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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law was recognized again as one of the nation’s top law schools for diversity and earned high ratings for its international law program in the winter 2022 issue of preLaw magazine.

The UH law school was named one of the nation’s “Best Law Schools for Diversity,” and was one of 45 law schools ranked as “Best Schools for Hispanics.”

preLaw magazine also gave UH law school an A- rating for international law—one of 42 law schools recognized for their international law programs. The UH law school offers foundational courses and advanced electives in international law, and a certificate in international law.

“It is heartening to be recognized in these areas, especially at this time,” said Camille Nelson, UH law school dean. “Richardson law takes seriously its mission as an inclusively excellent law school in a unique location where international questions and conversations are prominent and common.”

“We are fortunate to be able to bring together a diverse and unique group of students each year,” said Loreto Coloma, Jr., UH law school acting director of admissions. “This is further emphasized in the life experiences that the students bring to the classroom, lending to a richer learning experience within this tight-knit student community.”

Methodology for preLaw’s ranking of law schools’ diversity was based on three different data points: the percentages of students in each ethnic group, percentages of minority law professors and the diversity services offered by the school.

Diverse environments and specialties such as international law are in high demand, particularly during a time when increased globalization is evident, and interest in social justice issues and addressing systemic racism have been magnified on a national scale.

Professor Carole Petersen said, “Given that we are located midway between Asia and the continental United States, it is not surprising that Richardson Law School takes international law very seriously. Multilateral treaties now address almost every aspect of public life—the economy, the environment, human rights, armed conflict and even public health.”

This recognition is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Enhancing Student Success (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

For more information, see the UH law school website.

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