University of Hawaii Law School

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The William S. Richardson School of Law is a public, co-educational institution of the University of Hawai?i at M?noa in Honolulu, Hawai?i and is one of the leading law schools in the United States. Named after the beloved Hawai?i State Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, it is the only law school in the State of Hawai?i. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The William S. Richardson School of Law has adopted a mission of promoting justice, ethical responsibility and public service with special emphasis on field of law of particular importance to Hawai?i and the Pacific Rim region including environmental law, rights of native Hawaiians, maritime law and Pacific and Asian legal systems. There are approximately 270 students with an average of 90 students in each class, taught by 22 permanent faculty.

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Hawaii Law School Admissions

Hawaii Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 37% of its applicants. Comparatively, Hawaii is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 556 204 (36.69%) 85 (15.3%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.91 3.27 3.60
LSAT 151 154 158

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $22,392 $45,816
Part Time $16,792 $34,361

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $19,106
  • Living off-campus: $19,106
  • Living at home: $8,256

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 10/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 02/01
  • Application Fee: $75

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Hawaii Law School Community

Hawaii Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Hawaii is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 27
  • Part Time: 42


  • # Female Faculty: 38
  • # Minority Faculty: 35


11.3 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Hawaii Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Hawaii Law School 1L section size is equal to law schools in Hawaii and 11% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Hawaii Law School: 119
Hawaii Average: 119
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 92
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 204

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 108
  • Law Journals: 106
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 2.5%
  • Second Year: 1.3%
  • Third Year: 0.9%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Hawaii Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Hawaii Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 82% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 99.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 21.0%
  • Business: 8.0%
  • Government: 58.0%
  • Public Interest: 8.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Hawaii: 88%
  • District of Columbia: 2%
  • California: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 99.0%
  • First Time Takers: 97
  • Average School: 69.8%
  • Average State: 74.4%
  • Pass Difference: -4.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Hawaii: 74.1%
  • Passed: 63 of 92 (68.5%)
  • State Average: 74.4%
  • Difference: -5.6%