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New 2013 Richardson law students enjoy orientation. (Photo courtesy of the William S. Richardson School of Law)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law has topped the nation’s law schools as the Best Environment for Minority Students, according to the latest 2014 rankings by The Princeton Review.

The School of Law also placed third in the country for Most Diverse Faculty and fifth for Most Chosen by Older Students, according to the newly released educational study.

The company also features the School of Law in the new 2014 edition of its book, The Best 169 Law Schools, published by Random House/Princeton Review and released on October 8, 2013.

“We recommend Richardson Law School as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a law school degree,” noted Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for the book.”

School of Law Dean Avi Soifer said the school is gratified by its high rankings. “We are very proud to celebrate diversity on an everyday basis,” Soifer noted, “but at the same time we proudly offer excellent teaching in first-rate practical courses, which range from business law through numerous topics about the law of Asia to civil rights and liberties, social justice and a wide variety of environmental issues.”

This is the second year in a row that the School of Law has been singled out for its welcoming of a diverse student body.

Richardson’s choice as best in the U.S. for minority students included comments from law students about the “friendly, supportive environment,” and other statements noting how students in recent classes “respect each other” and “quickly gelled.”

Read the UH Mānoa news release for more.