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Recruiting efforts have boosted the number of first-year students at Texas Tech University School of Law by more than 20 percent and increased the percentage of women and minorities attending the Lubbock, Texas, institution, officials there say. University officials say they have an incoming class of 270 students, a substantial increase over the 220 they had hoped to enroll. The law school totals 660 students now. W. Frank Newton, dean of the law school, says there was a 4 percent increase over last year in the number of incoming women students, who make up 46 percent of this year’s class. In addition, he says, the number of Hispanic students increased from 15 in last year’s entering class to 30 and the number of African-American students from three to 10. Newton says the increases bring minority enrollment at the school closer to what it was before Hopwood v. Texas, the 1996 ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibits Texas colleges and universities from using race as a criterion in admissions. “It’s taken a while to get back there, not just for us, but for other law schools as well,” Newton says. The dean credits the jump in enrollment to making quicker admissions decisions and having students available to talk to applicants who had been accepted. In addition, other aspects of the Texas Tech law school, such as its scholarships and its reputation in the legal field, make it attractive to prospective students, he says.

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