Dec. 14, 2015 — The University of Houston Law Center has been ranked 18th among the top 25 law schools for Hispanics in the country by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine.
The Law Center has maintained its position in the top 20 since 2010.
"I am delighted that the University of Houston Law Center has achieved the distinction of being ranked the 18th law school in the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "Our 2015 entering class comprised more than 21 percent of students who have Hispanic heritage."
In order to increase the number of minorities in the legal profession, Baynes developed a pipeline program for college students considering law school, with the first session held this past summer.
"These students were from mostly first generation backgrounds, and many were Hispanic," Baynes said. "Hispanics are the nation's largest minority group. It is important for the University of Houston Law Center to educate and graduate talented lawyers who reflect the nation's demography."
In addition, Hispanic Outlook Magazine is highlighting two new legal programs at UH Law Center: one provides mentors for at-risk middle school students and the other is an effort to seal juvenile offenders' records for which David Dow, Cullen Professor of Law, was interviewed.
The magazine selects the top schools based on enrollment and completion surveys submitted to the National Center for Education Statistics in Washington D.C., an arm of the U.S. Department of Education.