Opinion Letter No. 95-10
May 4, 1995
Law School Applicant Information is Confidential
The William S. Richardson School of Law critically
assesses an applicant's scholastic record, SAT
scores, personal achievements, and other factors to determine admission.
The privacy interests of
those unsuccessful applicants in the fact and status of their applications
outweighs the public interest in knowing who they are. Public disclosure
would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
privacy of each applicant. Therefore, the names and application
status of individuals who applied for
admission, but who have not been admitted, should not be publicly
However, applicant records may be shared between law
school officers and employees who have a "need to know"
in the performance of their duties. Such information may be disclosed
to other government agencies only to the extent it is not prohibited
by 92F-19(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, which restricts inter-agency
sharing of confidential information.