Katharina

Hometown: Duesseldorf, Germany

Degree: State examination, University of Bielefeld and Cologne; Phd-Candidate, University of Bochum

Why did you choose UH Law? 

I chose UH because they offer a specialization in Criminal law, which I appreciate. The other reason is the fact that I wanted to live in Hawai'i.

What were you doing before you started your LLM?

I was writing my phd-thesis and working for Clifford Chance as a research assistant. 

Where are you headed after you graduate?

I am heading back to Germany for my legal clerkship.

Describe UH Law in three words. 

familiar, laid back, open-minded

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

Probably at the beach.

What advice would you give to an entering law student? 

Enjoy every minute!!!

Where is your favorite place to study?

In the library of the Law School.

What surprised you most about UH Law? 

That it is so familiar.

What do you like most about UH Law?

Everybody is open-minded, friendly and helpful!!!

Students Speak

  • 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.””
  • Professor Linda Hamilton Krieger’s passion to shake up the status quo in the name of justice is contagious. Believe me – after hearing just one of her speeches, you will have the urge to do something great.”
  • I was working at the Al Lawati law firm which provides legal service to Oman Oil in Oman. I had previously practiced law in Iran since 2001.”
  • I would describe my law school classmates as “social characters.” Everyone came to this law school from many different places, financial backgrounds, and ethnicities.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • The UH Law community exemplifies the Hawaiian word “ohana.” Students, faculty, and other staff are very friendly and welcoming. There is no aggressive competition between the students, and the professors are welcoming and accessible.”
  • As a practicing attorney in Environmental Law in Japan, I was drawn to the strength of the Environmental Law Program at UH. I am striving to earn a specialization in Environmental Law.”
  • Keep the balance and communication open with your loved ones. You'll hear this 1000 times but it really is important.”
  • American Inns of Court provides law students an opportunity to participate in interactive instruction with local judges and lawyers.”
  • What I like most about UH Law is the open access to our Deans and Professors, the variety of programs and events available to us, and the ability to shape the future of not just our careers, but also our law school.”