UH Law School ranks among country's best accredited law schools in various categories

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Oct 14, 2016

Orientation week for the incoming class in August 2016.
Orientation week for the incoming class in August 2016.

The William S. Richardson School of Law at UH has again been ranked as one of the best in the nation in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review, with top mentions in several key categories.

Included among the 172 best American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited U.S. law schools, the UH Law School was ranked:

  • 2nd as the "Best Environment for Minority Students."
  • 3rd as the school "Most Chosen by Older Students.”
  • 2nd as the school with the "Most Diverse Faculty."

Richardson Law School repeatedly ranks among the country’s most outstanding law schools, and is consistently among the top schools in each of the above categories. The UH Law School ranked even higher than it did a year ago in terms of choice by older students and faculty diversity.

The annual survey uses 11 lists to look more closely at what the accredited law schools offer and students' sense of the environment on their campuses.

“We pride ourselves on offering a school that welcomes students, nurtures their growth, and inspires them to excel, but also to give back to their communities,” said Dean Avi Soifer. “These rankings again testify to the creative and inclusive feeling Richardson provides for our students, and the high quality of our faculty.”

The rankings are drawn from surveys of 19,400 students attending the law schools, and from administrators at the schools. The surveys asked students about academics, student body characteristics and campus life, as well as about themselves and their career plans.

Only about 33 percent of the best law schools appear on one or more of the lists used by The Princeton Review, notes Robert Franek, Senior Vice President and publisher of the educational survey.

The Princeton Review editors explained: “We don't have a ‘Best Overall Academics’ ranking list nor do we rank the law schools 1 to 172 on a single list, because we believe each of the schools offers outstanding academics. We believe that hierarchical ranking lists that focus solely on academics offer very little value to students and only add to the stress of applying to law school.”

The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, is an education services company known for its tutoring, admission and test-prep services, books and other student resources. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

For more information, visit: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/