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The LL.M. and J.D./LL.M. in Asian Law

Program Requirements

Students doing the stand-alone LL.M. program study full-time for one academic year.  During the Fall semester, students take relevant core coursework (described below) at Main Campus in Philadelphia.  During the Spring semester, students spend a semester taking relevant coursework overseas at one of three locations: Temple University Japan in Tokyo, our partner Jindal Global Law School located in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), or at Tsinghua University in Beijing, with whom the Law School already operates an LL.M. program for Chinese lawyers.   Students doing the J.D./LL.M. program, having already spent multiple semesters in Philadelphia, would only have to spend a semester at one of the three aforementioned programs in Asia, assuming they had taken a semester's worth of qualifying coursework in Philadelphia.

To satisfy the Philadelphia requirements for the LL.M., students must take six credits (typically two 3-credit courses) on Asian Law – one of which may be a guided research paper – plus two more 3-credit courses in a related area of international law from a menu of courses released by the Program Director every year.

The Asian Law can be satisfied by taking two 3-credit courses from the following list:

Japanese Law
Chinese Law
Law in Asia
Guided Research

Additionally, both stand-alone LL.M. and JD/LL.M students would be required to take six credits (typically two courses) from the following list of International Law courses:

  • Advising the Multinational Company on Global Legal Issues
  • Business Planning for International Transactions
  • Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Comparative Competition Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure
  • Comparative Immigration Law
  • Constitutional Law and Foreign Policy
  • Current Issues in Japanese Law*
  • East/West Negotiation*
  • Foundations of International Criminal Law
  • Immigrant Low Wage Workers in a Global Economy
  • International Law Colloquium
  • International Civil Litigation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Commercial Mediation and Arbitration
  • International Commercial Transactions
  • International Contract Drafting
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Development Law and Policy
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Entertainment Law
  • International Finance
  • International Health Law
  • International Human Rights and US Litigation
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Intellectual Property Licensing
  • International Investment and Trade
  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • International Taxation
  • International Trade
  • International Trade Contracts
  • Introduction to International Business Law
  • Introduction to Japanese Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Refugee Law and Policy
  • Regulating Cyberthreats
  • The Global Workplace
  • Treaties

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are offered only at Temple University Japan.

All students in the Program must complete their Spring semester abroad, at one of the 3 campuses in Asia already mentioned. The Law School has already had discussions with our partner institutions, Tsinghua and Jindal, as well as with TUJ, and we have ascertained that the various institutions' academic calendars work together quite well under this plan.   

Below are the list of courses students can choose in each location taught in English, based on current course schedules from the respective institutions.

Courses at Tsinghua University, Beijing:

Chinese Foreign Trade and Investment Law
Chinese Practice of International Law
Chinese Civil Procedure
Chinese Contact Law
Chinese Banking Law
Chinese Intellectual Property Law

Tsinghua is an elite, large Chinese university with a large law school primarily aimed at domestic, Chinese students; students with sufficient language proficiency could petition to take courses taught in Chinese to count towards the LL.M. degree.

Courses at Jindal Global University, Delhi NCR:

Law of Contract I
Constitutional Law I
Family Law I
Criminal Procedure Code, Juvenile Justice Act & Probation of Offenders Act
Clinic II- Drafting, Pleading and Conveyancing
Administrative Law and the Regulatory State
Law of Evidence
Public International Law
Corporate Law
Environment Law
Introduction to Banking and Finance Law
International Trade Law
Law of Taxation
Elective - Law Stream (Business Law)
Special Contract (Contract Law II)
Constitutional Law I
International Criminal Law
International Law and Terrorism
Civil Procedure Code & Law of Limitation
Labor Law
Law of Evidence
Jurisprudence
Clinics I – DPC
Intellectual Property Law
Environmental Law

The courses available to the LL.M. students at Jindal are taught in English and are aimed at domestic Indian students earning their LL.B., a graduate law degree equivalent to the J.D. in the United States.   Although the course titles do not explicitly use the word "Indian," they are focused on Indian law in much the same way that a J.D.-oriented Corporations class at at U.S. law school will be focused on American corporation law.

Courses at Temple University Japan:

Business Planning for International Transactions
Current Issues in Japanese Law
East-West Negotiation
International Contract Drafting
International Intellectual Property
International Law
International Organizations
International Protection of Human Rights
International Taxation
Introduction to Japanese Law
Guided Research

All of the above courses are commonly taught there.  All except from Current Issues in Japanese Law are taught in English.

For examples of the kinds of academic programs that students could assemble, please see the charts below.  As one can see, our solid offerings in Philadelphia, combined with the richness of the offerings at the three Asian institutions, allows for students with strong yet diverse interests to tailor their course of study to those interests.

EXAMPLES OF ONE YEAR LL.M. COURSE SELECTIONS (GRID)

Beijing option:

Fall (Philadelphia)

Spring (Beijing)

Chinese Law

Chinese Contact Law

Guided Research

Chinese Banking Law

International Business Transactions

Chinese Intellectual Property Law

International Tax

Chinese Foreign Trade and Investment Law

Delhi NCR option:

Fall (Philadelphia)

Spring (Delhi NC)

Law in Asia

International Law and Terrorism

Guided Research

[Indian] Constitutional Law

International Law

[Indian] Administrative Law and the Regulatory State

International Criminal Law

[Indian] Environmental Law

Tokyo option:

Fall (Philadelphia

Spring (Tokyo

Chinese Law

East-West Negotiations

Japanese Law

Special Topics in Japanese Law

International Investment and Trade

International Business Transactions

International Commercial Transactions

Guided Research