About Us

About Us


JD Admissions application deadline: Rolling

Full-Time JD Program Tuition 2013-14: Residents $9,168 per semester, Non-Residents $18,120 per semester

JD Acceptance Rate for 2013: 33.27% (184 of 553)

JD Enrollment Rate for 2013: 35.86% (66 of 184), including students in our Part-Time JD Program and Ulu Lehua Scholars Program)

Condition Scholarship Retention Rate for Students Entering in 2012

2013 Entering Class Profile

53 Full-Time JD Students; 13 Part-Time JD Students

GPA: 25th Percentile 3.03, 75th Percentile 3.61 (as of October 1, 2013)*

LSAT: 25th Percentile 155, 75th Percentile 159 (as of October 1, 2013)*

Neighbor Island Students: 8

*LSAT/UGPA percentiles were calculated by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) based on matriculant lists provided by the William S. Richardson School of Law to the American Bar Association (ABA).

2013 Full-Time JD Entering Class Profile

Our Mission

The William S. Richardson School of Law is a collaborative, multicultural community preparing students for excellence in the practice of law and related careers that advance justice and the rule of law.

We develop highly qualified, ethical professionals through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service.

We embrace Hawai‘i’s diversity and values and recognize a special responsibility to our state and the Pacific region.

We lead in environmental law, Native Hawaiian law, and Pacific-Asian legal studies.


The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has been accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association since 1982. The Section of Legal Education may be contacted at 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610 or by phone at (312) 988-6738. The Law School has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) since 1989.


Students:  365

Full-Time Faculty:  34

Degrees: JD, LLM; many dual degrees, including JD-MBA, JD-PhD, and JD-MA

Certificates: Environmental Law, Native Hawaiian Law, Pacific-Asian Law

Clinics offered in Spring 2014: 14 - All our students complete two credits of clinical courses before they graduate, and perform at least 60 hours of pro bono work.