“Ever since I joined the Santa Clara Law community in 1989, I have been very impressed with this school’s commitment to diversity and its desire to be more inclusive. Our school’s dedication to a multicultural learning environment is evident in a variety of ways, from admissions, financial aid, and career services to active student organizations, a supportive faculty and administration, and a vibrant network of alumni mentors.”
—Jeanette Leach, Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs, Santa Clara Law
- Santa Clara Law has consistently ranked among the top 10 most diverse law schools in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report magazine.
- National Jurist magazine gave Santa Clara Law an A grade in their diversity honor roll in March 2011—a higher score than any other law school in California. In 2009, the year cited by the publication, 43 percent of students and nearly 30 percent of faculty were minority.
- Santa Clara Law ranked fourth in the nation according to Princeton Review’s “Environment for Minority Law Students” (2011).
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Santa Clara Law community, where I get to study with students from many different backgrounds. When I told my friends and family that I was going to law school, they all warned me with horror stories about overly competitive law students; however, fortunately my experience at Santa Clara Law couldn’t be further from that. The atmosphere here is welcoming and collegiate, and I’m glad to be part of a community of students that all do their best to help everyone succeed rather than just looking out for themselves.”
—Angelo Alcid ’13
“I moved here from Florida and if it wasn’t for the incredibly supportive and welcoming Admissions staff and faculty members at Santa Clara Law, I wouldn’t have known that California could be my home and the birthplace of my professional career. From being able to express my anxieties to the staff over the stresses of law school to being invited to a faculty person’s home for Thanksgiving, Santa Clara Law has truly extended itself to make me comfortable. The abundant diversity within the faculty has also enabled me to find meaningful mentors and friends.”
—Cassandra Francois ’13
“The community here at Santa Clara Law has supported me in a number of ways. Professors and fellow students are always so keen to help and offer a word of advice, and I have gained a sense that here at SCU you can always find someone willing to lend a hand—something that has helped me greatly. I am happy to be here and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
—Abimael Bastida ’14
“Never have I felt so supported as my authentic self than I have at Santa Clara Law. SCU’s Jesuit heritage nurtures a culture of openness and respect for human beings of all backgrounds and beliefs. As an officer of the LGBT student organization and as director of the Honors Moot Court Internal competition, I have worked closely with numerous faculty members (some of them openly LGBT) who have gone out of their way to provide guidance and mentorship to me. So, choose Santa Clara for the academic rigor, for the phenomenal faculty, or for its High Tech/IP program, but love Santa Clara for its amazing culture and people.”
— Emily Meyer ’12
“At Santa Clara Law, the faculty and administration make every effort to help you succeed and find your way as a minority. The enriched community has provided a supportive network throughout the entire process of my legal education.”
—Katarina Pena ’14
“Coming to Santa Clara Law was one of the best decisions I ever made. The law school truly embraces diversity and encourages student growth through their many programs, clinics, and activities. The law school faculty and administrators are amazing, and the Santa Clara Law community is so supportive that I feel right at home.”
—Isabella Shin ’13
“I chose Santa Clara Law because of its Jesuit values and diverse student body. I stayed here because the faculty and students encouraged both my academic and personal growth. This supportive environment makes the challenges of law school surmountable and even enjoyable.”
—Barbara Wolfe ’12