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Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #326 (QS) , HI,
The LLM (Master of Laws) Program for Foreign Law Graduates is a one-year course of study of the U.S. legal system. If you have earned a bachelor’s degree in law at a university outside the U.S., then you may apply for the Hawai‘i LLM.


 Our Program will help to enhance your legal English skills and understanding of American legal culture, while providing you with the opportunity to interact daily with excellent American law students and faculty in a warm and friendly environment. 

LLM students who decide to concentrate their study in one of our areas of excellence may earn a separate certificate in addition to their diploma. We now offer specialization certificates in seven major areas: business and commercial law, conflict resolution, criminal law, environmental law, international and comparative law, international human rights law, and ocean law and policy.

Program Highlights:

  • Specializations in Business, International,Environmental Law, and more.
  • Opportunity to Transfer to the Juris Doctorate Program
  • Networking with Top Legal and Business Leaders
  • Personalized Attention for LLM Students
  • Hawai‘i’s Strategic Location to Pacific Rim Countries
  • Hawai‘i’s Culture, Recreation & Beauty

The William S. Richardson School of Law

The School of Law is particularly strong in environmental law as well as Pacific-Asian legal studies. It maintains a veryfavorable student-faculty ratio (14:1), which encourages closer interaction between teachers and students. The studentbody now numbers around 325 and is the most ethnically and racially diverse in the nation, drawing applicants fromPacific and Asian countries as well as from Hawai‘i and throughout the U.S.

What distinguishes the Law School from other law schools?

  • It is one of the only schools in the U.S. offering resources in Pacific-Asian legal studies, ocean law studies, and environmental studies.

  • It has the largest and most diverse minority student population in the United States.

  • It has admitted women in high percentages for more than 20 years.

  • It is the only law school in Hawai?i.

  • Its friendly atmosphere and excellent faculty make studying here intellectually and socially rewarding.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International & Comparative Law
  • Ocean Law and Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Completed Application Form:Personal Statement.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts and Degree Verification
  • TOEFL Report
  • Application Fee: A $60 application fee
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (Optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14508 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    29016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14508 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    29016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14508 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Honolulu

  • 1640 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financial assistance through the University is only open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, but the Law School may award Boas Fellowship assistance on the basis of need and merit. All admitted students will be considered for available scholarship funding.

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