Seventy institutions made the 2015 diversity rankings, which sought to “identify the schools that do the best job of enrolling students of all races, thereby increasing the likelihood of different voices in the classroom,” according to the magazine.
PreLaw Magazine evaluated schools based on six categories: the percentages of minority faculty, black students, Asian and Hawaiian students, Hispanic students, American Indian students and Caucasian students. Each school’s score in those categories were compared with the national average.
With 33.5 percent Hispanic students, St. Mary’s had the fourth-largest percentage of Hispanic students among the “Most Diverse” law schools, according to the magazine.
“St. Mary’s has been committed to creating access for people of many races and identities since its founding. It is a part of our mission to welcome and care for all,” said Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., Dean of the School of Law. “This supports our dedication to offering professional education of the highest quality and creating a community of lawyers that understands and can represent every voice in America.”
In June 2014, the School of Law was also honored as a “Best Value Private Law School” by PreLaw Magazine’s parent publication, The National Jurist.