Richardson among “Best Law Schools for 2023” for diverse faculty, older students, clerkships

The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa was again ranked among the “Best Law Schools for 2023” by the Princeton Review.

Released January 31, the education service company’s annual rankings list recognized Richardson Law School among the nation’s top 10 law schools in multiple categories: #2 for “Most Diverse Faculty,” #4 for “Most Chosen By Older Students,” and #8 for “Best for State and Local Clerkships.” Out of 168 schools, less than 45% appear on one or more lists.

The report uses a methodology which factors in more than 60 data points, surveying administrators and students at 168 law schools. The 2023 list was determined using surveys from administrators taken from 2021-2022, and surveys of 17,0000 students conducted over three academic years. Topics covered a number of aspects, ranging from career services, graduation rates, and faculty to campus culture and career plans.

Law students surveyed commented on the accessibility of faculty and their scholarship and expertise in their respective fields. Professors “are all well-versed in their fields” and are “active practitioners and scholars.” A small, student body, a welcoming Hawai‘i legal community, and robust career support was also emphasized.

Externships and employment are cited as “numerous and relatively easy to procure,” as surveys affirmed a supportive administration, opportunities for networking, and an education that includes active engagement with the local legal community in Hawai’i. “Lawyers and judges regularly provide guidance and opportunities [for Richardson] students,” noted one student.

Trisha Nakamura, Interim Associate Dean of Student Services, also emphasized the incredible opportunities as well as the Law School’s excellent relationships with the legal community. “Our students have great access to unique programming, including attending Hawai’i Supreme Court oral arguments held at the Law School, visits to the Hawai’i State Judiciary, and externships with federal and state judges.”

The William S. Richardson School of Law has previously been recognized nationally for multiple areas, such as its Evening Part-Time Program, Environmental Law Program, and International Law. The institution’s full profile in the latest “Best Law Schools for 2023” list is available online.