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  • Temple Law is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the top 11 International Law Programs in the nation.

  • Temple has the first and only ABA-approved law program in Japan.

  • Over 20% of our students have done legal studies abroad at our Rome and Tokyo campuses, and at other law schools around the world through our several exchange programs.

  • Over 75% of our students have taken at least one international law class.

  • International Law students have written for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal; compete in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition; or are members of the International Law Society.

The practice of law is no longer confined to national borders. Temple prepares students to meet the needs of a global society in every legal context. Our J.D. curriculum recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of international law and our course offerings reflect that all fields of law are subject to international standards. We offer courses running the gamut of International Law, from the International Protection of Human Rights and International Environmental Law, to Treaties and National Security Law, to U.S. Business Planning for International Transactions, and International Fiscal Policy. Additionally, J.D. students are frequently exposed to the international perspectives of the International LL.M. students in their classes, many of whom are seasoned lawyers from dozens of jurisdictions around the world.

J.D. students wishing to specialize in International Law can avail themselves of our LL.M. in Transnational Law, which requires a student to take at least 12 more credits worth of international or comparative law classes.

More than one third of Temple's full-time faculty has taught in or produced scholarship on international or comparative law. Temple faculty members have published several new books on subjects ranging from citizenship to comparative treaty law to Chinese contract law. In the past five years alone, Temple professors have published more than 60 book chapters and articles on international and comparative law topics in prestigious publications world-wide. Their expertise includes, among other things, immigration and refugee law, public international law, Japanese copyright law, the globalization of intellectual property law, global public health, international development law, and transnational commerce.

Temple's Institute for International Law & Public Policy (IILPP) provides rich opportunities for students, professors, and members of the legal and policy-making community to participate in a wide range of activities that create an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas regarding the relationship between international law and public policy.

IILPP activities include:

  • Hosting leading international law scholars and practitioners, through the Distinguished Scholars in Residence, Distinguished Diplomats in Residence, Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher Programs;
  • Sponsoring a variety of conferences, roundtables and lecture series that contribute to an intellectually vibrant community of faculty and students interested in international and comparative law; and
  • Supporting Temple faculty and Distinguished Scholars in Residence who are active in projects around the world and engaged in cutting-edge international law research.

Temple Law has unparalleled expertise in, experience with, and access to Chinese law, Chinese lawyers, and the Chinese legal system. Temple Law's initiatives in China are grounded on the theme of working together with our Chinese partners to develop carefully-selected legal professionals who will make significant contributions to the rule of law in China. Temple accomplishes these goals through three categories of programs: the Beijing Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program in collaboration with Tshingua University, non-degree education programs for judges and prosecutors, scholarly roundtables, and capacity building workshops in health law and experiential education. Additionally, J.D. students have the opportunity to spend a semester in Beijing to learn about the legal system and culture of China at Tsinghua Law School's study abroad program for foreign law students.