AJD Program - How to Apply


Applicants must hold a foreign law degree from an accredited or approved law school outside the U.S. The LSAT Examination is not required.


We consider applications on a rolling basis and recommend that you submit your application between October 1 and May 1. Applications submitted after May 1 will be considered if space is available.

English Proficiency Requirement

Proof of English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Your application must include a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination score report, UNLESS you earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution in the US, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand. Exemption is not automatic and will be granted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Test scores must be sent from ETS or IELTS directly to LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). We prefer scores from tests taken within the last three years. LSAC will not accept copies of score reports directly from applicants.

TOEFL: You can arrange for an electronic submission of your TOEFL score directly to LSAC. For TOEFL, use code 8395 when placing the order. You may be asked to choose a department code as well. Any department code will do, regardless of the corresponding department name, as long as you use institution code 8395.

IELTS: Law School Admissions Council only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.

Visas/Financial Support (for non-US citizens or permanent residents)

If you are admitted to the Law School and need a student visa, you will need to get a passport. The US government will also require that you show proof of adequate funds for the program of study. We encourage you to fill out and submit the Visa/Financial Support section; however, you may submit this information later, if you are admitted. Please check the Law School website for tuition rates and living expenses.

Application Materials

A complete application includes the following:

  • Advanced JD Application Form submitted through LSAC's website (account registration required), which is the preferred method. You may also download the hard copy of the application form here:

    2013-2014 AJD Application Form and Instructions (PDF)
    2013-2014 AJD Application Form and Instsructions (Word)
  • Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Registration – AJD applicants must have an active CAS registration using the Law School Admissions Council website (www.lsac.org/llm). The CAS report is an assembly service that will evaluate and compile your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL or IELTS score and will send them directly to our law school. Additional CAS fees will apply.

    Important: Be sure to register under the “Future LLM Student” option when signing up for CAS. Rest assured that you will be applying for and admitted to the JD Program, but registering through the LLM portal will allow you bypass the LSAT requirement. 
  • Personal Statement - Write about your experience and qualifications, your reasons for seeking an AJD degree, and the course of study you wish to pursue. The statement that you submit must be written by you alone and should not exceed 800 words (about three typed pages).
  • Letters of Recommendation - You must provide two letters of recommendation to LSAC to be included in your CAS report. We prefer that one of the letters be from a former or current law professor, if possible. If a recommendation letter is not written in English, then an English translation must accompany the original recommendation letter. Applicants to the AJD who have earned an LLM degree in the US should obtain one of the recommendation letters from an LLM teacher.
  • Transcripts - Request that official transcripts from all institutions (graduate and undergraduate) where you have studied be sent directly to LSAC to be included in your CAS report.
  • English Test Requirement - Your application must include a TOEFL or IELTS examination score report with a minimum 600 TOEFL score or 7 IELTS score, unless you meet the exemption criteria listed above.
  • Application Fee - A $60 application fee made payable to the “University of Hawai’i”. Payment must be issued by a U.S. bank or an international money order. Application fees are not refundable or transferable.
  • Writing Sample - Submit a document written by you at work or school in English on any topic, up to three pages, as a sample of your English writing ability. The writing sample does not need to be a complete document. You may black out any confidential information.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (optional).
  • Interview by Skype or in-person - Once your application is complete, the Admissions Committee may contact you with instructions for scheduling an interview. In most instances, the interview will be conducted electronically via Skype.

You must notify the Law School in writing as soon as possible if additional information or changes arise at any time after submitting this application.

We strongly prefer electronic submission of the application through LSAC's website. However, if you would like to submit the application form directly to our office, please email or fax your completed and signed application form to: kimurasp@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-8313. You can also mail the completed application materials to:

Advanced JD Program
Attn: Spencer Kimura
William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, Hawai’i  96822-2350

Please note that all application materials become the property of the William S. Richardson School of Law and the University of Hawai‘i and cannot be returned or forwarded elsewhere. Applicants are advised to make personal copies of their materials, as the Law School will not reproduce any materials submitted to us.

Spencer Kimura '96

Director of LLM and Summer Programs
(808) 956-9038