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William S. Richardson School of Law’s new Clinical and Trial Advocacy building set to open in 2019.

The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been reaccredited for 10 years by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions.

The law school’s long and rigorous reaccreditation process took place from 2016–17 and was granted until 2026–27. It was first accredited in 1982.

Said Dean Avi Soifer, “The accreditation committee concluded that we have demonstrated compliance with ABA standards…(and therefore) the law school remains an approved school.”

In the past, ABA accreditation was for only a seven-year period, but was recently extended to 10 years, said Soifer, who has overseen three reaccreditation processes at UH since he arrived in 2003. See the full story on the law school’s website.

The law school also welcomed its second largest incoming class of 131 students during fall orientation activities. The cohort includes 98 full-time students, 19 evening part-time program students; 5 master of laws students; and other advanced JD, transfer, visiting and international exchange students.

The law school’s largest incoming class of 145 students enrolled in 2014. See the story on the law school’s website.