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- DEGREE PROGRESS. Check STAR to track your progress of your degree.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the degree requirements are met and to follow the policies outlined in the Student Handbook. Although you may receive counsel from the Law School’s administration and faculty, you are directly responsible for meeting your graduation requirements.
- CREDITS. Earn a minimum of 89 law credits. Please note the course requirements below:
- First Year Curriculum
- Constitutional Law I
- Professional Responsibility
- Second Year Seminar (SYS)
- 6 Credits of Experiential Learning (EXL) Courses
Refer to the Student Handbook for complete details regarding fulfillment of your graduation requirements.
- PRO BONO REQUIREMENT. Complete at least 60 hours of Pro Bono service and ensure submission of all required materials (by the student and supervisor) by May 1 (for Spring graduation), August 1 (for Summer graduation), or December 1 (for Fall graduation). A confirmation email will be sent to you upon completion of the requirement. In STAR, the Pro Bono requirement will read “Completed” after 60 hours are approved and verified. Email the Director of Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- APPLICATION FOR DEGREE. Submit the Application for Degree to the first floor Administration desk as soon as possible no later than January 30 (for Spring and Summer graduation) or September 30 (for Fall graduation). This form notifies UH-Mānoa and the Law School of your intention to graduate. A $30 fee will be assessed to post the degree and to generate your diploma.
- Print your name EXACTLY as you wish it to appear on the diploma.
- Select the appropriate semester and year in which you plan to graduate.
- You must put a mailing address on the form. If you do not provide an address, you must coordinate with the University Registrar’s Office regarding receipt of your diploma.
- Pay the $30 processing fee via STAR. Do not enclose the fee with your Degree Application form.
- Email the Application for Degree to the Law Registrar’s Office at email@example.com. The Law Registrar’s Office will obtain the appropriate signatures and forward it to the University Registrar’s Office for processing.
- It will take at least 8-10 weeks after you graduate for your diploma to be sent.
- PROGRAM CERTIFICATES. If you wish to be considered for a certificate (Environmental Law, International & Comparative Law, Native Hawaiian Law, or Pacific Asian Legal Studies), check with the Program Director before you register for your last semester. Turn in your completed and signed certificate checklist to the Program Director by April 15 (for Spring and Summer graduation) or October 30 (for Fall graduation). The Program Director will forward approved certificate checklists to the Registrar.
- POST-GRADUATION SURVEYS. Before you graduate, fill out the mandatory “At Graduation” survey regarding your post-graduation plans. Log into The Hub and enter ALL required information in the “Post JD-Report Status” section. Each graduating student is required to report their status whether it be Seeking Employment, Accepted a Job, Judicial Clerkship, Enrolled in Graduate Studies, etc. The Law School is required to report this data on employment and bar exams to the American Bar Association (ABA). A ten-month “Post-Graduation” survey will also be sent to you. Kōkua by completing this survey as well.
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
- HEALTH INSURANCE. Do not let your health insurance coverage lapse. Your UH student health coverage will expire after you graduate. Make plans now to replace your student health insurance.
BAR EXAM PREPARATION
- HAWAI‘I STATE BAR APPLICATION. Check the Hawai‘i State Judiciary website for application deadlines and required documents.
- DEAN’S CERTIFICATE FOR HAWAI‘I STATE BAR APPLICATION. Email a scanned copy of a signed and notarized Form 3 to the Law Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail the original, notarized Form 3 directly to the Law School to:
William S. Richardson School of Law
Attn: Law Registrar’s Office
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
Submit these forms to the Law School for processing well in advance of the Hawai‘i State Bar Examiners Office’s stated deadline.
- NON-HAWAI’I STATE BAR APPLICATION. If you are planning to take a State Bar Exam outside of Hawai‘i, be sure to check the state’s application procedures, deadlines, and required documents. Submit the appropriate forms and documents to the Registrar in a timely manner so that the Registrar may process and submit the form by the stated deadline.
- MPRE. Sign up for the MPRE.
- FINANCIAL AID. Complete Exit Loan Counseling for Financial Aid. (See link on UH Financial Aid website.) Prepare for repayment of student loans. Contact the Law School Financial Aid Manager for questions about your repayment options.
- BAR APPLICATION LOAN OPTIONS. Contact the Law School Financial Aid Manager prior to the deadline (mid-April for Spring graduation) to request changes to your financial aid.
- FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS ON STAR. Make sure you do not owe anything to the University (including library fines, parking tickets, application for degree fee, etc.) A hold will be placed on your record if there are any financial obligations on STAR. This will affect conferral of your degree and release of your diploma.
- LIBRARY FINES. Make sure you have returned all books and paid any outstanding fines. A hold is placed on your record for all unpaid library fines. Failure to clear your account will affect conferral of your degree and release of your diploma (as well as Collection Agency involvement).
LAW SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
- LAW SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT DETAILS to follow. Contact Tracie Sur, email@example.com, with questions.
RETURN ITEMS BEFORE YOU GRADUATE
- LOCKERS. All lockers must be vacated, cleaned, and locks removed no later than one week after the Law School Commencement unless you fall under one of these exceptions: 1) attending Summer School, 2) preparing for the Bar exam, or 3) are a continuing student. If you fall under one of these exceptions, you will need to fill out a form that will be sent to you from the Student Services Office in the first week of May. If you are a bar taker, your locker must be cleared out by August 1, no exceptions.
- LIBRARY KEY CARDS. Return your key card to the Law Library Circulation Desk. It is important to return the cards as they are re-used for the next class and are very expensive to replace. If you do not return your card, you will incur a $25 replacement fee and a hold will be placed on your record, which will affect conferral of your degree and release of your diploma.
- KEYS AT WSRSL. Return all Law School keys to the Student Services Office to the first floor administration desk.
- PASSWORDS AND DATABASE ACCESS. Contact the Electronic Services Law Librarian for details regarding passwords and database access upon graduation.
AFTER YOU GRADUATE
- ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. Please visit the Alumni section of the website and find the WSRSL alumni page on Facebook to learn more about your fellow alumni, upcoming events, and ways to get involved. Contact the Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified of alumni events.