Environmental Law Program

Prospective Students


Dean Soifer (right) with William S. Richardson

Dean Soifer (right) with William S. Richardson

ALOHA! I am pleased to introduce you to our exciting Environmental Law Program (ELP). From its inception in 1988, our ELP has grown into a comprehensive program with a regional, national, and international reputation for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service.  The diverse interests and expertise of our core and affiliate faculty allow us to offer a rich program of study.

Our students have unparalleled opportunities to engage directly in activities that include arguing mock cases before Hawai‘i, national, and international judges; externing with the government, corporate law firms, public interest law firms, and state agencies; testifying before law-making bodies; and participating in national conferences. They also work in the lo‘i (taro fields) with community groups, clean up streams and beaches, and take service field trips to help restore native vegetation to deforested areas. ELP graduates are working for the U.S. Department of Justice, serving in the Hawai‘i Legislature, representing private landowners, and litigating in federal court for environmental groups, together making remarkable contributions to enlightened environmental stewardship in Hawai‘i, the Pacific region, the U.S., and internationally. We invite you to meet, learn from, and one day become part of a remarkable community of lawyers by becoming a member of the ELP ‘ohana (family).

Dean and Professor of Law

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