Law School's Incoming Students to Take Law Student's Pledge

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Carol Mon Lee, (808) 956-8636
Associate Dean
Kristen Bonilla, (808) 956-5039
Public Information Officer
Posted: Aug 16, 2004

The incoming students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law will be welcomed to the law profession when they take the Law Student‘s Pledge on Thursday, August 19, at 9 a.m. at the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. The pledge will be administered by Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Moon, and overseen by Retired Supreme Court Justice William S. Richardson, the school‘s namesake, and Hawaiʻi State Bar Association President Dale Lee.

Approximately 100 incoming JD students and 7 LLM (Master of Laws) students will take the pledge, which was written by UH School of Law Professor Chris Iijima as part of a broader program on professionalism for entering law students to encourage and foster integrity, professionalism, civility and justice. The ceremony, for which this is the third year, is intended to make students aware and impress upon them the significance of their professional responsibilities.

The Law Student‘s Pledge is as follows:

I, [name], in the study of law, will conscientiously prepare myself:

To advance the interests of those I serve before my own,

To approach my responsibilities and colleagues with integrity, professionalism and civility,

To guard zealously legal, civil and human rights which are the birthright of all people,

And, above all,

To endeavor always to seek justice.

This I do pledge.

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