University of Hawaii at Manoa

Juris Doctor (JD)

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The Juris Doctor (JD) Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, prepares future leaders and attorneys for a rewarding professional life equipped with skills in legal counseling, advocacy, and decision-making. Students study law and legal institutions through an interdisciplinary lens as part of larger social, political-economic, and ecological systems. Classroom experiences include vigorous discussion in traditional Socratic classroom settings, as well as lectures, seminars, informal
small group discussions and individually supervised field and research projects. Writing skills are honed in small groups and on a one-to-one basis with experienced faculty and practitioners.

We offer full-time and evening part-time JD programs. Length of study is typically 3 years for full-time and 4 years for part-time students. A limited number of resident tuitions will be granted to applicants from the WICHE region, with preference given to students from WICHE states and territories that do not have a law school. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only with a February 1 priority deadline and a June 1 final deadline. To apply, visit:

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Elisabeth Steele Hutchison
Director of Admissions
Law Admissions
(808) 956-5557

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