December 18, 2012
BU Law ranks in top law schools for Hispanic degree-earners
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranks Boston University School of Law #22 in the nation for conferring the most law degrees on Hispanic students.
Data for the magazine’s yearly listing, according to the website, are limited to 2011 doctor’s degree – professional practice. The information is obtained from various lists compiled by National Center for Education Statistics and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System data system. The full listing can be read here (pdf format).
“As dean of the School and as a faculty member, I am deeply aware of the value of diversity within BU Law,” says BU Law Dean Maureen O’Rourke. “Our community is strengthened by the inclusion of students from a range of cultures, countries, backgrounds and beliefs…That commitment to diversity was a distinguishing characteristic of our school when it was founded and continues to be a source of strength today.”
Since the day BU Law opened its doors in 1872, the School has welcomed students of ability without regard to race, gender or religion. Today, among BU Law’s 30+ students organizations are six affinity groups devoted to supporting diversity among the student body, including Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA).
“The different outlooks and backgrounds at BU Law are good for the classroom,” says LALSA’s external vice president Cristina Ramirez (’13). “We can help educate our fellow students this way. My hope is that our differences will make us better lawyers.”