Masao Shimanuki

Hometown: Kamakura, Japan

Degree: Bachelor of Law, Keio University

Why did you choose UH Law? 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 were you doing before you started your LLM? I practiced law in Japan for a small firm in Tokyo.

Where are you headed after you graduate?  I will return to my law firm in Tokyo.

Describe UH Law in three words. Very, very international

Where can we find you when you're not in class? I love cycling around Honolulu on my road bike.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?  Bring a warm jacket and long pants for studying in the Law Library.

Where is your favorite place to study? The University Campus Center

What surprised you most about UH Law?  I was pleased to find that every student has a private carrel in the Law Library.

What do you like most about UH Law? I like the fact that there are many small classes on a variety of subjects to choose from.

Students Speak

  • 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.”
  • The student body has been gracious and keeps a good balance between academics and social engagements.”
  • 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.”
  • The UH Law community exemplifies the Hawaiian word “ohana.” Students, faculty, and other staff are very friendly and welcoming. There is no aggressive competition between the students, and the professors are welcoming and accessible.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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 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.”
  • 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.”