University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law

William S. Richardson School of Law

Introduction

About UH Mānoa

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Mānoa's unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics program, and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a "best value" among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a strong education at an affordable price.

About Honolulu, HI

Honolulu is the largest city in the state of Hawaiʻi and also home to the State Capitol. Honolulu, which means "sheltered harbor" or "protected bay," is believed to have been founded as early as 2,000 years ago. The city was firmly established as the major center for the Hawaiian Islands by the mid-1800s. Hawaiʻi became the Aloha State in 1959 when it was formally admitted to the Union as the 50th state.

Today, Honolulu is one of America's safest cities with many unique features and characteristics. It's home to America's only royal palace and is known for its tropical climate, lush green landscape, diverse population, and community spirit known as aloha.

Our Mission

The William S. Richardson School of Law is a collaborative, multicultural community preparing students for excellence in the practice of law and related careers that advance justice and the rule of law.

We develop highly qualified, ethical professionals through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service.

We embrace Hawai‘i’s diversity and values and recognize a special responsibility to our state and the Pacific region.

We lead in environmental law, Native Hawaiian law, and Pacific-Asian legal studies.

Accreditation

The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has been accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association since 1982. The Section of Legal Education may be contacted at 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610 or by phone at (312) 988-6738. The Law School has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) since 1989.

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Programs

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Master of Laws (LLM)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 USA Honolulu

The LLM (Master of Laws) Program at the University of Hawaii is a one-year course of study of the U.S. legal system. [+]

The LLM (Master of Laws) Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law is a one-year course of study of the U.S. legal system. If you have a law degree, or will soon graduate with a law degree, you may apply for the Program. The Program runs from August to mid-May. Our Program will help to enhance your legal English skills and understanding of American legal culture while providing you with the opportunity to interact daily with excellent American law students and faculty in a warm and friendly environment.

Program Highlights: Specializations in Business, International, Environmental Law, and more. Opportunity to Transfer to the Juris Doctorate Program Networking with Top Legal and Business Leaders Personalized Attention for LLM Students Hawai‘i’s Strategic Location to Pacific Rim Countries Hawai‘i’s Culture, Recreation & Beauty The William S. Richardson School of Law ... [-]

Advanced JD for Foreign Law Graduates

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Honolulu

The Advanced JD degree is a two-year JD program that allows graduates of foreign law schools to complete their U.S. law studies and earn a JD degree on an accelerated schedule. [+]

The Advanced JD degree is a two-year JD program that allows graduates of foreign law schools to complete their U.S. law studies and earn a JD degree on an accelerated schedule. Under this program, qualified foreign law graduates may be admitted with advanced standing and awarded up to 29 credits for their previous law study. The decision on the number of credits to be granted will be made when your application is considered, and successful applicants will be notified at the time of admission how many credits they will receive for their foreign study.

Most students admitted to this program will complete the first-year required JD curriculum in their first year of study, then take their choice of elective courses in the second year of study. We work with all students to design an individual program suited to their background and interests, including participation in our programs in environmental, international and business law.... [-]


Environmental Law Program

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Honolulu

The Law School's Environmental Law Program (ELP) was established in 1988 in recognition of the special challenges the State of Hawai‘i faces in developing an environmentally sustainable economy in a unique island environment. [+]

The Law School's Environmental Law Program (ELP) was established in 1988 in recognition of the special challenges the State of Hawai‘i faces in developing an environmentally sustainable economy in a unique island environment. ELP trains students to become future attorneys, policymakers, and scholars in the field of environmental law locally, nationally, and internationally.

Accordingly, ELP offers a significant number of courses to second- and third-year students that allows them to explore the opportunities and challenges in this emerging field of law.

Students also may opt to earn a Certificate in Environmental Law. Students wishing to complete the ELP certificate undertake a core series of classes and must complete a directed study, externship, produce a scholarly article or paper, or participate as a member of the Environmental Law Moot Court Teams. Thanks to its dedicated faculty, ELP has gained national recognition and is currently among the finest environmental programs in the United States.... [-]


JD Program

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2019 USA Honolulu + 1 more

At the Law School, we are committed to learning as a collaborative enterprise. Our program challenges students to grow intellectually and professionally. [+]

Overview

At the Law School, we are committed to learning as a collaborative enterprise. Our program challenges students to grow intellectually and professionally. Faculty members engage with students as partners as well as serving as sources of knowledge. A foremost concern of the Law School is to provide assistance in "learning how to learn." Students prepare for a challenging and rewarding professional life equipped with skills in legal counseling, advocacy, and decision-making. Students are encouraged to study law and legal institutions as integral parts of larger social, political-economic, and ecological systems.

The Law School curriculum is rich and diverse. Classroom experiences include vigorous discussion in traditional Socratic classroom settings, as well as lectures, seminars, informal small group discussions and individually supervised field and library research projects. Writing skills are honed in small groups and on a one-to-one basis with experienced faculty and practitioners. Students participate in experiential clinical courses that provide a wide array of opportunities including real courtroom experience, simulation clinics, and externship opportunities. All students in the full-time JD program must enroll for at least 12 credits during the three-year program. A normal semester course load is 14 to 16 credit hours. Through rigorous, stimulating, and challenging study, the Law School's graduates are well-prepared to work in any jurisdiction in the country.... [-]


Visiting International Professionals (VIP) Program

Campus Full time September 2019 USA Honolulu

If you are a mid-career professional who has a law degree from outside the United States and would like to further your law study on a non-credit, non-degree basis, we invite you to apply to our Visiting International Professionals (VIP) Program. This program enables participants to craft a flexible curriculum to suit their needs, whether it be specializing in a specific area of law or taking a variety of law subjects. [+]

The Hawaiʻi Visiting International Professionals (VIP) Program provides foreign legal and business professionals the opportunity to study American and international law through a program of courses given on a non-credit, non-degree basis. The VIP program is ideal for mid-career professionals who wish to pursue specialized law study but are not seeking a degree. We also welcome LLM graduates who wish to gain additional training in American law or are preparing to take a U.S. bar exam by focusing on bar-related courses.

The full VIP program begins each year in August and ends in May, but applicants who are unable to spend the full academic year at the Law School may apply to participate in the VIP program for one semester only. VIP participants may enroll in up to 17 credit hours per semester of classes as auditors. Although VIP participants are free to take most Law School courses, enrolment is subject to space availability and approval by the course instructor.... [-]


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