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 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.”
  • 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!”
  • 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.”
  • 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 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”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • I would describe my law school classmates as “social characters.” Everyone came to this law school from many different places, financial backgrounds, and ethnicities.”
  • Be qualified, be prepared, ask if you don't understand, and trust yourself.”