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                                                     WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE
                                                     As Americans weighed the candidacy of the first woman to run for president on a
                                                     major party ticket, panelists met in late October at the University of Houston Law
                                                     Center to discuss the lengthy struggle for women’s suffrage that led to passage of the
            RANKINGS                                 19th Amendment.
            Three University of Houston Law Center   The “American Women Fight to Vote!” panel, held in Krost Hall, was sponsored by the
            specialty programs maintained their Top 10   Association of Women in Law, the American Constitution Society for Law, the Sports
            rankings in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report   & Entertainment Law Organization, and the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
            survey of the nation's law schools.      Student Group.

            The school's Health Law program tied for 3rd   “We wanted to provide students and staff with an opportunity to reflect on the eve of this
            place while Intellectual Property held the 8th   historic election,” said Neeharika Tumati, president of the Association of Women in Law.
            position. The Law Center's part-time program   UHLC Assistant Professor D. Theodore Rave, Elizabeth Gregory, a UH professor of
            remained tied for 6th among the nation's 81   English and director of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and former Law Center
            schools that offer such programs.        adjunct Professor Judy Dougherty ’78 served as panelists.
            The school’s Environment, Energy & Natural   The discussion concluded with a screening of “Iron Jawed Angels,” a 2004 film starring
            Resources program ranked 28th. Overall, the   Hillary Swank as Alice Paul, a women’s rights advocate and strategist in support of the
            Law Center ranked 54th among the nation's 197   19th Amendment.
            ABA accredited law schools.
            "The Law Center is an excellent institution and
            remained steady in the rankings," said Dean   UHLC PROTECTS ITS BRAND
            Leonard M. Baynes. "Working together, we can
            continue to move this great institution forward."  In October 2016, South Texas College
                                                     of Law, which earlier had rebranded
            The overall rankings are based on several factors   itself as Houston College of Law, agreed
            including peer, judicial, and lawyer assessments,   to change its name to avoid trial on
            undergraduate GPA, LSAT scores, faculty/  a federal trademark suit filed by the
            student ratio, bar passage, and employment rate   University of Houston. A federal judge
            after graduation.                        ruled in favor of the University of Houston Law Center and issued a preliminary
            Specialty programs are ranked by faculty   injunction preventing South Texas from using the new name. UH maintained, and
            teaching in the field. Part-time rankings are   U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison agreed in his order, that the name change and use
            based on reputation among deans and faculty   of the Law Center’s red and white colors in South Texas’ new branding would likely
            at peer schools, LSAT scores, undergraduate   cause confusion between the two schools among prospective students and members
                                                     of the legal community. An agreement was reached, and the downtown school
            GPAs, and the breadth of each school's part-  changed its name to South Texas College of Law Houston.
            time program.
            The Law Center was ranked No. 4 in salary-to-
            debt ratio by, a student loan finance
            company. The criterion, according to SoFi is   DIVERSITY RECOGNIZED
            a law school that, "offers great value for your   The University of Houston Law Center
            investment, with the highest average salary   is among four law schools nationwide
            relative to average student debt."       recognized in September for outstanding
  , an online graduate   commitment to diversity and inclusion by
            school guide, ranked the Law Center ninth   INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine.
            in career support and 16th in networking,   The Law Center and the University of
            according to a survey of students and recent   Houston are among 83 recipients of the
            graduates. The site solicits scores and comments   2016 Higher Education Excellence in
            on 15 categories, covering a variety of student   Diversity (HEED) Award — the only national award honoring institutions for their
            topics, such as academic competitiveness, career   efforts on behalf of diversity. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest
            support, financial aid and quality of network.  diversity-focused publication in higher education.
            The school again was recognized as a ‘Best Value’   UHLC was selected for its numerous diversity initiatives, including the Pre-Law
            in The National Jurist magazine’s annual survey   Pipeline Program, which prepares undergraduate students who are first generation,
            and cited as a ‘Most Diverse’ law school by both   low income or members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession for a
            National Jurist and preLaw magazines.    career in law.

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