SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 27, 2023—Santa Clara University School of Law continues to be one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, earning the No. 20 spot on PreLaw Magazine’s 2022 Best Schools for Diversity list.
As part of its annual issue ranking schools that excel in diversity, international law, innovation, and more, PreLaw Magazine evaluated all ABA-accredited law schools based on how well each school matched with the U.S. average for the respective minority population: Black or African American, Hispanic, Asian (including Native Hawaiian), and Native American faculty and students.
“We are so proud that Santa Clara Law continues to be one of the most diverse law schools in the nation,” said Dean Michael Kaufman. “Our diversity is, and always will be, one of our greatest distinctive strengths, and is vital to graduating lawyers who understand, represent, and seek justice for those most marginalized in our world.”
Fifty-seven percent of Santa Clara Law’s current student body identifies as persons of color, and 22% are first-generation. As a community committed to racial justice, Santa Clara Law recognizes both the great strides it has made in diversity, as well as the continuing work that will be required to attain the diverse and inclusive campus to which the law school aspires.
Santa Clara Law has a commitment to training lawyers who represent the growing diversity of California and the country.
International and Tech Law Top Honors from PreLaw Magazine
In its current issue, PreLaw Magazine also awarded Santa Clara Law an A+ for both its International Law Program and its Tech Edge J.D. Program, based on the breadth of its curricular offerings.
The law school was among 15 schools that received an A+ grade for being a leader in international law and helping students be better equipped in matters of global economics, business law, and human rights law—among other areas of law that are heavily influenced by international law. The international law curriculum at Santa Clara includes a broad offering of courses, access to the most extensive and one of the oldest law summer abroad programs of any law school in the country, and access to a number of international speakers and scholars throughout the year.
Additionally, the school’s Center for Global Law and Policy offers opportunities for students and faculty to advance international and comparative law scholarship and education at Santa Clara University.
The law school was also among 12 schools that earned an A+ grade for its Technology Program (Tech Edge J.D.) which has trained attorneys who are leading law firms and technology companies in Silicon Valley. Santa Clara is known for providing leadership and scholarship to increase diversity and inclusion in innovation and inventorship.
“Our signature programs in tech law and international law are among our greatest distinctive strengths, preparing our students for rewarding careers in two of the most growing and impactful practice areas,” said Kaufman. “We are gratified that National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine has recognized the strength and quality of these leading programs by honoring them with its highest A+ ranking.”
About Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law, one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice. Santa Clara Law offers students an academically rigorous program including certificates in high tech law, international law, public interest and social justice law, and privacy law, as well as numerous graduate and joint degree options. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Law is nationally distinguished for its faculty engagement, preparation for practice, and top-ranked programs in intellectual property. For more information, see law.scu.edu.
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