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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law tops the nation as the best law school for Asian students in a new survey released in the spring 2021 issue of preLaw Magazine.

The magazine ranked the top 25 law schools in the nation. The UH law school continues to lead the country with 50.1% of its students identifying as either Asian or Native Hawaiian.

Additionally, 41.7% of the faculty are identified as being members of a minority group.

PreLaw’s methodology included: grading schools based on the percentage of students in each ethnic group (50% of score); the percentage of minority professors (25% of score); and diversity services offered by the school (25% of score).

UH law Dean Camille Nelson noted that Richardson’s diversity is an important strength, bringing together students with a rich array of backgrounds, interests and perspectives.

“Our diversity is intrinsic to our excellence,” said Nelson. “We welcome the recognition of the diverse and inclusive excellence that makes Richardson law a special place to learn to be a legal professional ready for the world’s opportunities and challenges.”

In the same spring issue, UH law school earned an “A” grade for its international law program, and was listed as one of the top 25 law schools for all clerkships, with 23.2% of its graduates finding clerkships.

Richardson was among 13 schools earning A’s for international law, including Cardozo School of Law, Duke University, Fordham University and the University of Michigan.

For more information, see the UH law school website.

—By Beverly Creamer

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