University of Hawaii at Manoa

24 months
29016 USD/year
29016 USD/year
29016 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other 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.


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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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