Adil Kutbi

Hometown:  Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Degree: Bachelor's degree in Law from King Abdulaziz UniversityWhy did you choose UH Law?

Why did you choose UH Law?

I chose UH Law for its good reputation that I heard from other Saudi UH graduates and because of its unique location in Hawaii.

What were you doing before you started your LLM?

I was working in the legal department in a tourism company under the supervision of a training attorney. I was drafting and reviewing company contracts and representing the company in court. After leaving the company I practiced law serving individual clients until I got a scholarship from Saudi Arabian government to study law in the U.S.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

I intend to work in the legal department of a government agency or in a law firm.

Describe UH Law in three words?

Inspirational, Unique and Motivated.

Where can we find you when you're not in class?

You can find me playing with my daughter at home, swimming and surfing in Waikiki beach or in the restaurants, trying different food.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?

Be qualified, be prepared, ask if you don't understand, and trust yourself.

Where is your favorite place to study?

In my bedroom and in the library.

What Law School organizations/activities are you involved in?

I enjoyed the trip hiking to the top Diamond Head with Dean Soifer!

What surprised you most about UH Law?

How the mix of students from different countries and multicultural backgrounds all study together in the same school. 

What do you like most about UH Law?

I like how UH Law invites actual state and federal judges to hold real hearings in the Moot Court Room to allow students to see what actually happens in court.

Students Speak

  • I chose UH because they offer a specialization in Criminal law. The other reason is the fact that I wanted to live in Hawai'i.”
  • American Inns of Court provides law students an opportunity to participate in interactive instruction with local judges and lawyers.”
  • I was under the impression that law school was a ruthless numbers game, but I've seen for myself that even lawyers 40+ years out from Richardson will stop each other on the streets in downtown to reminisce about their time in school.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • Before I started Law School I taught high school English at my alma mater for a few years. After teaching, I worked with the local organization that managed AmeriCorps programs in American Sāmoa.”
  • I knew my family and I would be happy here, and I've always wanted to live in Hawaiʻi. I was also attracted by WSRSL's small size compared to other Tier One law schools.”
  • I love that I feel at home on campus. The faculty, administration, staff, and students create an inviting, peaceful environment. Everyone is dedicated to your success. I also get to see rainbows on a weekly basis, don’t need to wear a coat and boots durin”
  • There are a lot of fun events, panels, and speakers. These events help you learn more about the law profession and also help you get to know your classmates. While you will need time to study, make some time for these events too.””
  • I would describe my law school classmates as “social characters.” Everyone came to this law school from many different places, financial backgrounds, and ethnicities.”
  • I chose Richardson because I know I want to live and practice in Hawaii after I finish school. Richardson provides the best opportunity for networking and connecting with the Hawaii legal community.”