William S. Richardson School of Law featured in the Princeton Review's "Best 170 Law Schools: 2007 Edition"

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Nov 22, 2006

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law is one of the nation‘s most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the school in the just-published 2007 edition of its "Best 170 Law Schools" (Random House/Princeton Review, Oct. 3, 2006, $22.95).

The William S. Richardson School of Law ranked second in "Best Environment for Minority Students," and sixth for the "Most Diverse Faculty."

"Best 170 Law Schools" has two-page profiles of the schools with summaries on their academics, student life, and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity, and career placement services. In the profile for the William S. Richardson School of Law, Princeton Review editors describe the school as "having a rigorous curriculum, but professors are always willing to lend a hand."

The book quotes students engaging in the school‘s career networking services, with one commenting, "As a 1L, I have had many opportunities to meet and talk with a variety of lawyers. For example, through the Launch-a-Lawyer program that pairs students with a lawyer in the community, I already have a volunteer job for winter break!"

In the "Survey Says…" section, The Princeton Review lists topics that UH Mānoa law students surveyed for the book most agreed about. The list includes "diverse opinions accepted in classrooms," and "abundant externship, internship, and clerkship opportunities." The Princeton Review‘s 80-question survey asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their school‘s academic, student, and campus life.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP-Publishing, "We chose schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools. We are pleased to recommend the William S. Richardson School of Law to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn a law school degree."

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single list from 1 to 170, or name one law school best overall. The book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories. The lists are posted at www.princetonreview.com.

Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review‘s surveys of 17,000 students attending the 170 law schools profiled in the book. Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists. Conducted over the past three academic years, the student surveys were done primarily online. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based solely on institutional data. All schools were eligible for consideration for this list.

"Best 170 Law Schools" also has advice on applying to schools and funding for degrees. The book is one of 200 Princeton Review titles published by Random House. The line includes annual guides to the best business schools and medical schools, plus guides to graduate school application essays and admission exams. The Princeton Review is also known for its college and career guidebooks, test-prep courses and other education services. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

The William S. Richardson School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited public law school with an enrollment of approximately 305 students with academic specialties in environmental law, international law, and Pacific-Asian legal studies. For more information about the school, visit www.hawaii.edu/law.

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