Jai Han Ahn

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Degree(s): PhD Candidate, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Sung Kyun Kwan University; LLB at Korea National Open University

Why did you choose UH Law? 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. In addition, Hawaii’s perfect weather and beautiful scenery attracted me to come here. Hawaii is an optimal place to study and enjoy my life at the same time.

What were you doing before you started Law School? I worked for a couple of TV stations as a program director for 4 years. I was involved in producing TV news, a variety of TV shows, local commercials, etc. Since 2002, I have been working for Korea Sports Promotion Organization, a public corporation under the Korean government, as a project coordinator. As a business developer and sports marketer, I am mostly involved in international projects to build new sports fund-raising businesses, engaging with International sports organizations such as IOC, OCA, ISU, and UIM.

Where are you headed after you graduate?: I will probably go back to my country and work for the same company again for awhile. Ultimately, I plan to teach students at a university as a professor.

Describe UH Law in three words. Diverse, Humane, Professional

Where can we find you when you're not in class? I would say I’m a quasi-librarian because I stay in the library from 8:00 AM til closing time.

Students Speak

  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • 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”
  • 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.”
  • 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. ”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • The student body has been gracious and keeps a good balance between academics and social engagements.”
  • What surprised you most about UH Law? How hard one has to work. You can't roll out of bed and get a B here.”
  • 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.”
  • A highlight for me was volunteering to be a bailiff at the Susan B. McKay competition. I saw upperclassman compete orally in front of real lawyers and judges from our community. I was amazed at the professionalism and skill that the competitors showed.”