SCU’s law school ranked among the best in the U.S.

Santa Clara University’s School of Law was named one of the top 100 law schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Santa Clara University’s School of Law was named one of the top 100 law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The annual graduate school ranking also noted that nine out of every 10 SCU law graduates are employed nine months after graduation.

“For 90 percent of our law graduates to be employed nine months after graduation in light of the current economic climate is quite remarkable,” says Skip Horne, assistant dean for law career services. “The law school’s connections to the legal community, technology, and business in Silicon Valley pay off handsomely for our students.”

The magazine ranked the law school’s intellectual property program among the top 10 for the sixth year in a row and named the school one of the top 10 most diverse in the country.

“The diversity of students and faculty at SCU’s law school is a result of our efforts to recruit more women and minorities into the program,” said Julia Yaffee, assistant dean for student services. The largest ethnic group at the SCU law school is Asian American, at 26 percent, according to the magazine.

The survey noted that bar passage rates for SCU School of Law graduates had jumped significantly, from 72 percent to 82 percent. Applications for the coming academic year also jumped 40 percent.

The rankings were published by U.S. News &World Report on its Web site and in a special annual “Best Graduate Schools” edition.

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