William S. Richardson School of Law


Aloha, (Chinese Translation Coming Soon)

There really is no better place in the United States than the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the William S. Richardson School of Law for anyone, like yourself, interested in the study of the Pacific and Asia and Pacific and Asian law. Bridging East and West--in keeping with Hawaii’s unique location, dynamic culture and history--both have always emphasized, central to their missions, excellence in the fields.

Today, within a global context, as American law converges with Pacific-Asian law, a deeper comparative perspective of the law is paramount. Unparalleled by any U.S. law school, Richardson’s Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Program encompasses a spirited collaborative community devoted to scholarship and scholarly exchanges on issues that impact the region and preparing students for practice.

Nearly all Richardson faculty are engaged in scholarship and scholarly exchanges in the field. We also boast faculty specialized in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Given such a dynamic scope, PALS is able to offer a panoramic selection of courses, extensively covering the region across nearly every area of law. We have a proud tradition as such of attracting the promise of the brightest and most talented students, interested in enhancing their legal studies with a concentration in PALS. To this end, Richardson offers a diverse JD with PALS Certificate, empowering students to do so.

We thank you for your interest in our law school and our program. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about both. We hope that you will be impressed. If you are a prospective visitor, please click here. If you are a prospective student, please click here.

Best Regards,

Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (“PALS”) Committee