Extracurricular Experience

Gaining extracurricular experience is a great way to learn more about your interests and career goals.  This type of work may help to answer questions, such as:

  • Is law school a good fit for me?

  • What field of law am I interested in pursuing?

  • Will I enjoy working in a law firm (or other law related) environment?

Additionally, extracurricular activities help to build upon important legal skills, such as leadership, collaboration, and teamwork.  You will be able to make valuable network connections, build confidence, and possibly gain experience.  This type of experience is a great way to give back and make an impact to your community!  There are different ways to gain extracurricular experience, both on- and off-campus.  Also, feel free to make an appointment with a Pre-Law Advisor if you have any questions!

Opportunities at UH Mānoa:

  • Join a Club or Organization!

    • Mānoa Pre-Law Association (MPLA)
      • “We look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and hope that you will take the opportunity to learn more about us. Our objectives this semester is to provide our members with the knowledge of the legal profession and the law school application process. We have been working hard to prepare for this semester, and we encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities that MPLA has to offer. Even if you’re undecided about going into law, by becoming an active member of MPLA you will be making a very good investment towards your future.In the past, we have provided a variety of activities, including education workshops, organizational tours, various community service events, major-specific internship opportunities, and social gathering events. MPLA has always strived to improve by introducing new activities and new programs for our members.” – quoted from MPLA’s flier
    • Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi (ASUH)
      • “The Associated Students of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (ASUH) is the undergraduate student government representing all full-time, classified, undergraduate students at the Manoa Campus. ASUH was chartered by the University of Hawai’i Board of Regents in 1912 and is now in its 102nd year of serving and representing students. We work to bring issues of the student body to the attention of university administration, faculty, staff, community groups and government officials to implement change and improvements for the student body.” – quoted from ASUH website
    • Debate and Forensics Society
      • “The mission of the Debate and Forensics Society (DFS) is to provide the University with a forum to develop student’s argumentative abilities through good-spirited competition to engender active and sophisticated participation in educational, professional and civic dialogue.” – quoted from DFS website
    • East-West Toastmasters
      • “Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow – both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll open up a world of new possibilities: giving better work presentations; leading meetings – and participating in them – more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively.” – quoted from East-West Toastmasters’ website 
    • Honors Student Organization
      • “The Honors Student Organization (HSO) is completely student-run organization and serve as a liaison between students and the staff of the Honors Program. All students enrolled in the UHM Honors Program are automatically members of the HSO, but we highly encourage individuals to take an active role in our activities, some of which may fulfill the engagement opportunity requirement of the Honors Program curriculum.” – quoted from HSO website

Opportunities Off-Campus:

  • Here are some tips for volunteering!

    • Start volunteering as soon as you can & get a variety of experiences.
    • Figure out all of the details.
      • Is there a minimum commitment?
      • Are there other requirements, such as interviews, health clearances, or screenings?
    • Gain a depth of experience.  Stay with an organization/project as long as possible.
    • Schedule time to study before creating a volunteer schedule.  Your studies should always take priority over volunteering.
    • Be proactive!  Ask questions and take advantage of any and all opportunities.
    • Build strong relationships with the people at your organization.
    • Keep some type of journal to document the things you learned and your experiences as a volunteer.  Make sure to add them to your Resume!
    • Enjoy your volunteering experience!
  • Reach out to local organizations that match your interests.

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