Lauren Kurashige

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Degree: BS, Business Administration, Chapman University

Why did you choose UH Law?
Affordable and convenient.

What were you doing before you started Law School?
Working in retail.

Where are you headed after you graduate?
I am hoping to practice in Hawaiʻi.

Describe a highlight of your law school experience.
Getting to know my classmates.

Describe your favorite organization and some activities related to that organization.
APIL (Advocates for Public Interest Law) - they host the annual Run for Justice, APIL Gala, and offer grants for students.

Describe your UH Law School experience in 3 words.
Busy. Challenging. Fun.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?
Balance will be important. Try to eat healthy and exercise to prevent stress.

What surprised you most about UH Law?
The availability and popularity of academic support from weekly review sessions.

What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school?
There are a lot of fun events, panels, and speakers. These events help you learn more about the legal 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 law school organizations/activities are you involved in?
Law School Ambassadors, Phi Delta Phi, and APIL.

Where can we find you when you're not in class?
Cooking at home and playing with my dog.

What do you like most about UH Law?
Small community of students and teachers.

How would you describe your classmates?
Friendly, motivated, and diverse.

Students Speak

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Be qualified, be prepared, ask if you don't understand, and trust yourself.”
  • 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 would describe my law school classmates as “social characters.” Everyone came to this law school from many different places, financial backgrounds, and ethnicities.”
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school? Read what you want to before you go to law school.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • There is a feeling of being one family. Everyone is working to help us to succeed.”