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University of Hawai‘i law school announces new online, part-time program

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The University of Hawai‘i is opening a new part-time, online juris doctorate program for law students. Photo Courtesy: Pixabay

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law is launching a new part-time, online juris doctorate (JD) program for students seeking a legal education.

The Hawaiʻi Online JD Flex program provides access to law school for students from different locations and backgrounds through a 100 percent online format. The program begins fall 2023, and applications are being accepted until June 1.

Students in the online JD program will earn the same law degree as traditional students, and they will be qualified to take the bar exam in every state except New York, which has yet to adopt American Bar Association standards for distance education.


“This ABA-accredited program recognizes our global connectedness and more flexibly supports prospective law students in obtaining a Richardson law degree without having to relocate, leave their families or cease their employment elsewhere,” said Camille Nelson, dean of the UH law school. “We also expect that the Hawaiʻi Online JD Flex Program will enhance the provision of legal services in many communities outside of Oʻahu, including rural and remote locations in Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands and beyond.”

Applications for the Hawaiʻi Online JD Flex program are now being accepted through the June 1 final application deadline.

Prospective students may visit online or email [email protected] for more information.


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