How to Apply


Applicants to the LLM Program must hold a foreign law degree (or its equivalent) from a recognized law school outside the U.S. or (if they do not hold a law degree) be admitted to the practice of law in their foreign jurisdiction.


We consider applications on a rolling basis, from October 1 to May 1. We notify applicants once the admissions committee has made a decision. Applications received after May 1 will be considered if space is available.


A complete LLM application includes the following:

  1. Completed Application Form: Click Microsoft Word or PDF.
  2. Personal Statement. On separate sheets of paper, write about your experience and qualifications, your reasons for seeking an LLM degree and the course of study you wish to pursue.  The Personal Statement that you submit must be written by you alone and should not exceed 800 words (about two typed pages).
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation: You must provide two letters of recommendation. We prefer that one of the letters be from your 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.

    (See Letters of Recommendation form for specific instructions.)

  4. Transcripts and Degree Verification: Request official transcripts from all institutions (graduate and undergraduate) where you have studied, to be sent directly to the LLM Program, William S. Richardson School of Law.  If the transcripts are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted with each transcript.

   *LSAC Credential Assembly Service for TOEFL and Transcripts (OPTIONAL)
You may choose to use the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service, which is a convenient way to send your TOEFL scores and Transcripts to multiple law schools electronically. You must first register and pay a registration fee of $185 and submit your transcripts and TOEFL scores one time. LSAC will distribute your information to the law schools that you choose, if they are part of the network. This service is not required, however, if you choose to use this service, please write your LSAC account number at the top of your LLM Program Application form.

  1. TOEFL Report: 
    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 U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand.*

    Ordinarily, the minimum TOEFL scores for admission to the School of Law are 92 on the Internet-Based Exam (IBT), 580 on the paper-based exam and 237 on the computer-based exam, however we are flexible on these scores in certain cases.  Test scores more than three years old at the time of application cannot be considered; applicants must retake the test to present a more recent score.  TOEFL scores must be sent from ETS directly to the School of Law. The School of Law’s institution code is 4867. You may also send us your score reports using the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (See #4 above)

    *Applicants who have completed one-year as full-time students in an English-speaking university at the time of their application may be eligible for an exemption from TOEFL or IELTS requirement.  Exemption is not automatic and will be granted at the discretion of the LLM Admissions Committee. 
  2. Application Fee: A $60 application fee, made payable to the "University of Hawai‘i" is required. Payment must be issued by a U.S. bank or an international money order. Your name should be written on the check so it can be properly credited to your application. We are not able to waive or refund this fee.
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (Optional)

You may send the completed application form as an email attachment to; or by fax to 1 808 956 8313; or print out the application form and send it with the other documents by mail to:

LLM Program
William S. Richardson School of Law
University of Hawai‘i
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

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


Spencer Kimura '96

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