UH Law School to host Japanese student/faculty delegation from four universities

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Feb 26, 2016

Japanese law students and faculty visit the Oahu Community Correctional Center during a 2015 visit.
Japanese law students and faculty visit the Oahu Community Correctional Center during a 2015 visit.
Japanese law students at the State Capitol after meeting Governor David Ige in 2015.
Japanese law students at the State Capitol after meeting Governor David Ige in 2015.

Beginning Monday, February 29, 2016, the UH Law School will host 41 law students plus nine faculty members from four universities in Japan for a two-week immersion program in the American legal system, Hawai‘i style.

“We’re giving them exposure to a wide variety of aspects of American laws, with customized class lectures, site visits to various institutions including state and federal courts, the State Capitol, prison, and the Women’s Community Correctional Center,” said Spencer Kimura ’96, director of the LLM Program and Summer Programs at the William S. Richardson School of Law. “We also hope that by exposing them to American law, and the legislative, judicial and criminal justice systems, it will pique their interest in studying abroad in the future."

The Richardson Law School at UH Mānoa offers both an LLM degree in law and an Advanced JD for foreign-trained lawyers.

This is the 13th year that the Law School has opened its doors to this specialized program for Japanese law students; since it began in 2004, more than 200 students have visited the Law School. This year’s group is the largest to date, with the 50 visiting students and faculty coming from the University of the Ryukus, Aoyama Gakuin University, Meiji University and Aichi University.

Law Dean Avi Soifer said he is always happy to welcome the group and to have them share time with Hawai‘i law students, as well as to have the opportunity to meet the Governor and Hawai‘i judges, legislators and lawyers.

Said Soifer, “Our Law School is pleased to have longstanding ties to many Japanese law schools.  We are always pleased to welcome these visitors warmly and to be able to show them some of the reasons that we have such pride in our students and in Hawai’i.”

Excursions for the Japanese law students will include a visit to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court as well as to the Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel law firm, and a meeting with Hawai‘i State Bar Association President Jodi Yi ’95.

“In the past they’ve been very impressed with how open our judges are to speak with them,” said Kimura. “They’ve met with our Supreme Court justices, and when Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna ’82 spoke to them in Japanese, it kind of blew their socks off.” (McKenna’s first language was Japanese.)

Kimura said the Japanese law students last year were also deeply moved by an ‘oli chanted for them by inmates at the Women’s Community Correctional Center.  

The group will be in Hawai‘i from February 29 to March 10.

For more information, visit: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/