University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law

University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law

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Set in a valley about 15 minutes from downtown Honolulu, the University of Hawaii at Manoa — William S. Richardson School of Law makes up for in employment rates what it might lack in size.


Dean Aviam Soifer points to the school’s unique atmosphere as a source of its students’ success.


“Ours is a law school that students really like,” Soifer said. “We’re lucky to live in a face-to-face culture where students support each other and the faculty is eager to see them succeed. There’s something to be said for the aloha spirit.”


The school is the smallest in the region with only 306 students, and it is tied with the  University of New Mexico for the lowest student-to-faculty ratio in the region, at 8.64-to-1.


Professors tend to be highly committed to the students’ education, Soifer said, even putting together a scholarship to help students with a financial burden succeed at the school.


Soifer believes it’s the close-knit community of the islands that helps students find jobs after graduation. A majority of graduates remain in state to work judicial clerkships.


On top of its small class sizes and picturesque location, the school offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the region, at just $19,006 for in-state students.

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75th Percentile1563.6
25th Percentile1502.89
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$17,544$35,112
Living Expenses
Median grant$4000
Percent receiving grants56.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 88.70%
NJ Employment77.04
Bar Passage72.55%
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