Law School ranks high for both full-time and part-time programs

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cynthia D Quinn, (808) 956-6545
Dir, Comm & External Rel, William S Richardson School of Law
Posted: Apr 16, 2010

UH Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law recently moved up to its highest ranking in years in the U.S. News and World Report annual law school rankings this year. The full-time program moved up to 72nd out of 184 accredited law schools, and the new part-time program was 28th out of 84 schools ranked. In fact, the Law School was the smallest school in the top 100 this year as it continues to stress a first-rate legal education that is personalized, hands-on and affordable.
The Law School was also ranked as the 23rd most selective school in terms of the ratio of admission offers/applications and its tuition is among the lowest in the nation.
Additional highlights in the new rankings include:
·        One of top six schools in employment rate nine months after graduation
·        19th lowest average student debt upon graduation
·        Second best student teacher ratio
·        46th best bar passage rate
Dean Aviam Soifer said, “We have many reasons beyond the numbers to be very proud of our Law School. Even though these rankings are skewed against a small school like ours, it is nice to be noticed as we continue to provide opportunities for an excellent, face-to-face legal education within a remarkably diverse student body.”
Soifer went on to add that it is also striking that the Law School’s part-time program was ranked so highly, even though it is only in its second year of existence. It is rare in legal education that students and faculty members really do get to know one another and to learn together.” 
The U.S. News and World Report rankings of professional schools in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine are based on statistical indicators gathered from school administrators across the nation as well as survey results.