What is Worse: A Pandemic or Studying For the Hawaii Bar Exam?

Or, perhaps the answer is studying for the Hawaii bar exam during a pandemic.

We know it is hard and we have been trying to improve your study space options for weeks.  And now we have.

We will have a restricted opening for recent alumni who are studying for their license exam. It runs from July 6th to September 10, 2020.  The Law Library will be open via key card access only starting at 9 am.  All students must leave the building by 6 pm at which time key card access will be turned off until 9 am the next morning.  Reservations for a seat are required and are accepted up to 48 hours in advance.

Some of the key responsibilities and restrictions include:

  • You can use only the seat that you reserved for the day.  There are 81 seats available and you may select whichever seat you prefer.  You may enter and leave the Law Library repeatedly during the day and return to use your reserved seat.  However, do not leave personal items behind if you leave the Law Library building.
  • Please wipe down your workstation with sanitizer when you arrive and when you leave your seat.  Dispose of your used wipe outside.
  • You must wear a cloth face mask at all time while in the Law Library building, except that you may remove your mask once you are sitting at your assigned seat.  If you leave your seat for any reason, put your mask on again.
  • If you are not feeling well or show signs of illness, you cannot enter or stay in the Law Library building.
  • Physical distancing is mandatory.  If you feel that you must converse or gather with others, leave the building.
  • Unidirectional signage is posted throughout the building.  Please adhere to the signage.
  • Printer stations are available, but you must sanitize keyboards before and after use.  Follow the posted instructions at the printer stations.
  • Study rooms are unavailable.
  • There is no eating or drinking allowed in the Law Library.  Please take hydration and nourishment breaks outside.

For more information about the Pandemic Bar Study program, and to reserve a seat, please visit: https://law-hawaii.libcal.com.

Good luck with your studies.  Stay safe, be strong.

With great respect, The Law Library Staff and Faculty

Black Lives Matter: Community Reads

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The Law Library has a new collection available digitally for a limited time. The titles included in our Black Lives Matter: Community Read program are focused on #ownvoices and are intended to help patrons read, listen, learn and grow as they expand their knowledge of race relations.

About the Collection

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Audiobook)
Named one of the Most Influential Books of the Last 20 Years by the Chronicle of Higher Education and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, Alexander’s critically acclaimed book examines racial disparities through the lens of mass incarceration.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Ebook and audiobook)
This bestselling young adult novel follows Starr, a Black teenager caught between the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these two worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad (Ebook)
This New York Times bestseller published in January 2020 is based on the viral #meandwhitesupremacy Instagram challenge and provides a framework for readers to dismantle the privilege within themselves.

Upcoming Title

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijemoa Oluo (Audiobook)
Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they exist in almost every aspect of American life.