In the November 2012 issue of the National Jurist, Florida International University College of Law was recognized as the third most diverse law school in the U.S., with a final score of 8.1 – a score well above the median of 4.83.
To determine the most diverse ABA-accredited law schools, the magazine broke down each school into six categories – percentage of minority faculty; percentage of black students; percentage of Asian and Hawaiian students; percentage of Hispanic students; percentage of American Indian students and other minorities; and percentage of Caucasian students. Each category was then assigned a score from one to 10. A school that matched the U.S. national average for any race received a seven, and a school that was 30 percent or higher than the average received a 10. Editors noted that the final outcome of the study is a listing of schools “that have a breadth of races both in student bodies and faculty.”
Of the law schools ranked in the honor roll for diversity, FIU Law boasts the highest percentage of Hispanic students (39%), as well as the highest faculty diversity score (10.0).
“This diversity does not happen by accident. We are part of a university that embraces diversity in its many forms. We understand the positive impact a diverse environment can have not only on minority students, but on the student body as a whole. We remain committed to this founding principle, and through first-generation scholarships, we will work to ensure that all our students have access to opportunities,” said Dean R. Alexander Acosta.