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

  • Entering law school as an Ulu Lehua Scholar was the greatest gift. Our program is a symbol of Richardson’s commitment to social change in Hawai‘i.”
  • Be qualified, be prepared, ask if you don't understand, and trust yourself.”
  • There is a feeling of being one family. Everyone is working to help us to succeed.”
  • American Inns of Court provides law students an opportunity to participate in interactive instruction with local judges and lawyers.”
  • 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 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.””
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school? Read what you want to before you go to law school.”