Joanna Zeigler

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Degree: BS, Environmental Science, Humboldt State University

Why did you choose UH Law?
I chose UH Law because I love living in Hawaiʻi and I want to practice law in Hawai‘i.

What were you doing before you started Law School?
Before I started Law School, I was working on Mauna Kea on the Big Island doing forest restoration for an endangered bird, the palila.

Where are you headed after you graduate?
Hopefully I will stay in Hawai‘i.

Describe a highlight of your law school experience.
So far I have enjoyed meeting all of the 1Ls and learning about how diverse our backgrounds are.

Describe a fellow student or professor or mentor who has inspired you.
I have been inspired by the hard work and dedication that my fellow classmates have demonstrated which forces me to strive to do my best.

Describe your favorite organization and some activities related to that organization.
I have joined a few different organizations but I think my favorite is Ete (women's flag football). I have not been a part of a sports team since I was a kid. Ete has been a great way to meet new people, get exercise, and get out of the library!

Describe your UH law school experience in 3 words.
Intense. Exciting. New.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?
Treat law school like a marathon and not a sprint. Take breaks when you need them and go outside and get some fresh air. Make sure you bring a sweater for the library!

What surprised you most about UH Law? 
I was surprised at how nice the professors are. After reading about law school, I was expecting the professors to publically humiliate the students with the Socratic method but it turns out they are quite friendly and even humorous at times.

What law school organizations/activities are you involved in? 
Advocates for Public Interest Law, Environmental Law Society, Ete, and Student Ambassadors.

Which professor has most inspired you the most?  How?
My legal practice professor has inspired me most because she is so organized and helpful. She also knows the rules of the Bluebook better then I ever will.

Where can we find you when you're not in class?
When I am not in class, I am walking my dog on trails, soaking up sun on the beach, or in a yoga class.

What do you like most about UH Law?
I like how everyone is willing to help each other out. Whenever I have had a question or have been confused about something, there is always someone who is willing to explain or clarify it for me. 

How would you describe your classmates?
They've got my back!

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!”
  • Keep the balance and communication open with your loved ones. You'll hear this 1000 times but it really is important.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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. ”
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school? Read what you want to before you go to law school.”
  • 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.”