The William S. Richardson School of Law is listed in the top 100 law schools in the country in this year‘s ranking of America‘s best graduate schools to be released next week. The UH law school is ranked 86th among the 177 US schools surveyed — just ahead of Marquette, Georgia State and Santa Clara, and just after such schools as the universities of Oregon, South Carolina and Miami.
"We are pleased to continue to be ranked among the top law schools in the country by our peers on the mainland," said Dean Lawrence Foster. "Here in Hawaii, where most of our alumni work, our reputation for quality legal education is second to none."
The school also places well in the magazine‘s new law school diversity index, with accompanying notes indicating that the student body at the law school is 62 percent Asian-American.
"Diversity is a key element of a sound legal education program," Dean Foster added. "We are proud of the strong diversity of our law school."
This year‘s rankings are based on surveys conducted in fall 2002. They measure selectivity in admissions, placement success after graduation, faculty resources and a quality assessment by the dean and faculty members of each school surveyed.
Graduate programs in international business at the College of Business Administration were again ranked in the top 25 in the country, listed as 21st — just ahead of the University of Washington and just behind Michigan State University.
Business College Dean David McClain commented, "The College is pleased to once again be ranked among the top 25 by U.S. News for its graduate programs in international business, particularly since the competition includes some of the most prestigious and best financed business schools in the nation.
"Our ranking reflects the dedication and expertise of our faculty, who are recognized throughout the world for their knowledge of Asia-Pacific business," McClain added.
Specialty category rankings are based on selections by educators at peer institutions. Business school deans and program heads were asked to nominate programs for excellence in each of a half-dozen specialty areas, and those with the most votes appear in the list of the top 25.
Data tables will appear in the US News and World report publication — America‘s Best Graduate Schools 2004 — available on newsstands Monday, April 7. Some data have been posted today at www.usnews.com.
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