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

  • 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 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.”
  • UH Law school has not only a good educational program but also diverse cultural environment. I thought I could experience something that I couldn’t get from the Mainland.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • The student body has been gracious and keeps a good balance between academics and social engagements.”
  • 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.”
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school? Read what you want to before you go to law school.”