Mānoa: Oldest student to graduate from UH Law School, 70, will earn her Juris Doctor degree

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University of Hawaiʻi at MānoaContact:Posted: May 9, 2017Kay Lorraine in the UH Law LibraryAt 70, longtime Hawai‘i businesswoman Kay Lorraine will become the oldest student to graduate from the UH Law School when she walks across the stage at Andrews Amphitheater on Sunday, May 14, as one of 110 JD graduates and four LLM degree graduates.The William S. Richardson School of Law graduation begins at 4:30 p.m., rain or shine. A day earlier, on Saturday, May 13, Lorraine will also participate in the 4 p.m. commencement ceremony at the Stan Sheriff Center for many of the UH Mānoa colleges and schools.In addition to being UH Law School’s oldest graduating student, Lorraine believes she’s also the oldest full-time law student in the country. After doing some research, she reports that a 74-year-old man graduated from an East Coast law school last year, and an 80-something-year-old woman may be a current part-time student in another East Coast law school. At Richardson, the oldest graduate before Lorraine was 66.“It has been fascinating, frustrating, interesting, intense and one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” says Lorraine, who also admits to throwing up — twice — on the way to her first law exam.  “It’s maybe the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life,” she added, minus the throwing up, of course.Lorraine’s life-long dream of law school has been 50 years in the making, ever since she first imagined a legal career back in high school in Ohio. “Sometimes life intervenes,” she says. But even without a college degree – until six years ago – she has excelled, running a film production company as president and CEO, working as a professional “jingle” singer with celebrities like Mel Torme, and becoming the executive director and spokeswoman for a number of local nonprofits, including Hawai‘i Women …

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