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Hawaii’s William Richardson Law School Garner’s National Recognition

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Robert Myers of the Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that the National PreLaw Magazine has named the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson Law School as being in the top 25 Best Value Law Schools, based on tuition, bar passage and employment rates.

The Princeton Review’s recently published "Best 172 Law Schools" college guide ranked the William S. Richardson School of Law as offering the "Best Environment for Minority Students." The law school also placed second as the school "Most Chosen by Older Students" and fifth in the "Most Diverse Faculty" category.

The review’s rankings are based on surveys of 18,000 students attending 172 law schools and on school-reported data during the last three academic years.

I have been an attorney in Hawaii since 1975 and am a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School so I have an objective view of the UH Law School. I can say without reservation that I agree with these accolades for the UH Law School and I believe that it deserves _ particularly under the brilliant stewardship of Dean Aviam Soifer _ that the law school deserves even more praise as one of the hidden gems on the American legal scene.

Justice is the most important goal of man on earth and our country is founded out of revolution and a search for a just society. The law will always be a controversial subject because it involves justice and that is always a controversial and somewhat fickle subject. What is justice to one side of a dispute is not justice to the other. And in the end, the public judges what the justice system is doing and the public is a changing mix of attitudes and ideas and opinions. But justice depends on a set of laws and rules that can be enforced in courts with competent and fair judges of the law and citizen juries. The UH Law School admirably contributes to the scholarship and training of practitioners who will participate in the seeking of justice.

Of the three great professions – Religion, Medicine and Law – Medicine answers to science and Religion answers to faith and a higher power while law answers to the people and that can be a difficult and varying standard that changes frequently and is always and inherently controversial.

In Hawaii the graduates of the William S. Richardson School of Law are as good, and often better, than the attorneys from the Ivy League schools like Harvard or Yale. Congratulations to Dean Soifer, the brilliant faculty that he has assembled and that he nurtures and inspires and to as fine a student body as you will find at any law school.