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

  • When I'm not in class, I can most likely be found in the library, it's the best place to study that I know. However if I'm not on campus, I'm usually spending time with friends or family around town, especially trying out the latest restaurants!”
  • I chose UH Law because Hawai'i is my home and I plan on staying here to practice. Also, as a Hawaiian, I am interested in Native Hawaiian Rights under the law, thus, the program here allows me to explore this interest in great depth.”
  • Be qualified, be prepared, ask if you don't understand, and trust yourself.”
  • What I was most surprised about was the diversity of my 1L class. It’s amazing how many different backgrounds, interests and personalities are represented. ”
  • I consider the program as a pioneer on the frontier of legal education. One gets to experience the best of legal education while maintaining a critical eye on the process as a whole.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • I chose UH Law because I wanted to experience studying in Hawaiʻi, and I learned that the School has an excellent Environmental Law program. My graduate degree fellowship with the East-West Center is also tied with enrollment at UH.”
  • It's the total package for me. I am able to attend law school at home, be around my family and friends, watch my nephew grow, dance hula, and be a part of a really special community at Richardson.”
  • There is a feeling of being one family. Everyone is working to help us to succeed.”
  • 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.”