Aloha Prospective Students,

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 Hawai‘i’s unique location, dynamic culture and history--both have always emphasized, central to their missions, excellence in the study of both.

Today, within a global context, as American law converges with Pacific-Asian law, pursuing a JD with a deeper comparative perspective is paramount to practice, and increasingly career opportunities demand it.

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 you for practice.

Nearly all Richardson faculty are engaged in scholarship and scholarly exchanges in Pacific and/or Asian law. 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.

To broaden your exposure to the Pacific and Asia, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the William S. Richardson School of Law both offer a wealth of opportunities to pursue. Your JD can be complemented with a dual degree in a related discipline, to provide depth. While pursing your JD, you can also develop your language skills, via a multitude of language programs. You can also cap your JD to gain practical experience in the field through an array of internships and externships.

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 you will be impressed. Once you have, we look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us so we can discuss how we can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Best Regards,

The Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Committee


Incoming PALS Students At Orientation

PALS Students At Graduation