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The William S. Richardson School of Law incoming class in 2016 taking the student pledge at the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court.

The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has again been named one of the nation’s best law schools, according to The Princeton Review. It ranked second in the U.S. for offering the “Greatest Resources for Minority Students” and for being the law school “Most Chosen by Older Students.”

It was also named eighth in the country for having the “Most Liberal Students.”

The educational services company’s annual evaluation does not rank law schools on an overall basis, but publishes 12 lists rating the top 10 law schools in various categories. The UH law school scores particularly high every year in terms of assisting diverse students, and is one of just 64 schools (39 percent of the 165 schools profiled) that appeared on one or more of the lists.

Dean Avi Soifer was not surprised by the school’s recognition for supporting students from all walks of life, including those who are mid-career professionals. The Evening Part-Time Program, in particular, attracts a wide variety of professionals refocusing or adding new dimensions to their careers.

“Our extraordinary diversity itself contributes significantly to the education of our students, and our diverse first-rate faculty and staff do so as well,” said Soifer. “We are much more a mixed salad than a melting pot, with each ingredient contributing its own zest to a great combination.”

The rankings are based on The Princeton Review’s annual survey, which asked law students about academics, the student body and campus life.

For the full story, see the law school’s website.

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