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NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center Ranks Among Top 5 Law Schools for Hispanics

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. –  Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad Law Center was ranked 5th nationally in’s2014 Annual Diversity Report as one of the Best Law Schools for Diversity Practices . In addition, the Law Center placed 3rd, among the top 10 schools identified in the percentage of “Hispanic graduate enrollment” and “J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.”  NSU’s Law Center continues to garner top rankings nationally as a leader in providing quality legal education to diverse populations.  Revised Law Center Diversity

According to, the 40 schools that appear in the 2014 Best Schools for Hispanics edition, represents the “cream of the crop when it comes to institutions of higher learning with Hispanic postgraduate enrollments.” The rankings are based on several categories including enrollment, faculty numbers and programs designed to attract and retain Hispanic students. Founded in 1979, focuses on growth developments in the U.S. Hispanic market. The company delivers research-driven content on topics such as economic trends, diversity and philanthropy, supply-chain development, best business practices, and career development opportunities.

“NSU is honored to receive continued recognition as an institution with a student and faculty population that is reflective of the diverse community we serve,” said NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. “As a student-centered institution, we are committed to providing quality educational opportunities that will enable our students to thrive in a diverse and global society.”

Earlier this year, U.S. News &World Report’s issue of Best Graduate Schools for Law, released March 11, ranked the NSU Law Center No. 3 nationally for diversity with a 0.65 diversity index. The Law School Diversity Index also indicates that the Law Center ranks first for diversity among all law schools in Florida. The Diversity Index identified law schools in which students are most likely to encounter classmates from a different racial or ethnic group. In compiling the data, U.S. News & World Report did not include law schools enrolling a large proportion of students from any one ethnic group, since there is a low likelihood that law students at that school will encounter peers from a different ethnic group than their own.

“Diversity is one of NSU’s eight core values,” said Jon Garon, dean of the Law Center. “Our students’ diversity reflects the broader community with many different cultures, races, and nationalities. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and the engagement with the community at large. Learning happens both in and out of the law school classroom. Being exposed to a wide range of perspectives provides students opportunities to become better practitioners.”


About the Shepard Broad Law Center: Nova Southeastern University’s Law Center offers a rigorous traditional academic program in three-year day and four-year evening versions, as well as dual-degree programs. Additionally, NSU Law offers three online Master of Science degrees in law in the areas of education, employment, and health. NSU Law prides itself on preparing graduates to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the courtroom or boardroom. Lawyering Skills and Values (LSV)-Every student completes a four-semester LSV sequence that combines traditional legal reasoning, writing, and research with an introduction to lawyer interviewing, counseling, negotiating, mediating, advocating, and other critical skills in a simulated law firm experience. For more information please visit

About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 27,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence!

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