UH law school continues to rank among best in country

University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

The UH law school has been ranked amongst the top schools in the country again.

That is according to a 2015 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

The Richardson Law School was ranked in 100th place among the 146 best law schools – tying with the University of Oregon Law School, SUNY Buffalo Law School in New York, and Florida International University Law School.

While Richardson Law School was tied for 80th last year, school administrators note that the change this year could be the result of a static bar passage rate.

In the July 2013 bar exam, however, the bar passage rate soared seven points to 82 percent, which could indicate a ranking upswing for 2016.

U.S. News ranked the evening part-time Program 26th in the country, tied with William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota, and Cardozo School of Law in New York. According to U.S. News, nationally 14 percent of the total number of law students are enrolled in part-time programs.

School officials say that UH law school graduates tend to leave an average of $70,000 while other law school graduates may have twice that amount.

The tuition is set at about $20,000 annually for residents and $36,000 for non-residents.

In recent months, Richardson Law School was also highly lauded by Prelaw Magazine, which ranked it 6th in the nation for hands-on service learning, and called it one of America’s “Success Stories” because of its top rankings in diversity for the last two years in a row.

In November 2012, UH Law School was ranked 7th in the Diversity Honor Roll among America’s top 27 law schools by National Jurist magazine, placing among the top 20 U.S. schools for overall diversity and among the top seven with the highest diversity of faculty. Also, in October 2012, Princeton Review listed Richardson as one of the Best 168 Law Schools in the country, ranking Richardson No. 1 as the Best Environment for Minority Students.

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