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University of Hawaii at Manoa (William S. Richardson School of Law)




The William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, Hawai'i is exceptional both for its location and its commitment to pluralism and diversity within the law, society, and academia. As the only ABA-accredited law school in the Pacific-Asia region, the school offers outstanding teaching and first-rate professional training by a talented and very accessible faculty.

The student body at the School of Law is the most diverse in the nation and represents over 124 undergraduate schools. The curriculum offers the traditional Juris Doctor degree as well as a nationally-ranked Environmental Law Program, and a concentration in Pacific Asian Legal Studies. In 2003, the School introduced a one-year LL.M. program that gives foreign law graduates a strong foundation in American law.

Unusual access to the legal and local communities also makes studying in Hawai'i special. Professionals in our legal community-from sitting judges to attorneys in public and private practice-actively embrace the school's educational mission. Whether they are hosting moot court tryouts, judging appellate advocacy arguments, or teaching as adjunct professors, members of the Hawai'i bar bring practical real-world legal expertise; and a spirit of generosity and friendliness to the School that demonstrates some of the finest qualities Hawai'i has to offer.

The William S. Richardson School of Law now boasts twenty-two full time faculty members--a diverse, remarkably skilled group of teachers who also have earned national and international recognition for their legal expertise, research, and scholarship--as well as over 2,000 alumni, who now live and work throughout the United States and fifteen other countries.

To be sure, the School's great success is not measured only through the achievements of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Our dedication to serving the needs of the entire community already has changed the gender and ethnicity of the Hawai'i Bar. We are proud to offer future leaders a high quality, affordable legal education. We are pleased to be the most ethnically diverse law school in the country--if not in the entire world. Our students, staff, and faculty mirror and build upon the pluralism that helps make our beautiful State so extraordinary.

With the support of the state of Hawai'i and many private benefactors, we are enriching our curriculum and reaching far beyond our shores. We are very pleased that the first class in our new LL.M. program for international students enrolled in the Fall 2003. We continue to establish lasting ties with communities and scholars, people and governments throughout Asia and the Pacific. We also are further strengthening our existing close relationships with a multitude of judges, lawyers, and community leaders within the continental United States.

At the William S. Richardson School of Law, faculty and students are committed to learning as a collaborative enterprise. Our program challenges students to grow intellectually and professionally. Faculty members engage with students as partners as well as serving as sources of knowledge. A foremost concern of the Law School is to provide assistance in "learning how to learn." Students prepare for a challenging and rewarding professional life equipped with skills in legal counseling, advocacy, and decision-making. Students are encouraged to study law and legal institutions as integral parts of larger social, political-economic, and ecological systems.

The Law School curriculum is rich and diverse. Classroom experiences include vigorous discussion in traditional Socratic classroom settings, as well as lectures, seminars, informal small group discussions and individually supervised field and library research projects. Writing skills are honed in small groups and on a one-to-one basis with experienced faculty and practitioners. Students participate in experiential clinical courses that provide a wide array of opportunities including real courtroom experience, simulation clinics and externship opportunities. All students must enroll full-time (at least 12 credits) during the three-year program. A normal semester course load is 14 to 16 credit hours. Through rigorous, stimulating, and challenging study, the Law School's graduates are well-prepared to work in any jurisdiction in the country.



School name:University of Hawaii at ManoaWilliam S. Richardson School of Law
Address:2515 Dole Street
Zip & city:HI 96822-2328 Hawaii
Phone:808-956-7966
Web:http://www.hawaii.edu/law
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