Rendering of plans for Clinical Building at the University of Hawaii39s law school University of Hawaii

Rendering of plans for Clinical Building at the University of Hawaii's law school.

Clinical building under construction at University of Hawaii law school

$7.2 million project will provide space for the law school to expand its community outreach work.

The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii has begun construction of a new Clinical Building.

The $7.2 million facility will provide space for training in trial skills and advocacy, as well as expanding the law school’s community outreach work through clinics and pro bono service by students, the university says. As part of their graduation requirement, students must give 60 hours of free legal assistance in areas of their interest.

“This is about real-world practical training which will make our students the best in the world,” Hawaii David Gov. Ige said at a groundbreaking for the project. “I’m certain that CJ Richardson would be proud this space will be dedicated to programs to serve the most at-risk populations.”

The two-story building will be connected to the existing law school by a second-story walkway. It will provide more than 8,000 square feet of space, which will enable the school to expand its 10 clinical programs.

The State Legislature approved the project in 2013. The $7 million package of bonds includes $3.5 million in general obligation bonds backed by the state, and authorization for $3.5 million in revenue bonds backed by the law school’s own funding, through a combination of tuition and philanthropy. Additional costs cover building contingencies, furniture, and technology.

Construction is expected to be complete in about a year. The architect is G70 International, and the builder is F&H Construction.

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