SCU Law Dean Anna Han
Dean's Letter

Letter from the Dean — April 2021

Dear Alumni & Friends,

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well. The resilience of our law school community remains a source of encouragement and inspiration even during these incredibly challenging times.

Our nation is once again facing a reckoning with racial justice. In a recent message sent out to students, staff, and faculty I wholeheartedly added my voice to those others, including our University’s, condemning the shocking and terrible anti-Asian violence that has been happening throughout our country. This violence directed at the APIDA community is another manifestation of racism that we must all stand firm against.

As the U.S. News embargo ended on March 30,  I am sharing the news of the Law School’s U.S. News rankings, which fell from 107 to 126. Although this drop is unfortunate, I am confident that Santa Clara Law continues to be on a strong foundation and heading in the right direction: we remain number 4 for our Intellectual Property program and rank among the top 50 in International Law and part-time programs. However, we take this decline seriously and we are diligently analyzing the causes and ensuring that we take appropriate corrective measures. One such measure is to ensure that we admit another strong class this fall as we did last year. Given the increase in overall applications and a significant increase in students with high LSAT scores, we are hopeful that we will yield an excellent entering class. We are also pleased to see an increase in applications from minority/underrepresented communities that we have been proactively recruiting.  I applaud our Admissions team, as well as the faculty, staff, and alumni who have participated in these ongoing efforts to recruit a diverse and talented class. 

Despite these instances of disappointing news, the latest virus statistics give us hope that an end is in sight for this pandemic. With millions of vaccinations happening in the U.S and our local tier colors creeping down, I am hopeful that we may be able to offer some in-person learning for our law school community this fall and our lives will return to a semblance of “normal”.  This is a development we all long for.

With my best wishes for a safe and beautiful Spring season,

Anna Han
Interim Dean
Santa Clara Law