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University of Hawaii At Manoa- William S. Richardson School of Law

We provide an excellent professional legal education to highly qualified and diverse students in a collaborative, multidisciplinary educational community that is deeply committed to teaching, scholarship, public service, ethical responsibility, and the pursuit of social and economic justice. We embrace Hawaii's diversity, location, and values. As Hawaii's law school, we recognize a special responsibility to this state and region and to the global community. We lead in important areas of law, including environmental law, Pacific-Asian legal studies, and Native Hawaiian law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 343
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.04 - 3.59
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 74.42%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.4%
In State Tuition $18,094
Out of State Tuition $34,486

Overview

Overview

About University of Hawaii At Manoa- William S. Richardson School of Law

We provide an excellent professional legal education to highly qualified and diverse students in a collaborative, multidisciplinary educational community that is deeply committed to teaching, scholarship, public service, ethical responsibility, and the pursuit of social and economic justice. We embrace Hawaii's diversity, location, and values. As Hawaii's law school, we recognize a special responsibility to this state and region and to the global community. We lead in important areas of law, including environmental law, Pacific-Asian legal studies, and Native Hawaiian law.

Reviews

Life at the University of Hawaii – Manoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law is not as carefree and relaxing as its gorgeous island setting might make you imagine. The course load is “demanding,” but since there is a “tremendous feeling of support from both peers and administration” the school has managed to develop “a proud and loyal student body.” The “amazingly accessible” staff at Manoa are “here to make sure that we succeed and that we enjoy this process.” Richardson may be small, but “the faculty is a distinguished group with diverse backgrounds and experience.” A few students do feel that “more intense attention should be given to developing legal writing/research skills,” but not for lack of resources. Research tools available to students are “more than adequate,” the “amount of books available in the library is quite good,” and librarians and researchers “teach strategies and practical skills.”Some have had a “mixed” experience, with some courses offering “a lot about topics relevant to my career interests” and other courses taught by replacement teachers who “had no experience in teaching the topic.” Overall, however, students feel they have “received a great legal education” by being “challenged academically” at Richardson. Key is the idea that professors “encourage discussion and questions,” with a hands-on process that “allows students to play with the hypotheticals” rather than simply absorb lectures.Students here do not feel cut off from the administration of the school, either. Faculty are supportive of all, even “talented students who may not aspire to law review but will still serve as assets to the profession. “ “When we feel that any part of the school's facili­ties is lacking, there are avenues we can take to express our concerns, and there is often action taken to address our problems.” The administration is even “willing to work with students in order to adjust finals and class schedules.” While some complain “there is a lot of red tape to go through if you want to accomplish anything,” results are the bottom line, and most students agree that the administration is “eager to help students” and “take the time to get to know us.” Students have even “had discussions with the various deans passing in the courtyard.”“Antiquated” facilities vex some students, however, with “unreliable” Internet access and classrooms “not all equipped for the mandatory use of laptops.” The IT staff at Richardson completed a wireless expansion in April 2013. This is balanced by “some of the most competent and experienced professors ever,” an “amazing” group of educators who display “passion for teaching” and a “willingness to personally engage with their students.” As one student notes, these traits “add value to my education and growth.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 14

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 104

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MA (varies), JD/MBA (varies), JD/MS (varies), JD/MSW (varies), JD/PhD (varies)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Environmental
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 73
Full-Time Faculty 28
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 13
Part-Time Faculty 32
Faculty Gender 52% Male
47% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 43% Male
57% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 23%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4%
Multi-racial 29%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 0%
Asian 29%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,094 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,029 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $28,123 $18,094

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $34,486 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,029 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $44,515 $34,486

Financial Aid

83% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$34,575 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

University of Hawaii At Manoa- William S. Richardson School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 160
LSAT Part-Time 151 - 160
LSAT Total 154 - 160

University of Hawaii At Manoa- William S. Richardson School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.04 - 3.59
Part-Time 3.05 - 3.58
Total 3.04 - 3.59

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Best Environment for Minority Students
#3 Most Diverse Faculty
#5 Most Chosen By Older Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 93%
First Time Pass Rate 74%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 30
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85%
Average Starting Salary $54,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 12 15%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 4%
Business Industry 5 6%
Government 16 20%
Public Interest 7 9%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 23 28%
Academia 4 5%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 10 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
WA 1%
CA 2%
HI 91%
International 4%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Hawaii At Manoa- William S. Richardson School of Law include:

  • Junichi Yanagihara - COO & Executive Producer, Sprite Animation Studios
  • James Duke Aiona - former Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai`i
  • Alexa Fujise - Associate Judge, Hawai`i Intermediate Court of Appeals
  • Sabrina McKenna - Hawaii Supreme Court
  • John Waihee - former Governor of Hawaii

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