Supreme Court Tour
As part of our new student orientation, LLM and JD students tour the Hawai‘i State Supreme Court, the State Circuit Court and the U.S. Federal District Court, where they have a chance to meet with state and federal judges in Hawai‘i. Both LLM and JD students take the Law Students' Oath, which is administered by the Chief Justice of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.
Scenic Bus Tour
At the start of Orientation, we take our LLM students, along with JD students from outside Hawai‘i, on a scenic bus tour around the island of Oahu. The tour gives everyone a fun introduction to our island’s beautiful mountain scenery and lush rain forests, as well as to the pristine beaches on the North Shore.
Diamond Head with the Dean
In October, Law School Dean Aviam Soifer leads LLM students on a hike to the summit of world-famous Diamond Head Crater. Here they have a chance to marvel at the panoramic view of Honolulu and pose for photos at the beautiful blue Pacific. After the hike, the dean treats everyone to lunch at a local Hawaiian-style restaurant.
Law Firm Visit
We take our LLM students to visit a Honolulu law firm, so they can meet local lawyers and see how large firms in the U.S. operate. Students have an opportunity to discuss the actual practice of law in the U.S. with lawyers at the firm, and to see how it contrasts with the practice of law in their home countries.
Our January Term (J-Term) provides LLM students the opportunity to take specialized mini-courses taught by distinguished visiting professors from Harvard and other law schools. Past topics have included comparative corporate and securities law, constitutional law, property rights during rapid social change, and American law under President Obama’s leadership.
The Jurists-in-Residence Program brings U.S. Supreme Court Justices and top international judges to the Law School every year to meet with students, faculty and the legal community in Hawai‘i. In February 2010, for example, LLM students met with His Excellency, Hisashi Owada, President of the International Court of Justice. In 2011, we will be joined by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
Law Student Organizations
Every year in January or February, our Pacific-Asia Law Students Organization (PALSO) rings in the Chinese New Year with Chinese food and a traditional lion dance for good luck. PALSO is just one of the many groups that actively contribute to a lively student life here. Whether it is a symposium on Native Hawaiian rights issues, a discussion about career opportunities in Asia, or a surf contest with Honolulu attorneys, there is always something happening at the Law School.
Law School Parties
Every year, Professor Randy Roth hosts an informal dinner party at his house for the LLM students, our visiting scholars and their families. It is a relaxing evening and a chance to get acquainted with professors, classmates, spouses, and children in an ‘ohana (family) setting.
The final LLM event is graduation. We hold our graduation ceremony outdoors in the Andrews Ampitheater, after a special party. It’s our custom to give flower lei to the graduates, including our wonderful LLM students. Although we must bid aloha to them, we keep in touch with all our LLM alumni. They will always be an important part of our Law School family.