New Direct Admission Program at Richardson

See below for an announcement from the William S. Richardson School of Law:

Aloha!

Today, the Law School announced a new pilot program which will allow eligible, highly qualified, UH Mānoa students and recent alumni to apply to Richardson for Fall 2015 admission without taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).  This is a pilot program for the 2015 admissions cycle and may not be renewed in future years. Those interested in applying to Richardson via the new, direct admission program must email me before May 22, 2015. Eligible applicants will have to move quickly to assemble their applications, secure recommendations, and order transcripts before our July 7, 2015 admissions deadline.

Please direct any questions about this new, pilot program — and potential applicants — to me.

Thank you!
– Elisabeth
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UH Mānoa students and recent alumni may apply directly to Richardson if they meet all of the following criteria.

  1. They have not already taken the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and do not plan to take the June 2015 LSAT.*
  2. They graduated (or will graduate) from UH Mānoa between August 2014 and August 2015.
  3. They earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above in six semesters of undergraduate, academic work at UH Mānoa.  (Students and alumni may view their academic record in MyUH. Click STAR Degree Check/View Transcript.)
  4. They scored at or above the 85th national percentile on the ACT or SAT. (Students and alumni may find the national percentiles on their score report.)

*UHM students and alumni who have taken the LSAT or will take the June 2015 LSAT are not eligible for the Richardson Direct Admissions Program.  However, they may apply via our regular admissions process.

This new program is the result of a recent revision of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law.  See ABA Standards and Interpretations, Chapter 5: Admissions and Student Services, Interpretation 503-3.

Those interested in applying to Richardson via the new, direct admission program must email the Admissions Director Elisabeth Steele Hutchison at esteele@hawaii.edu before May 22, 2015.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2015 admission to the Law School is July 7, 2015. See our step-by-step law school application instructions.

See also https://www.law.hawaii.edu/direct-admissions-program.

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