UH Law Center Among Nation's Top 25 in Degrees Granted to Hispanics

According to the latest data released by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, the University of Houston Law Center ranks 22nd nationally for total number of law degrees conferred on Hispanic students in 2009. Of 341 degrees granted by the Law Center, 10 percent were awarded to Hispanic conferees.

"It's a great accomplishment to be included in The Outlook's nationally recognized rankings," said Law Center dean Raymond T. Nimmer. "The percentage of Hispanic Law Center graduates is a testament to the university's diverse campus community and the hard work of our renowned faculty and staff."

The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Miami, American University, Florida International University and Saint Thomas University (FL) round out the top five ranked law schools. Texas, Florida, California and New York are home to the most law schools included in the rankings.

UH also is among the 15 ranked schools that granted more degrees to Hispanic women than Hispanic men. The men outnumbered the women at nine of the other ranked schools, while Columbia University in the City of New York conferred degrees to an equal number of men and women.

The Hispanic Outlook rankings were compiled via data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. This latest edition of the annual report is the first to include first major, first professional and professional practice degrees.

Additional research published by the Law School Admission Council Inc. (LSAC) indicates a dramatic growth in Hispanic law school students over the past decade (2000-2009). The LSAC study also found a 40 percent increase in Hispanic law school enrollees from 2000 to 2009, compared to an increase of about 10 percent among both black and white students over the same period of time.