New pilot program allows direct admission without LSAT to UH Law School

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: May 11, 2015

There’s still time to apply to UH Law School under a new pilot program that does not require the LSAT exam. Recent changes in American Bar Association rules have made it possible for highly qualified new UH Mānoa graduates and very recent alumni to apply directly to the UH Law School without taking the Law School Admissions Test.

Deadline is Tuesday, July 7.

Applicants under the new pilot “Direct Admission Program” must meet the following criteria to apply directly to the William S. Richardson School of Law:

  • They have not already taken the LSAT and do not plan to take the June 2015 LSAT.
  • They graduated (or will graduate) from UH Mānoa between August 2014 and August 2015.
  • They earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in six semesters of undergraduate, academic work at UH Mānoa. (Students and alumni may view their academic record in MyUH. Click STAR Degree Check/View Transcript.)
  • They scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT. (Students and alumni may find the national percentiles on their score reports.)

UHM students or alumni who have already taken the LSAT or will take the June 2015 LSAT are not eligible for this new pilot program, but may still apply via the Law School’s regular admissions process.

Those interested in the new Direct Admission Program should email Admissions Director Elisabeth Steele Hutchison at before Friday, May 22. Questions about the program may also be directed to her at (808) 956-5557.

The new rule has come about as a result of recent revisions of the ABA "Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law." (See ABA Standards and Interpretations, Chapter 5: Admissions and Student Services.)

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