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

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Hawai‘i is home, and the William S. Richardson School of Law is Hawai‘i’s law school. UH Law School alumni include successful practitioners and valuable contributors to Hawai‘i in a variety of other roles.”
  • I think I would like to end up in the court room as a litigator. But who knows, I learn something new every day. There's no telling what will spark my interest next.”
  • 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 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.”
  • Keep the balance and communication open with your loved ones. You'll hear this 1000 times but it really is important.”
  • The student body has been gracious and keeps a good balance between academics and social engagements.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”