Nov. 6, 2014 – The University of Houston Law Center showed improvement in its diversity report card moving from a B+ to an A- this year in a report issued jointly by preLaw and The National Jurist magazines.
The publications surveyed ABA-accredited law schools in six categories: percentage of minority faculty and percentages of black students, Asian and Hawaiian students, Hispanic students, Native American students, and Caucasian students. Grades were determined by a weighted point system.
Minorities in this year’s incoming class at UHLC comprised 17.3 percent Hispanic, 12.9 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 6 percent Black/African-American, and 2.1 percent Native American.
Dean Leonard M. Baynes applauded the leadership of former Deans Stephen Zamora and Raymond Nimmer and former Interim Dean Richard Alderman whose hard work helped achieve this recognition. He also thanked Assistant Dean for Admissions Jamie Dillon and the Admissions Committee for their dedication to diversity. “Excellence and diversity go hand in hand,” Baynes noted.
“The admissions staff works hard to enroll a highly-qualified, diverse student body,” Dillon said, “so we appreciate this recognition of our efforts and of the value of diversity in legal education. A diverse student body enriches the educational experience for all of our students.
“The Law Center offers a top-notch education in a collegial, welcoming environment, and in a city with excellent career prospects—a highly desirable combination that helps us to recruit a diverse student body.”
Professor Zachary Bray, chairman of the admissions committee, echoed her comments: “My colleagues on the faculty generally and the admissions committee specifically are committed to the responsibility that the Law Center has as the leading law school in Houston, the most diverse city in the nation. We also know that our students learn best in classrooms that reflect and draw upon this terrific resource.”
To further expand diversity at the Law Center, the dean is implementing a Pre-Law Pipeline Program specifically designed to provide resources to first generation, low income, undergraduate, minority students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The program, scheduled to launch next summer, aims to prepare these students to meet the demands of the LSAT exam, the law school application process, and their law school career, according to Kristen Guiseppi, program manager.
Click here to read the National Jurist article and see the complete list of scores.