JD Application Instructions
Earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or an equivalent degree from a university-level institution in a foreign country before August 2014.
Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) no later than December 2013 to meet our priority deadline of February 1. To register for the test, create a student account at the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website at www.lsac.org. Determine if you qualify for an LSAC Fee Waiver.
We will consider applications submitted after the priority deadline -- and scores from the February 2014 and June 2014 LSATs --as long as space remains in the class.
NOTE: The Admissions Committee will consider your highest LSAT score, but it will see all your reportable scores. See LSAT & GPA FAQs.
Register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). LSAC will combine your reportable LSAT scores and writing samples, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL score (if applicable) into a CAS report that will be sent to the Law School.
- LSAT Score: Make sure there is a reportable LSAT score in your LSAC file.
- Institutions Attended: Provide information about the schools you attended to LSAC. You must list each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended (including community colleges, undergraduate and graduate institutions, law/medical/professional institutions).
- Transcripts: Make sure all the required transcripts are sent to LSAC. See Requesting Transcripts at www.lsac.org. If you currently enrolled in classes, you may send the transcripts now without waiting for this semester's grades. Later, have an updated transcript sent to LSAC. LSAC will automatically forward it to us.
If you are admitted to the Law School, you must have an updated, final official transcript sent to LSAC before July 15 so that your LSAC-generated UGPA will reflect the undergraduate academic work you completed AFTER you applied to law school. LSAC will not accept the official transcript that you will send to us.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: Make sure that two academic or professional letters of recommendation are sent to LSAC. We do not accept LSAC Evaluations. Please do not ask for letters of recommendations from family members or from persons who do not know you well. See Letters of Recommendation at www.lsac.org.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if applicable): Submit your TOEFL score to LSAC (institution code number 0058, department code 03) if 1) English is not your first or primary language, and 2) you do not have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, or the English-speaking countries in Africa. You must score at least 100 on the iBT or 600 on the paper exam. You must take the TOEFL no later than January 2014. We will not accept TOEFL scores from tests taken prior to 2011.
- Fee: Pay the fee for the Credential Assembly Service service.
After you submit your application (Step 5), we will request your LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report report from LSAC. LSAC will send it to us when it is complete and free of financial holds. We must receive your complete CAS report before the deadline. See Application FAQs.
Apply for financial aid. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. It became available on January 1, 2014. Need-based scholarships are awarded based upon eligibility and order of FAFSA received. Do not wait to find out if you have been admitted before completing the FAFSA. You may indicate "will file" on tax-related questions and then update this information after you file your taxes. Our priority financial aid deadline is March 1. Our federal school code is 001610. To add our school code to an existing FAFSA, click "Add a school" under "Returning User?". See Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs.
Apply to the Law School using our online application at www.lsac.org. We do not have a paper application. Everyone must apply online.
- Deadline: You are strongly encouraged to apply before February 1. We will consider applications submitted after the priority deadline -- and scores from the February 2014 and June 2014 LSATs --as long as space remains in the class. The Law School may exclude from consideration any application submitted after February 1 or any application that is incomplete on February 1.
- Application Fee: Pay our $75 nonrefundable application fee online at LSAC. See Application Fee Waivers.
- Personal Statement: Compose a 500-word personal statement on a subject of your choice. Many applicants write about their goals, achievements, influences, and their interest in our Law School.
- Résumé: Write a résumé detailing your education, extracurricular activity, professional experience, and community service.
We will email you when we make a decision about your application. We will also update your online status page. Most applicants who submit complete applications before February 1 will receive decisions in February. Applicants who apply after February 1 may not receive decisions until mid-June.
Please do not call us to ask about the status of your application. You can find the most up-to-date information about your application online.
If you are admitted, we will determine your residency status before you matriculate. See Hawaiʻi Residency.
Transfer and Visiting Students
You must use the online application for transfer and visiting students at LSAC. See Transfer & Visiting Students Application Instructions.
If you previously applied to our Law School and did not enroll, you must complete a new application.
Disclosure and Ethical Considerations
Because lawyers and law students are held to high ethical standards, you must be truthful and candid during the entire admissions process. The Law School expects you to furnish requested information in a complete and accurate manner. Failure to disclose an act or event may be more significant and may lead to more serious consequences than the event itself. Failure to provide complete and truthful information, or failure to inform the Admissions Office of any changes to your answers over time, may result in dismissal from or disciplinary action by the Law School, revocation of a degree, or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek bar admission. Your obligation to disclose does not end upon admission and continues throughout your law school career.
You should familiarize yourself with the requirements for bar admission in the states where you plan to practice law. For example, applicants may not sit for the Hawaiʻi Bar Exam or be admitted to the Hawai‘i Bar if they have not complied with a court order for child support, or a subpoena or warrant relating to a paternity or child support proceeding. Likewise, applicants may not sit for the Hawaiʻi Bar Exam or be admitted to the Hawai‘i Bar if they have not complied with an obligation under a student loan, student loan repayment contract, scholarship contract, or repayment plan. For more information, see http://www.courts.state.hi.us/docs/court_rules/rules/rsch.htm. For requirements for additional states, see the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and status as a covered veteran. See the University Nondiscrimination Policy.
The University recognizes its obligation to provide equal access to programs, services, and activities to students with disabilities. For accessibility information and services, please contact our office for students with disabilities, the KOKUA Program (Kahi O Ka Ulu ‘Ana - "The Place of Growing").
Social Security Number Usage
The University will issue unique and permanent student identification numbers to all students. The University requires Social Security Numbers for the purpose of tax reporting and reporting of enrollment status for deferment of loans.