Flexible Curriculum in U.S. Law

Students who decide to pursue an LLM concentration in one of our areas of excellence may earn a separate certificate in addition to their diploma. We now offer LLM specialization certificates in five major areas: business and commercial law, conflict resolution, environmental law, international and comparative law, and ocean law and policy.

We provide our LLM students with solid training in U.S. legal analysis. During the fall semester, all students take Introduction to American Law, a special course that emphasizes the distinctive aspects of the American legal system and approach to legal issues. In the spring semester, we offer an optional Legal Research and Writing course designed to train international students in American legal analysis and writing. LLM students may also enroll in first-year courses such as Contracts and Civil Procedure, which serve as a useful, in-depth introduction to key areas of U.S. practice.

Bar Preparation

For those planning to take the New York State Bar Examination, the Law School offers courses to meet the new requirements effective as of 2012-13. These include Introduction to American Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Professional Responsibility, so you can prepare for the NY bar examination while studying in Hawai‘i.

Courses in Other Graduate Programs

Whether or not you pursue a specialized certificate, you may enroll in courses offered by the University’s other schools and departments. You may count up to six credits (usually two courses) taken outside the Law School towards the twenty-four credits required to obtain an LLM degree.


Spencer Kimura '96

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