Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Run for Justice

Wait List

I have been invited to join the wait list. What happens if I do not respond before the deadline?

When will I know if I have been admitted?

If I am admitted, how will you contact me?

If I receive an offer of admission, how long will I have to decide?  

Can I do anything now to make it easier to matriculate if I am eventually accepted?

How many people are on the wait list?

How may I improve my chances of being admitted?

I have been accepted at another law school. What should I do?

Are students admitted off the waitlist eligible for merit-based scholarship awards?

I am not a resident of Hawai’i.  May I establish residency in Hawaii while attending the law school?

If I am offered admission from the waiting list, may I defer my enrollment?

I was not admitted. What should I do?

Wait List

I have been invited to join the wait list. What happens if I do not respond before the deadline?
If you do not respond before the deadline, you will lose the opportunity to join the wait list.

When will I know if I have been admitted?
If we utilize the list, we may contact you as early as April. However, we may not be able to tell you if there is room in the class until early August.

If I am admitted, how will you contact me?
We will call or email you. Please make sure that the contact information on your online status page is up-to-date. If we cannot reach you, we may offer the seat to another applicant.

Can I do anything now to make it easier to matriculate if I am eventually accepted?
Yes.

  1. If you wish to claim Hawai‘i residency, or qualify for an exemption (ex. military orders, Native Hawaiian ancestry), complete the Residency Declaration Form. Enter eight zeros (00000000) for the UH ID number. If you are admitted, a determination of residency status will be made prior to matriculation.
     
  2. Please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our federal school code is 001610. If you are admitted, your financial aid request will be processed much more quickly if you have already completed the FAFSA. If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact Lisa Dye, Director of Financial Aid, at lisadye@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-5502.

How many people are on the waitlist?
We do not give out information about the length of the list or where your name is located on the list. We have found that this information may lead to an unfounded sense of optimism or discouragement.

How may I improve my chances of being admitted?
You may want to email us a simple letter telling us why you want to go here.

I have been accepted at another law school. What should I do?
Do what you think is best. Not all persons on the wait list are eventually admitted. In fact, in some years, we have not used the wait list at all.

If you choose to attend another law school, please contact Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Director of Admissions, at esteele@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-5557. We will remove your name from our wait list.

Are students admitted off the waitlist eligible for merit-based scholarship awards?
No.  We have exhausted our very limited scholarship budget for entering students. The largest award was an annual award of $5,000. See also https://www.law.hawaii.edu/grants-scholarships.
You may want to explore links to external scholarships.  Eligibility for these scholarships may be based on financial need, academic achievement, and extracurricular activities.  Please apply as early as possible and be mindful of filing deadlines.  Many scholarships may consider the amount of financial need as determined by your FAFSA.  Please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you have not done so already.

I am not a resident of Hawai’i.  May I establish residency in Hawaii while attending the law school?
No, you may not establish Hawai'i residency while you are a full-time or part-time student at the Law School.  You should plan to pay non-resident tuition for your entire law school career.  See https://www.law.hawaii.edu/tuition. 

 If I receive an offer of admission, how long will I have to decide?  
I will ask you to make a non-refundable $250 deposit within three business days. 

If I am offered admission from the waiting list, may I defer my enrollment?
No, applicants admitted from the waitlist may not defer.

I was not admitted. What should I do?
If you want to attend our law school, we hope you will reapply next year.

If you choose to attend another ABA-approved law school, you may apply to transfer to our law school after your first year. Please note that the transfer application process is highly selective. You might also choose to visit (take classes) at our law school and then return to your home law school to graduate.

Or, spend your summers with us! Our summer law program is open to students who have completed their first year at any ABA-approved law school.

Contact

Elisabeth Steele Hutchison

Director of Admissions
Office phone
(808) 956-5557