A record number of 15 students graduated from the University of Hawaii’s law school with a Native Hawaiian Law Certificate this week.
Last year, seven students graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law with the certificate.
The new graduates received their degrees on Sunday. Their employment plans include working for the state judiciary, private firms, the military, the federal government, and nonprofit organizations.
The school’s Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law was established with federal funding in 2005.
It promotes education, scholarship, community outreach and collaboration on issues of law, culture and justice for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific and indigenous peoples.