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SANTA CLARA, Calif.–LAWFUEL – US Legal News – Law Jobs – Santa Clara University 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 recognized the law school’s intellectual property law program as one of the top 10 in the country.

Other California law schools with an intellectual property program in the top 10 are University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. “I’m pleased that U.S. News has continued to recognize our IP program. We are continuing to make significant investments in our high-tech and IP law program that I’m confident will yield long-term benefits,” said Eric Goldman, academic director of the high-tech law program and an assistant professor at the law school.

The law school was also named one of the 10 most diverse schools in the country by U.S. News. To identify law schools where students are most likely to encounter classmates from different racial or ethnic groups, U.S. News creates a diversity index based on the total proportion of minority students — not including international students — and the mix of racial and ethnic groups on campus. The index is calculated using demographic data reflecting each law school’s student body during the 2006-07 academic year, including both full- and part-time students. The groups that form the basis for the calculations are African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and non-Hispanic whites.

“Our strong U.S. News ranking is just one more indication of the overall strength of Santa Clara’s law school. We are gratified by the growing national recognition we are receiving,” said Donald J. Polden, dean of the law school.

According to the survey, 95.5 percent of SCU law graduates were employed nine months after graduation.

Other California schools in the top tier include Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Southern California; University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California (Hastings); Loyola Law School; Pepperdine University; University of San Diego; University of the Pacific; and University of San Francisco.

In addition to its juris doctor program, the School of Law offers specialty certificates in high-tech law, international law, and public-interest law, as well as master’s degrees in intellectual property and international law. The University also offers a joint J.D./MBA degree.

The rankings were published this week in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008” publication. The rankings are based on expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. To see a complete list of graduate school rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report online at

About Santa Clara University School of Law

The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Many of its 974 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law, or public interest law. Law degrees may be combined with an MBA or a master’s in taxation. The School of Law also offers lawyers master’s degrees in international and intellectual property law. More information is online at

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,377 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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