William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawaii - Manoa

Why you should consider this program

Returning Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship, which provides an application fee waiver and a yearly $3,000 tuition discount. Fellows who successfully complete the Program will receive a Juris Doctor degree.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 69,486 $ 9,000 $ 60,486
Out of state $ 139,758 $ 9,000 $ 130,758
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

A yearly $3,000 tuition discount

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 21,875

Application fee waived?



As part of their studies, the Fellows will complete an internship which will benefit a high-need community in Hawai'i.

Other details

Program length

3 years

Application requirements

For detailed application requirements, please see https://www.law.hawaii.edu/jd-admissions.

Admissions process

Applicants who identify themselves as RPCVs may be asked to submit a short statement discussing their interest in the Coverdell Fellows Program in addition to all other JD application requirements.

Program begins

Mid August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Loreto Coloma Jr., Acting Director of Admissions

2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822