alumni, more than any other U.S. law school, the School of Law has created a diverse alumni base and student population. Hispanic alumni include former Texas State Bar President Eduardo Rodriguez, Sylvia de Leon, a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington , D.C. and one of the 20 most influential Hispanic women in the U.S. according to Hispanic Business magazine, and U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edward Prado.

Related Press Releases:
UT Law at Head of Diversity Curve:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/021606_diversity.html
UT Law Ranked #1 Law School for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine for Fourth Consecutive Time: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/090704_hispanicbusiness.html
UT Law Ranked #1 Law School for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine For Third Consecutive Year: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2003/090803_hispanic.html
Why UT Law is #1 For Hispanics:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/010704_chlsa.html

Related Resources:
UT Law Commitment to Diversity:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/admissions/studentlife/diversity.html
UT Law Clinical Programs and Internship Opportunities:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/clinics/
UT Law Study Abroad Programs:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/curriculum/studyabroad/index.html
LL.M. program:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/degrees/llm/
Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association (CHLSA):
http://www.chlsa.org/
Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/journals/thjlp/
Texas-Mexico Bar Association:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/international/tmba.html
Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/
Center for Mexican American Studies:
http://www.utexas.edu/depts/cmas/