Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law was just ranked 1st in the nation as the ‘Best Environment for Minority Students’ in the annual Princeton Review rankings that rate the country’s top 168 law schools.
Princeton Review has also ranked the University of Hawai‘i Law School 4th in the country for the ‘Most Diverse Faculty.’ The Review points out that 42 percent of the Law School faculty are members of minority groups and 43 percent are women.
These top rankings put the William S. Richardson School of Law among the nation’s most outstanding law schools, according to the education services company that publishes more than 150 review books annually that examine top qualities in the country’s colleges, universities, and professional schools.
Dean Avi Soifer said the new rankings for 2013 underscore two of the exceptional aspects of the Richardson Law School that set it apart from other highly ranked law schools.
Soifer said, “These rankings cannot capture the mutual support that accompanies the rigorous training we offer, but it is certainly great to be recognized for our welcoming environment and for our diversity, along with our innovative educational approach that was featured recently in another survey.”
Richardson Law School is one of only 59 schools (about 35 percent of the 168 profiled) that appear on one or more of the Review’s ranking lists.
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, the schools profiled in the lists were chosen “based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of traditional data we collect from the school….We recommend William S. Richardson School of Law as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a law school degree.”
The rankings, released nationally yesterday morning, are gathered through student surveys of schools across the nation and administrative data. For its Best Law Schools report, Princeton Review surveyed online more than 18,000 students at 168 law schools and collected data from school administrators.
But the Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 168, nor does it name one law school as best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories.
Ten lists are based entirely or partly on the Review’s surveys of students. They were conducted during the 2011-12, 2010-11, and 2009-10 academic years. One list, “Toughest to get into,” is based solely on institutional data.
The Review includes comments from Richardson students who said the school is “Nestled at the Crossroads of the Pacific” and offers local, national and international students “an equal opportunity to get a law degree while enjoying a little piece of heaven on earth.”
Students also noted, however, that none of the laid-back nature of the students and faculty took away from the school’s ‘rigorous’ academics.
Franek said that the Review greatly respects the opinions of students who “rate and report on their experiences … on an 80-question student survey.” The Princeton Review’s survey asks law students about their schools’ academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans.
The Princeton Review analysis points to many additional strengths at the University of Hawai‘i Law School, including:
- The student/faculty ratio of 8:1.
- The average LSAT score of 156.
- Specializations in Environmental and International law.
The lists are posted at www.PrincetonReview.com/law-school-rankings.aspx
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