A: You do not need to file a separate application to be part of ELP. Once you have started law school, you can decide to participate in the wide array of opportunities offered to you by ELP at any time.
A: No. ELP regularly holds informational sessions and certificate planning meetings for all students interested in learning more about pursuing the certificate. Students use the Certificate checklist to plan their courses throughout law school. The first-year law school curriculum, however, is largely fixed so students do not start taking ELP courses until the second year. Most ELP students take Environmental Law in the Fall of their second year as a gateway course and Administrative Law in the Spring of their second year. By their third year, students must demonstrate that they will meet the Certificate requirements upon graduation.
A: A description of the certificate program and requirements is available in the “About ELP” section of this website. The Certificate requires two “core” courses (Environmental Law and Administrative Law), three advanced courses, two supplemental courses, academic excellence (3.0 GPA), and one intensive/extra-curricular course or paper option.
A: Yes. The certificate is an acknowledgement of specialization in environmental law studies, and therefore is only available to students working toward a law degree (J.D.). About ten students a year obtain the Environmental Law Certificate upon graduation. To date, over 130 students have obtained the certificate.
A: Yes. Although the scheduling of courses can be challenging for students in the new part-time JD program, it is possible for a part-time JD student to earn the ELP certificate.
A: No. The certificate is a recognition of your specialization in a particular study of law and supplements your JD.
A: ELP welcomes students from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds, from corporate to public interest and everything in between. Our faculty, courses, and students reflect the broad range of educational and career interests in Hawai‘i’s land use, environmental, business, government, and indigenous communities.
A: Yes. Each year a few students – through careful planning and consultation – work toward dual certificates. With careful scheduling, obtaining dual certificates is possible.
A: The certificate requires a focused course of study based on a selection of courses and extra-curricular options. Students must meet the other law school course requirements as well. A typical certificate student still takes a number of upper-level Bar classes such as Evidence, Constitutional Law, Trusts and Estates, and Business Associations. How many and which Bar courses you take depends greatly on your own study habits and career goals.
A: Yes. ELP welcomes participation from, and provides opportunities to, all students interested in studying environmental law. Many law school students take one or two ELP courses without pursuing the Certificate.
A: The Environmental Law Society is a student-run organization at the Law School, independent from the Environmental Law Program. ELS and ELP collaborate on a number of activities throughout the year. All law students are welcome to participate in both ELS and ELP events.
A: The certificate distinguishes your achievement in law school and conveys to employers that you have focused your studies in a particular field of law. Moreover, ELP provides certificate candidates career counseling support and opportunities to network with employers throughout the school year and over the summer.
A: Our graduates work in private law firms, federal, county, and state agencies, the federal and state courts, public interest law firms, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Many work in Hawai‘i, but several have pursued careers on the continent or abroad. For more information about the wide variety of career opportunities, refer to our ELP Careers Directory (on the ELP web site).
A: Yes. First, select courses of interest by exploring the “About ELP” section of this website. Not all courses are available each semester, so you will need to cross-check your chosen courses of interest for availability with the Law School schedule. Click here for the class schedule. Once you have identified a course or courses you would like to observe, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that while most class observation requests are granted, we are not able to grant every request. When you visit an ELP course, you can also arrange for a student-hosted visit to general law school classes with the Admissions office.
A: If you are a prospective student, you can join the ELP listserv and receive regular notices about events and program opportunities, such as the lunch-time speaker series. You can also email ELP directly and inquire about how to get involved. Send your request to join the listserv and/or other inquiries to email@example.com.
A: While the certificate is available only to law students, UH Mānoa graduate students in other programs are welcome to (and often do) enroll in ELP classes (usually the gateway Environmental Law course, offered every Fall).
A: First, check the ELP web site (www.hawaii.edu/elp) and the Law School web site (www.law.hawaii.edu). If you still can not find an answer, please email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from the program will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Law Program!