Law school welcomes its largest incoming class

August 22, 2014  |   |  Comments
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The incoming 2014 law school students taking the William S. Richardson School of Law student pledge in the Supreme Court building.

The incoming 2014 law school students taking the William S. Richardson School of Law student pledge in the Supreme Court building.

While law schools across the country continue to face declining enrollments, the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has welcomed the largest incoming class in its 41 year history.

The class size for the full-time program this fall has almost doubled in size from a year ago, with 99 incoming JD candidates this year compared to 53 last year. The law school also enrolled 24 students in its evening part-time program; another 7 candidates in the LLM (masters of law) program, 7 students in its new advanced JD program, 6 transfer students and 2 visiting students. With all categories included, the fall 2014 entering class stands at a total of 145 students.

While the UH School of Law is one of the smallest in the country, it consistently ranks among the nation’s top tier of American Bar Association accredited law schools in the annual U.S. News and World Report, and is one of the most diverse for its mix of students and faculty.

“This substantial upturn in enrollment did not just happen,” said School of Law Dean Avi Soifer. “Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, our director of admissions, her staff and the faculty and students on our admissions committee—as well as many other faculty and staff members—worked hard to attract these extraordinary students. In addition, Professor Alison Connor helped develop and implement our new Advanced JD program and we recruited outstanding students for the first class.”

Read the School of Law news release for the full story.

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