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Houston Business Journal names UH Law Center an Outstanding Diverse Organization

UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes accepts the Outstanding Diverse Organization award during the Houston Business Journal’s 2022 Diversity in Business Awards event.

UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes accepts the Outstanding Diverse Organization award during the Houston Business Journal’s 2022 Diversity in Business Awards event.

Oct. 3, 2022 — The University of Houston Law Center was recently recognized in the Outstanding Diverse Organizations category in the Houston Business Journal’s 2022 Diversity in Business Awards.

The award honors organizations that have “contributed to harnessing diversity within their workforces and actively taken the lead to promote and champion the business case for diversity within the community or their industries.”

The Law Center paves forward its commitment to diversity with the Pre-Law Pipeline Program, which prepares undergraduates who are first-generation, low-income or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession for a career in law. During the last seven years, pipeline participants have increased their LSAT scores, on average, by 11-14 points, and more than 100 students have been accepted into law school.

“The Law Center’s mission remains the same irrespective of the complexion or background of our students. The only difference is that we have adapted our programming to meet the needs of these diverse students to ensure that they continue to be successful,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.

The Pre-Law Pipeline Program is just one of many ongoing efforts at the Law Center to promote diversity, civil rights and social justice. The Law Center also has a Diversity, Racial Justice and Human Rights Initiative, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and offers courses and clinical work for students centered on diversity and service to underserved communities who need legal representation.

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