AUSTIN, Texas—The School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin has been named in the September issue of Hispanic Business as the nation’s number one law school for Hispanics in its 1999 Directory of Top 10 Law Schools.
“We are very gratified by the recognition and look forward to the day when we will regain our position as a preeminent producer of Hispanic lawyers,” said Michael Sharlot, dean of the UT Austin School of Law.
Vaughn Hagerty, managing editor of Hispanic Business, said the scoring process was designed to be as objective as possible.
The magazine judged the schools on a point system to evaluate the following categories:
- Enrollment: including the number of Hispanic students enrolled and the percentage of Hispanic students compared to total enrollment.
- Faculty: the number of full-time Hispanic faculty members among the total full-time faculty.
- Student services: the number of special programs that recruit Hispanic students at each school, the number of mentorship programs available to Hispanic students, and the number of Hispanic student support organizations active on campus.
- Retention rate: derived by dividing the number of first-year Hispanic students who returned to attend their second year by the number of first-year Hispanic students.
- Reputation: based on the U.S. News & World Report ranking of their programs in the Best Graduate Schools, 2000 Edition.