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Studying for an LLM (Master of Laws) in Hawaii

LLM in HawaiiHawaii is a state in America that is often associated with vacations and fun; the state conjures up the feeling of celebration and festivity within many people. Hawaii is the destination of choice for many holidaymakers, especially couples who choose the island for their honeymoon! Throngs of people flock to the picturesque haven island, and many have nicknamed the island state as paradise. In reality this isn’t that far from the truth as Hawaii’s natural scenery, beautiful beaches, warm tropical climate and archipelagic waters catapults many visitors to cloud nine!

The state of Hawaii is actually comprised of a series of islands: Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Moloka'i, L'na'i, Kaho'olawe, Maui and the island of Hawaii. Notably, Hawaii is the only American state made up entirely of islands (archipelago).

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Where & what to study in Hawaii

You can study for an LLM in Hawaii at the William S. Richardson School of Law which is the only law school in Hawaii. The school has a penchant preference for Native Hawaiian Law and Pacific-Asian Legal Studies which means that non-native Hawaiians can learn of the culture and laws of Hawaii. The William S. Richardson School of Law offers LLM specialisation certificates in five major areas: business and commercial law; conflict resolution; environmental law; international and comparative law; and ocean law and policy.

Law student's perspective

“Native Hawaii residents are friendly and always ready to help, I am genuinely pleased I chose Hawaii, I enjoyed the LLM course and I have learnt a tremendous amount from the native residents who have also taught me the language!"

Application & admissions

Interestingly, to gain admission into the LLM program at William S. Richardson School of Law, you must be a foreign student. American law student (or graduated from an American law school) are not eligible to apply for the LLM programs. The LLM programs are only open to students who have achieved a bachelors degree in law outside the US and/or have been admitted to the practice of law in a country other than America.

To study for the Master of Laws you will need: the application form (completely filled in with your information), application fee, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and IELTS/TOEFL scores.

Tuition fees & living costs

Tuition fees for 2013/2014 academic year cost: $36,696. Plus, as an international student you will have to factor in living expenses such as: housing rent/accommodation, books and university materials, feeding and so on. It is suggested that an international LLM student in Hawaii budgets for around $50,500 to cover one academic year of studies.

What to do when you aren't studying

Whether you fancy diving deep into the sea with amazing sea creatures around you, soaring over waterfalls on a helicopter tour, or a kayak trip along the Na Pali Coast, there are tons of adventures to be had on each individual island in Hawaii, and choosing an island to begin your exploration can be an exciting challenge. Each region on each island has its own distinctive vibe, and bear in mind that the north and eastern parts of the islands are more tropical than the south and western parts.

Top scenic locations to visit in Hawaii include Akaka Falls State Park which has two waterfalls- cascading Kahuna Falls and the spectacular free-falling Akaka Falls, which earned the park its name. Admittance to the park is free, which is perfect for many money savvy students. Other sites of interest are: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaunaoa Beach, Anaehoomalu Beach, Kealakekua Bay, Hilo Farmers Market and Waipio Valley to name a few.

What other US states can you study in?

There are plenty of LLM opportunities for those interested in the living and studying in the United States and we have essential LLM study guides to over 20 US states, including:



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