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preLaw magazine will release a report on the most diverse law schools in its Winter issues for the third time since 2012. This year, 60 law schools will be recognized, down from 70 in 2014.

The report is designed to identify the schools that have a breadth of races in their student and faculty, and that best match the national average.

To determine the most diverse law schools, preLaw 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 percentage of Caucasian students. 

The editors then assigned each school a score from one to 10 for all categories, except for American Indians, which were scored on a scale of one to five.

A school that matched the U.S. national average for any race received a seven (or 3.5 for American Indian), and a school that was 30 percent or greater than the national average received a 10. The editors then weighted the student categories as 75 percent of the final diversity score and faculty at 25 percent.

Each school was assigned a grade, with schools that received a B+, A-, A or A+ being honored in the magazine. The magazine will also rank schools that received an A+ or A. 

The Winter issue will appear in January 2017.

Honorees include (in alphabetical order):

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL

ATLANTA'S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SHOOL

BARRY UNIVERSITY

CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW

CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF

CALIFORNIA-HASTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF

CALIFORNIA-IRVINE, UNIVERSITY OF

CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF

CHARLOTTE SCHOOL OF LAW

CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

HAWAII, UNIVERSITY OF

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

HOUSTON, UNIVERSITY OF

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

ILLINOIS, UNIVERSITY OF

JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY-LOS ANGELES

MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY OF

MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW

MEMPHIS, UNIVERSITY OF

MIAMI, UNIVERSITY OF

NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF

NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

SAN FRANCISCO, UNIVERSITY OF

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL

ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW

TOURO COLLEGE

UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA - LAS VEGAS

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS DALLAS

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF LAW

WHITTIER LAW SCHOOL

WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY